Classic Auto Mall
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1956 Plymouth Belvedere Sedan
All Plymouths were treated to a major overhaul for the 1955 model year. This was the first year of Chrysler stylist Virgil Exner's "Forward Look". The Belvedere returned as top-of-the-line. For 1956, Plymouth styling evolved from that of the 1955's. Most notable would be the introduction of the first push-button automatic transmission to appear in an American automobile and a more dramatic rear-end treatment highlighted by a pair of rakish tailfins. In early 1956, the Fury joined the Belvedere line as a special-edition high-performance coupe. Belvedere remained the top full-line series through 1958. In 1956, Plymouth added seat belts.
For consignment a black and white Plymouth Belvedere from 1956. With headlights not unlike the early Lincoln styling we could harken back to the original Batmobile and see a similarity. The "forward" look for design, two tone paint and nice trimmings, we have a cruiser that is right out of the finned era and has a rebuilt engine. It's a 4-door sedan, and definitely a suburbia second car mainly used for the grocery getter role.
With many "borrowed lines" from various cars (the headlights from the Lincoln, the taillights from the Tri Fives, and the trim spears and paint from the mid 1950's.) Not a muscle car, but just a family hauler which has nice conveniences and great classic looks. Black paint that has a few faults and some dulling covers most of this steel slab sided car. Chrome trimmings are all in good condition, and all glass is free from any delamination and all surrounded by nice aluminum trim. A white painted top and on either side is a mixture of trimming and paint change over creating a forward facing large white arrow that points forward. This white wraps around the lower part of the rear deck near the roll pan and is peppered with badged stainless moldings. A nice rear wrap mourned curved glass offers up great visibility and standard wheel covers are wrapped by mid-sized white walls on all 4 corners.
A swing of the door and some modern art from the mid 50's reaches out to your eyes with some black background broadcloth and a funky white stitched design within this upper door panel. In the mid door is white vinyl and this is broken up on the bottom by a black vinyl panel that is very smooth and tight. Slipping inside we find ourselves perched on a black vinyl bench with a white tub surround on the bottom. A rear bench is within these confines as well and is looking in fine condition. The original dash with the push button transmission to the drivers left, then some black steel with a white insert and aluminum panels for the round gauges, a central cigarette station, and a round panel on the panel in front of the passenger with Plymouth badging in your grandmother's handwriting. Nice clean black carpeting floods the floors and a yellowed white headliner in what appears to be mohair is floating above. Noted is some water damage to this fabric on each B pillar near the rear bench.
Underneath the hood in an unrestored engine bay sits the 277ci V8 which is topped with a single 2-barrel carburetor. A Powerflite 2-speed automatic transmission is on back and a 3.73 rear axle is attached. Engine is clean and as stated has been recently rebuilt.
Some surface rust, light and heavy is throughout the underside. On the floor pans all metal is solid as the same for the framing. Rockers have suffered a bit of invasive rust on the interior underside rocker metal showing some smaller areas of destruction. Independent coil sprung suspension is on front, and leaf springs for the rear. Drum brakes are seen all around.
A quick started, with a smooth idle for the rebuilt V8, and I was off to the test track. Good acceleration got me there quickly and sustained a nice cruising speed with a smooth ride and shifting getting there. Bias free panic stopping on the braking side, and all functions save for the rear taillights were working as they should.
Dripping with mid 1950's styling, in essential black and white livery and plenty of spears and trimmings. Along with the rear tail fins, it's back to the future here in our halls of Classic Auto Mall. A nice Plymouth example, that is a strong runner with the rebuilt engine, and all in fair to good condition overall.
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