Plymouth Specifications

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Plymouth Specifications
The Big Three US car manufacturers have always had several divisions competing at different sectors of the market, and Plymouth has been at the low-end of the Chrysler range. The name was the brainchild of then Chrysler Sales Manager Joseph Frazier, he using Plymouth Rock for his inspiration – the place where the Pilgrim Fathers first set foot on American soil. Much like the competition, Plymouth borrowed heavily from the parts bin of its parent company, but where it was different was in how advanced those parts were. While Ford and Chevrolet still used wooden frames and mechanical brakes, the Plymouths used an all steel body and hydraulic brakes.

This made them a little more expensive than the competition, but they were undeniably a superior car in every way. It was pretty obvious to most just how superior the Plymouth was, and they enjoyed immediate sales success. In 1930, at the beginning of the Great Depression, Plymouth sold some 68,000 cars, quite a feat for a division barely 2 years old! To keep costs down, the early Plymouth’s used 4 cylinder engines, but unlike the competition the engines were mounted via rubber bushes, giving them unrivalled smoothness for a four cylinder. It quickly assumed 3rd position on the US sales charts, even beating parent Chrysler.

A six cylinder engine arrived in 1933, this addition to the line-up helping the marque go from strength to strength. In 1940, when Walter Chrysler died, Plymouth were manufacturing a half-million cars per year. After the war new Chrysler chief K.T. Keller insisted on a sensible three-box style for the new Plymouth’s, instead of the more forward looking “streamliner” style that was becoming increasing popular. Sales took a dive, and continued to slide until revolutionary stylist Virgil Exner was brought in during the 1950’s.

He brought Plymouth into the “tail-fin” era long before the competition, and once again Plymouth were a “style leader” rather than follower. The heady days prior to World War 2 were never to be revisited, but the marque was at least salvaged. Plymouth pre-empted the move toward more compact cars in the early 1960’s, the resultant Valiant being popular – never more so than in Australia. In the late 1960’s came such wonderful iterations as the Fury and Belvedere, along with the Mustang punishing Barracuda.
1949 Plymouth Special de Luxe  

1949 Plymouth Special de Luxe

1953 Plymouth Cambridge P24-1  

1953 Plymouth Cambridge P24-1

1959 Plymouth Belvedere  

1959 Plymouth Belvedere

1960 Plymouth Fury  

1960 Plymouth Fury

1962 Plymouth Ghia Asimmetrica  

1962 Plymouth Ghia Asimmetrica

1962 Plymouth Ghia Asimmetrica  

1962 Plymouth Ghia Asimmetrica

1964 Plymouth Barracuda  

1964 Plymouth Barracuda

1964 Plymouth Barracuda  

1964 Plymouth Barracuda

1964 Plymouth Barracuda  

1964 Plymouth Barracuda

1965 Plymouth Barracuda S  

1965 Plymouth Barracuda S

1967 Plymouth Fury  

1967 Plymouth Fury

1968 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback Formula S  

1968 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback Formula S

1968 Plymouth Fury III Sedan  

1968 Plymouth Fury III Sedan

1968 Plymouth GTX Hardtop  

1968 Plymouth GTX Hardtop

1968 Plymouth VIP Fast Top  

1968 Plymouth VIP Fast Top

1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda FB2 series  

1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda FB2 series

1970 Plymouth Barracuda  

1970 Plymouth Barracuda

1970 Plymouth Sport Fury GT 440  

1970 Plymouth Sport Fury GT 440

1970 Plymouth Sport Fury GT 440 6-bbl  

1970 Plymouth Sport Fury GT 440 6-bbl

1971 Plymouth Barracuda 440  

1971 Plymouth Barracuda 440

1972 Plymouth Cuda  

1972 Plymouth Cuda

1972 Plymouth Satellite Regent Station Wagon  

1972 Plymouth Satellite Regent Station Wagon

1972 Plymouth Satellite Sebring  

1972 Plymouth Satellite Sebring

1972 Plymouth Satellite Sebring  

1972 Plymouth Satellite Sebring

1972 Plymouth Satellite Sedan  

1972 Plymouth Satellite Sedan

1994 Plymouth Neon  

1994 Plymouth Neon

1994 Plymouth Neon Sport  

1994 Plymouth Neon Sport

1996 Plymouth Prowler (RPS-27)  

1996 Plymouth Prowler (RPS-27)

1997 Plymouth Pronto  

1997 Plymouth Pronto

1999 Plymouth Prowler  

1999 Plymouth Prowler

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