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THE LEAST JUNKED CAR IN AMERICA
The 1966 Plymouth Belvedere?

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Published on Wed, May 1, 2013

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

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1966 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE IS LEAST JUNKED CAR IN AMERICA? HOT WIRE—Ever wonder which cars do best to avoid the junkyard? Conversely, which ones go on to die an early death? And just where do they go to die? More specifically, which make and models hit the proverbial road prematurely—and which are able to go on and on? According to Planet Junk Car’s database of 33,000 junked vehicles, the least junked car in America is the 1966 Plymouth Belvedere. Introduced in 1951, the Plymouth Cranbrook Belvedere arrived as a two-door pillarless hardtop. In 1954, Plymouth dropped the Cranbrook name, and the Belvedere became the carmaker’s top-of-the-line offering. In the late 1960s, the television show “Adam-12” featured a black and white Belvedere as one of the show’s stars. Today, there are approximately 200,000 1966 Belvedere automobiles produced, according to PJC. Here are a couple more noteworthy items from the PJC database: • 42 percent of junked cars are produced by Ford • Roughly 10 percent of junked cars are produced by Dodge "American cars are the most commonly junked cars in America, based on their death certificates,” according to PJC. “That is, the number of junked cars recorded on the date they are sold to Planet Junk Cars, and we have data based on over 33,000 of junked cars in all 50 states."

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