Advertised as the "One For `41", the P12 Special Deluxe was Plymouth's premier product in 1941 and enjoyed great success due to the solid reputation of its marque. Plymouth in those days maintained a conservative attitude toward styling and engineering, concentrating instead on offering solid value for the money. For much of its life, Plymouth was one of the top-selling American automobile brands; Plymouth, Chevrolet and Ford were commonly referred to as the "low-priced three" marques in the American market. Through 1956, Plymouth vehicles were known for their durability, affordability and engineering.
The Special Deluxe came in two- or four-door sedans, business coupes, auxiliary seat coupes, convertible coupes with full rear, station wagons and two long-wheelbase sedans, in seven-passenger and limousine form.
The 1941 Plymouth was an improved 1940 model. The styling was nicely updated with an almost heart-shaped grille and "speedline" fenders with modest bright embellishment. 1941 marked the first use of stainless-steel fender beading bumper end 'wingtips' and center Superguards, which helped alleviate the possibility of the guard interfering with the opening and closing of the deck lid. A front opening, alligator-type hood replaced the butterfly type of years past and at long last the battery was moved underneath the hood from its position under the driver's seat. To justify slightly higher prices than Ford and Chevy, Plymouth rode a slightly longer 117-inch wheelbase.
This is truly the best Plymouth we have seen. Just this year, the car was thoroughly checked and some issues were found because the car had been idle. A brand new top (and hydraulics) has been installed as the old one had wrinkled. A rebuilt master cylinder and new brake cylinders and lines were also installed. The original carburetor has been rebuilt and reinstalled with new lines. The radio and all gauges work well. This is a must see, and would be a wonderful addition to any collection. This is an expensive Mopar, but no doubt the best on the planet.
A GREAT STORY ON A GREAT CAR!!
Just about a year ago, I got a call from a gentleman telling me he had seen this wonderful Plymouth (41 Plymouth Special Deluxe Convertible) on our website.
His Mom and Dad took a similar car on their honeymoon and were celebrating their 70th anniversary. We discussed this car and he wanted to see it. The car was perfect and exactly what he was looking for. He purchased the car for his parents’ anniversary party. The parents were so excited to see the car at the party. Pictures of the children and grandchildren were taken with the car. Champagne was poured and it was a great party.
Now at 90 years old, Dad really does not have a use for the car, but will always have those memories. The car is now for sale AGAIN, and waiting for another happy owner to take it home. It is still ready to show or drive to that favorite family outing.