Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe
As a fuel economy champ, Plymouth was second only to the Ford six in the 1950 running of the Mobil Gas Economy Run. Plymouth recorded 21.25 mpg against the winning Ford's 23.33 mpg. In its traditional three-way race, Plymouth scored lower than Ford and Chevrolet in the ton/miles per gallon category. On the nation's race tracks, the pesky little Plymouths continued their winning ways. At the inaugural 500-mile race September 4 at Darlington, North Carolina, Johnny Mantz, driving a 1950 P19 two-door sedan, outlasted the bigger, heavier cars to win the race at an average speed of 76.26mph. The Mantz car, which was later wrecked, has been replicated and is on display at the Speedway Museum to this day.
For consignment we have as good as it gets in the form of a well-done frame off rotisserie restoration, and meticulous attention to detail when putting it back together. This is a show car and has been driven only about 1,000 miles since the restoration 6 years ago. A stunner right out of 1950, this is better than showroom especially on the paint side, although everything else is all super standard as to fit and finish and overall construction inside and out.
OEM Blue was matched to the factory paint, then applied and buffed until there was a glasslike finish all over on it. It bathes rounded steel panels which have laser straight and consistent gaps. Chrome trim is all there and beautiful, mirror like, and looking like it was literally just dipped. There is plenty of it but tastefully done and just right amount for the model car. Round fenders are all but melted into the side panels of the body, and sport shiny trim spears. The rocker trimming works its way rearward and flares up on the front of the rear quarter fender. All buttoned up with absolutely no rust, and the paint is 2 miles deep when you gaze at this wonderful car. On all 4 corners are deep chromed dog dish style wheels with thin white sidewalls and bias ply tires.
Gray fuzzy broadcloth nice and tight frames the door panels which have metal faux painted wood on the upper sills. Nice bakelite knob chrome handles are present, and a gray smooth vinyl door pull, and lower panel are seen on all 4 doors. Turning out attention to the interior, in particular the dash, we see more shiny painted wood grain on metal for the original looking dash. A trio of large circular gauges lines up across the dash in front of the steering wheel and continues on with a large chromed radio and speaker setup, and fan and heating controls hanging below, all nicely chromed. A white bakelite near perfect steering wheel fronts this beautiful dash and is nicely chromed for the accenting. Speckled gray broadcloth with some tasteful centered pleats covers the front and rear benches. Gray carpet in pristine condition covers the floors, and a pleated gray headliner floats tightly above.
Peering under the hood in a restored engine bay sits a 218ci L-Head Inline 6-cylinder engine. This is topped with a simple 1-barrel carburetor, and a 3-speed manual transmission on back of this I-6. 3.91 are the gears for the rear axle.
Frame off rotisserie means clean as a whistle, and this undercarriage does not disappoint. All is buttoned up mechanically and structurally under here with black painted frame and suspension all rust free, and a contrasting blue on the floorpans rockers for body hangers, and mechanical surrounds. Mechanically it is fully functional with fully restored to original independent coil spring suspension on the front, and leaf spring suspension on the back. Drum brakes operate on all 4 corners to stop this beautiful car.
Super quick turnover, and smooth a silk idling, are just the beginning of a very pleasurable test drive. Great pickup, smooth cruising, and wonderful acceleration move this car easily down the road at a comfortable cruising speed. All interior functions were awesome, and fully operational.
We are skirting very close to the use of the word concours, and in fact could use it for this restoration and condition of this car. Paint is gorgeous, chrome is super shiny, and interior is very well done to original specs. A show car, and a great driver, well done and here for the taking. Come in, be impressed, turn the key and drive it to a show!
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