9. 1964 Dodge/Plymouth Maximum Performance A-864
The biggest news in the Mopar clan for 1964 was the return of the mighty and legendary Hemi 426 engine. Chrysler realized that other manufacturers had caught up with powerful 413 and 426 Max Wedge engines. The only solution was to bring back the Hemi as the ultimate dragstrip weapon. This wasn’t the famous Street Hemi, introduced two years later in 1966 as a regular production option.
This was race-spec Hemi which was not street-legal in most states and not available to the public. The 426 Hemi was rated at 425 HP, but the real output was much more than that. In 1964, Chrysler built just 70 copies, 35 as the Dodge 440 Hardtop and 35 as the Plymouth Belvedere Hardtop. Most of the cars they produced had automatic transmissions and others had four-speed manuals.