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1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe Coupe by Leslie van de Ligt

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As in WOW Found this gem in Lumsden , Saskatchewan. Wonderful condition barely showing her age age at all. Got some looks as I scrambled off the Harley in my jacket and chaps to grab the camera but wouldn’t have missed capturing the lady for anything…….

Canon Rebel XSI, Lens Canon 100mm – 400mm
Lundsen, Saskatchewan Canada

My Thanks to Wikipedia
Great Depression, 1940s and 1950s
1948 Plymouth Special De Luxe Coupé
1949 Plymouth 4-door sedan

While the original purpose of the Plymouth was to serve a lower-end marketing niche, during the Great Depression of the 1930s, the marque helped significantly in ensuring the survival of the Chrysler Corporation in a decade when many other car companies failed. Beginning in 1930, Plymouths were sold by all three Chrysler divisions (Chrysler, DeSoto, and Dodge). Plymouth sales were a bright spot during this dismal automotive period, and by 1931 Plymouth rose to the number three spot among all cars. In 1931 with the Model PA, the company introduced floating power and boasted, “The economy of a four; the smoothness of a six.” In 1933 Chrysler decided to catch up with Ford and Chevrolet with respect to engine cylinder count. The 190 cu in version of Chrysler’s flathead-6 engine was equipped with a downdraft carburetor and installed in the new 1933 Plymouth PC, introduced on 17 November 1932. However, Chrysler had reduced the PC’s wheelbase from 112 in (284.5 cm) to 107 in (271.8 cm), and the car sold poorly. By April 1933, the Dodge division’s Model DP chassis, with a 112 in (284.5 cm) wheelbase, was put under the PC body with DP front fenders, hood, and radiator shell. The model designation was advanced to PD and the car was marketed as the “DeLuxe” 1933 Plymouth. This car sold very well and is the 1933 model most commonly found in collections. The PC became the ‘Standard Six’. It had been the ‘Plymouth Six’ at introduction, and was sold through to the end of 1933, but in much lower numbers. It is consequently in the minority in collectors’ hands today. The PC was shipped overseas to Sweden, Denmark, and the UK, as well as Australia. In the UK it was sold as a ‘Chrysler Kew’, Kew Gardens being the location of the Chrysler factory outside London. The flathead 6 which started with the 1933 Model PC stayed in the Plymouth until the 1959 models.

In 1939 Plymouth produced 417,528 vehicles, of which 5,967 were two-door convertible coupes2 with rumble seats. The 1939 convertible coupe was prominently featured at Chrysler’s exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, advertised as the first mass-production convertible with a power folding top. It featured a 201 cu in, 82 hp version of the flathead six engine.1954 Plymouth Station Wagon

For much of its life, Plymouth was one of the top-selling American automobile brands; it together with Chevrolet and Ford were commonly referred to[who?] as the “low-priced three” marques in the American market. Plymouth almost surpassed Ford in 1940 and 1941 as the second most popular make of automobiles in the U.S. Through 1956, Plymouth vehicles were known[who?] for their durability, affordability, and engineering.[citation needed] In 1957, Virgil Exner’s new Forward Look design theme, advertised by Plymouth with the tagline “Suddenly, it’s 1960”,3 produced cars with much more advanced styling than Chevrolet or Ford. 1957 total production soared to 726,009, about 200,000 more than 1956, and the largest output yet for Plymouth. However, the 1957–1959 Forward Look models suffered from poor materials and build quality and inadequate corrosion protection; they quickly deteriorated and greatly damaged Chrysler’s reputation.

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I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 3 years ago

    Great shot Leslie!

  • Many thanks Istvan. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Thank you for the fave too!! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 3 years ago

    Nice capture of a classic!

  • Hi Angie thank you for the comment! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinalmost 3 years ago

  • Love this banner Greta. Thank you! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 3 years ago

    I love it sis, perfectly restored

  • Thanks so much Sis. She was a beaut! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you for the feature and banner Pops so very appreciated! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRosealmost 3 years ago

    What a classic! GREAT capture Leslie……………

  • Hey there Rosie many thanks :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 3 years ago

    Ooooh! A beauty capture, Leslie! And a very interesting history, too. I was able to “get” a 1939 Deluxe at the Mopar show in town this summer.

  • Aren’t they gorgeous vehicles Mike? John was sure chuckling at my mad off the bike scramble to get her photo. Thanks so very much my friend! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 3 years ago

    Great looking car,…It sure looks like it`s in great shape,…

  • It’s licensed and they are driving it John. i would have taken it home in a moment LOL Thanks :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 3 years ago

    What a terriffic find leslie, this is a great example of a real car,

  • I know these were very popular in your neck of the wood Malcolm! Although as i told John I would have taken her home in a heartbeat ….. Thanks you so much :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaalmost 3 years ago

    My father had one like that , amazing how the memories come back seeing this, beautiful capture Leslie !

  • Oh I hope they were all precious happy memories Elfie. Thank you for the wonderful comment! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Thank you for the fave Elfie. So appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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