You’re not likely to find a whole lot of people getting excited about a 1973 Plymouth Satellite Sebring with a 318 two-barrel with a single exhaust, unless you’re me and you drove around in your mom’s for seven years until she traded it on a — Jesus help us — Chevy Citation. But I’ve always loved these cars and always thought they were just as good looking as the more popular 1968 to 1972 GM A-Body intermediates. I wrote a whole story on this one in Hemmings Classic Car a number of years ago. In it, I wondered why despite the fact that Plymouth sold 120,000 Satellite coupes alone in 1973, you never, ever, ever see these things at car shows or in the classifieds.
Stylish without being ostentatious, comfortable without Barcalounger appointments, for 120,000 Americans, this intermediate coupe did its job admirably in 1973. But we were left with one nagging question: with that many cars sold, why it so hard to find one this nice now?
These things were everywhere well into the 1980s.
Daisy Duke — or as the picture shows, at least Daisy Duke’s ass — drove the Road Runner version of one in the first half of the first season of the Dukes of Hazzard. That sense memory alone should make this one of the most popular cars in America.
A 1974 Satellite — without the Road Runner hood — also appeared in the episode 22.
Yet, I have been to exactly three cruise-ins, car shows and gatherings where a 1973 Satellite showed up. Where’d they go? Who knows?
(Photos by the author
Dukes of Hazzard images courtesy IMCdB.com)