1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe Convertible
Old cars have gotten a bad reputation lately as being a rich man's
game; news reports and TV shows depicting cars passing over the
auction block for literally millions of dollars can easily put that
impression in peoples' heads. Happily, like so much of what passes
for ''reality TV'' and ''news'' these days, most of it is
orchestrated hokum, and an example of the bank-draining insanity
that can happen when you have a live camera trained on you.
When you say, 40's cars you think of post war pent up spending, but
if you look on the pre Jet Age, before those finned beauties,
you'll see enough has changed in our cars nearly 70 years on that
these machines manage to feel vintage-they transport you to another
era. We also need to look at the word ''Deluxe'' which was used by
virtually every car manufacturer at one point or another. This car
oozes ''Deluxe'' in many ways, like its design, embellishments,
interior chrome, and curved lines. All affordable, and a real piece
of vintage that will not break the bank. Now that's Deluxe in the
flesh of a 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe, and it's a
This snazzy design harkening to a simpler time can best be
described as being in barn find but patina (being positive)
condition. With worn paint and surface rusted steel panels, some
missing trimmings, and lots of big chrome, we have landed firmly in
1948. Its nose utilizes a mild V formation in triplicate plus 1 for
the grille, and a mildly rusted and dimpled bumper below in this
framing. Big wide integrated front fenders, flare inward as they
move from the door panels to the front, where they meet in a peaked
hood with dual side spears on the bottom of it. A split windshield
fronts the convertible top in black canvas and probably one of the
newer parts on this car, complete with rear plastic clear window.
All rocker trimmings are nonexistent, as are the trunk lock, and
gas cap. The rear design of this car curves downward gracefully,
and has a single rectangular chrome trimmed on top and bottom
taillight, and a well-worn bumper on the bottom. Nicely preserved
bog dog dish wheel covers are wrapped by wide white bias ply tires
Dial up the upholsterer as you'll need him on this interior.
Striped vinyl with solid inserts and cream bolsters are in need of
some TLC on the covering front, and this is true for the front
split bench and the rear solid bench. The original dash is still
present, however affords many missing parts and knobs, and is
essentially a redux. Floor boards are rotted through and have no
carpeting. Door panels show up as the stamped steel from the
factory with no coverings currently on them.
A 216ci Inline 6-cylinder L head engine in unrestored condition
sits under the hood. It has a 1-barrel carburetor on top, and a
3-speed manual transmission on the back. This engine does crank,
but does not currently run.
The X frame appears with surface rust but is still solid
structurally. Rockers have some invasive rust, as do the
floorboards which can be noted from above. Independent front
suspension and leaf spring rear is on, and disc brakes are seen all
around. A careful look all around and you can note several areas
which will need to be addressed on the body invasive rust
All steel, all up for consignment, this barn find has uses which
will have to be left to the imagination of the potential buyer.
NO TITLE-SOLD ON A BILL OF SALE ONLY
Please note, this vehicle does not come with a battery.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.