Cohort Pic(k) Of The Day: 1960 Plymouth Belvedere – A Spaceship Has Landed In Snow Country

Let’s take a look at this image from Hyperpack, uploaded at the Cohort. A 1960 Plymouth Belvedere, looking very space-age-like, as if coming from another planet. Though in this snow setting, this 1960s spaceship looks rather serene. Is it just waiting for spring to take off again?

I’m always surprised when a particular model hasn’t appeared much at CC. And the 1960 Plymouths seem to be one of them. However, a couple of wagons did appear a while back and those posts elaborate on the brand’s 1960 updates (links below).

But if you want the short version, unibody construction was adopted across the Plymouth line for 1960. In other news, the old flathead-six got the heave-ho and the new slant-six appeared with a displacement of 225CID on the full-sizers. Elsewhere in the powertrain menu, the 318CID and 361 CID V-8s remained available. “V-8 or Economy 6” in the words of Plymouth’s brochure.

The Belvedere remained the middle child of Plymouth’s full-sizers, slotted between the Savoys and Furys. Belvederes came as club sedans, hardtop coupes, or 4-door versions. Today’s Cohort Pic(k) seems to be a hardtop coupe, of which there were 14K units built.

As can be seen in this period commercial, Plymouth made a big deal about the new unibodies’ solid quality in their advertising. Like a lot of Chrysler products of the period, reviewers commended their handling and prowess, but their styling proved an acquired taste.

I’ll refrain from providing an in-depth look now, as we only have one rear shot from today’s find. A few more would be needed to make true justice to this design, from an era when Exner was starting to show a flourish for rather Ex-centric detailing. I’ll admit, it takes some getting used to. Years ago, when I first came across a 1960 Plymouth I was taken aback by its ‘mask-like’ fascia. A feature that was particularly notorious in two-tones.

Needless to say, Exner’s fascination with jet-age styling was quickly falling out of favor when these came to the market. With NASA being established in 1958 and the Mercury program starting, folks were interested in real rockets, not earth-grounded pretenders.

But like all things 50-plus years later, in recent times I’ve warmed to these early ’60s Plymouths and find them rather distinctive. And if I was a kid and you told me I could fly to Alpha Centauri in one of these, I would probably believe you.


Further reading:

CC Capsule: 1960 Plymouth Deluxe 2-Door Wagon – Deluxe Accommodations

Cohort Pic(k) Of The Day: 1960 Plymouth DeLuxe Suburban Wagon – Good Bones, Big Fins And Wild Dash