Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
The best streetrods do everything well. You don't have to make excuses for them, you don't need a special sheet to explain to a stranger how to make them run like a scolded dog, and they look sharp in any atmosphere. This rare and gorgeous 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe Coupe is a full-sized hotrod that gets everything right, from the sleek blue bodywork, the gorgeous custom A/C interior, to the powerful 350 V8 under the hood. Mopars don't get the credit they deserve when it comes to some of their pre-war offerings, but this pro-built '41 is sure to be remembered for a very long time.
There's no missing this Sonic Blue Plymouth 2-door sedan coupe, but that's probably a good thing, since the top hotrods are all about personality. The color is officially called PPG Ultra Sonic Blue Mica Paint, and with a moniker that long you know the company is proud of it. It's a terrific choice on this early Mopar, which has to fight tooth-and-nail to stand out from the Ford and Chevrolet crowd that was dominating before the war. Despite the raked stance (thanks to the custom suspension) the car hasn't been chopped or heavily modified, although the bumpers were deleted, most of the trim was shaved, and the windshield was Vee'd, so there's no doubt it's a bit sleeker than original. Fit and finish are quite good, albeit not perfect after a couple years on the build, with solid gaps and straight lines and a uniform, strong driver-grade paint that really turns heads. Two-stage paint gives it a bright shine and a deep rich color that will never wear out, and even though it shows some signs of use, it still grabs your attention and can be shown-off with great pride. They avoided the usual custom pinstripe work that typically plagued vehicles from this era by dating them at first sight, and the chrome grille and headlight surrounds up front really steal the show, especially with the front bumper not obstructing things. Fat fenders and thin running boards are an interesting combination that actually really works, and the blue-dot taillights and ornate trunk latch finish things off perfectly out back.
One look inside and it's plain to see where a lot of the build money was spent, with a very recent custom interior that was so nicely finished it will surprise even the biggest of skeptics. A pair of beautifully upholstered bucket seats anchor a very functional and upgraded interior, wrapped in supple tan leather hides augmented with suede inserts. The Saddle tan and blue color combination inside works well with the bodywork, with the fresh components blending in perfectly rather than overshadowing the build. A custom center console splits the upgraded front seats, and the bespoke door panels were finished to match the quality and include all-new billet hardware. There's a high-end leather-wrapped steering wheel mounted atop a tilt column at the helm, and beyond it a full-set of Dakota Digital gauges mind the upgraded powerplant under the long hood up ahead. The new Restomod Air A/C system is a work of art - between the backlit controls and the custom vent panel that anchor the reworked dash, power windows are in tow, and a Cerwin Vega custom AM/FM/AUX/BT sound system provides the tunes inside the well-insulated cabin. A suede headliner lines the roof while plush carpets line the floors, and out back the trunk was finished to match with custom panels and carpets neatly installed to tie the entire build together. It's quite obvious nothing was overlooked inside, and they nailed all the details.
Great hotrods also deliver plenty of performance, but also do it reliably, so this Mopar received a warmed-over Chevy 350 V8 that's dripping in chrome and polished bits inside the custom engine bay. With a reported 50K miles on the drivetrain before it was swapped-in, the work was done right, so everything is still in good order and properly sorted. 461 double-hump heads augmented the block, and under that tall air cleaner you'll find a Summit 650CFM double-pump carburetor and Weiand 4-tunnel ram intake, along with a billet HEI distributor and electronic ignition system. It's backed by a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive that spins a 10-bolt rear end with highway-friendly gears. Front suspension is a mid'70s Camaro subframe set-up, and power steering and power front disc brakes improve the ride each time out. It gets that perfect stance from flashy, staggered Ridler chrome wheels wearing 225/45/17 front and 225/45/18 rear blackwall radials that fill the fenders.
Great streetrods like this are a special mix of professional craftsmanship and killer performance. Turn-key and set to dominate for years to come, this dialed-in Mopar is ready to go push around some Fords and Chevys. Call today!
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