1940 Plymouth Model P10 Deluxe Station Wagon
Chassis no. 11060816
Engine no. P15133003
As the 1930s came to a close, the next chapter in automotive design was just opening. Radical changes were afoot, the grand style of the early '30s was slowly morphing into the full fendered, enveloping bodies that would become the standard in motorcar design following WWII.
Plymouth was Chrysler Corporation's answer to Ford and Chevroleta car for the masses that aimed to live up to its 1940 tagline of "Low Price Beauty With the Luxury Ride". In only 12 years, Plymouth had become one of the best selling marques in America, and 1940 represented a watershed year for the brand. The contemporary styling that Chrysler had received in 1939 was bestowed on Plymouth. While the design theme begun in 1939 bore resemblance to the 1940 models, the only interchangeable exterior part was the emblem on the front of the grille.
Under the hood was the familiar 201ci, L-head straight six producing 84hp, up two from the year prior. Power was funneled to the rear wheels by a three-speed sliding gear transmission on the column. The Model P10, as the longer 137" wheelbase cars were named, came in a variety of body styles ranging from a 5-window coupe up to a 7 passenger limousine. The Station Wagon filled the growing demand for practical, personal vehicles that were as comfortable in the city as they were in the country. Featuring wood framing and paneling, as well as gorgeous wood slats across the headliner, the Station Wagon was one of the most expensive Plymouth's you could buy, bested only by the limo and 7-passenger sedan.
The Deluxe Station Wagon presented here is finished in Vineyard Green with three rows of bench seats covered in brown vinyl. The wood bracing, which is more than just decorative on these wagons, is beautifully presented and appears to be original based on the rich graining. Inside, the wood continues with the aforementioned array of steam bent slats longitudinally supporting the roof and hardwood floorboards that wouldn't look out of place in a country home's living room.
Purchased by the vendor from the estate of Rick Levine about ten years ago, it has been carefully garaged, maintained, and minimally used in the past decade. Likely the subject of an older restoration, the car has held up well through the years and has gained a lovely patina. Resplendent with period-correct stickers from a variety of Woody-appropriate locations across the rear window, this wagon is ready to haul the whole family to the beach, park, or country home!