1950 Plymouth Coupe
While Plymouth manufactured munitions and military engines during
the war, stylists like A. B. "Buzz" Grisinger, John Chika, and Herb
Weissinger worked on postwar ideas when�ever they could. Typical of
Chrysler thinking at the time, these involved smooth, flush-fender
bodies with thin door pillars and wraparound grilles. But like most
everyone else, Plymouth resumed civilian operations with mildly
modified '42s, which the booming seller's market happily consumed
into model-year '49. The first all-new postwar Plymouths bowed in
March '49 as squarer and more upright than any wartime study.
For consignment, hailing originally from Puerto Rico and having
seen the benefits of a respray in 2017, bathed in brown, sporting
all new wiring now in 12V mode, and a complete reupholstery in
2019, a fine example from 1950, hailing in the big and plenty
Bathed in a brown respray, the big steel body is straight and gaps
are good. All chrome is still nicely polished and not much fault
can be found with it. In front there is plenty of chrome trim
interacting to form the curvaceous grille with multiple layers
emulating the curvature of the hood and carrying it through down to
the bumper. Fenders with single headlight showing off with chromed
visors, a trim spear which curves around the hood line, and dies at
the door seam. A nice hood ornament which is a flamboyant rendition
of the Mayflower sailing vessel tops the rounded bulbous hood and
sits upon a long trim piece which runs rearward mid hood to the
front glass. The passenger cabin design with its front and rear
split glass has a rearward canter, and more surrounding chrome
trimming wrapping it at the base of the pillars and door sills. On
the rear quarters are rounded bump outs to carry on the line from
the front fenders, all with the continuation of the trim spear that
started on the front quarter. A beautifully rounded trunk finishes
this car off, and within this round field is another Plymouth badge
and fancy chromed license plate illuminator. Small horizontal
taillights wrap the rear fenders and hover nicely above a pristine
rear bumper with dual exhaust peeking out from underneath. Brown
steel wheels are capped with mayflower badged and red centered moon
caps and wrapped in thin whites.
Looking like new as it should since it was totally reupholstered in
2019, we see tuck and roll vertical fuzzy broadcloth tan panels
sandwiched between a brown painted sill and brown carpeting below.
Within the tuck and roll tan are the door actuators, window cranks
and a cloth pouch for some door storage. Inside a front bench
cradled by a faux leather tub is more new upholstery in tan thin
striped broadcloth bordered by brown velour wide piping. Seats
belts have been installed and this bench presents beautifully.
Behind this bench is a storage area flooded in brown carpeting and
large rear window shelf. The dash is all original with some scuffs
and scratches but a faux wood grained front. Within this vertical
panel are the original gauges, a centrally located radio and
speaker looking much like a jukebox, all chromed and big! The
original steering wheel is fronting this dash and is wrapped in an
aftermarket leather and lanyard covering. The bakelite topped shift
lever is on the "tree". Very clean and nice brown carpeting is
flooding the floors.
Popping the hood, we are greeted by a 218ci L head inline
6-cylinder engine, original to the car and mostly unrestored but
clean. It has a 1-barrel carburetor, an oil bath air cleaner, new
12-volt ignition, and all new wiring is seen. A 3-speed manual
transmission is on back and a 3.73 rear axle handles the 97 horses
that emanate from the mill.
All rust free, solid frame and floor pans, as well as inner
fenders. Hydraulic drum brakes for the front and rear. Independent
of each other, coil springs and shocks work together to provide the
ride for the front, and leaf springs are on the back. Amazingly
preserved and clean underneath with a new exhaust with dual pipes
working their way rearward to culminate in chrome tips.
This car with its original engine started right up and idled
smoothly. Off at the test track, it accelerated with ease and held
a decent cruising speed. Brakes were good, and the car stopped in a
straight line with an un-held steering wheel. Functions were good,
save for the wipers and that large jukebox style radio which are
Plymouth built solid cars to last, in the day, and this car upholds
that theory. Bulletproof construction which was built to last and
with all the chrome add ons it was sure to be a looker, and it is!
Rounded fenders and hood, and a new interior and we are looking
really good with this example.
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.