Left hand drive 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe Club Coupe Registration no. 972 XUF Chassis no. 25054640 Engine no. P15863979
The introduction of a lower-price line - Plymouth - to compete head-on with Ford and Chevrolet, helped Chrysler Corporation weather the Depression years. Launched in 1928, the four-cylinder Plymouth, although not a revolutionary design, nevertheless incorporated hydraulic braking, full-pressure lubrication and aluminium pistons, a specification its rivals would not match for a decade. The car was an instant success and by 1933 Plymouth was the US auto industry's third biggest seller, just behind Ford. Together with DeSoto, another Chrysler Corporation marque, Plymouths were assembled in Mortlake Road, Kew from 1932 to 1939 and badged as Chryslers, being given the names of London suburbs such as Croydon, Richmond, Kew and Wimbledon. Confusing matters still further, Chrysler added a Plymouth to the range for 1938!
Like the majority of United States motor manufacturers, Plymouth recommenced civilian production at the War's end with mildly revised versions of its 1942 line-up, which would remain little changed for the next few years. Designated 'P15', these first post-war Plymouths were made in two series - Deluxe and Special Deluxe - both of which were built on a 117" wheelbase chassis and powered by a 217.8ci (3,570cc) sidevalve six. Plymouth was gearing itself up for the introduction of its entirely new 1949 range so there was little in the way of development, the only change of significance for 1948 being a reduction in wheel diameter from 16 to 15 inches.
This Plymouth Coupe was imported from California, USA by the current owner and since its arrival had been treated to a full bare metal re-spray and re-plating of all brightwork. Otherwise the car remains un-restored and the chassis has never been welded. We are advised that '972 XUF' starts readily and holds the road exceedingly well on its new whitewall tyres. The original interior is said to be in excellent condition and the radio in working order. Offered for sale by an enthusiastic Plymouth aficionado and well known to the local Bonhams representative, this lovely car comes with current road fund licence, MoT to June 2013 and Swansea V5 document. Twin carburettors and a dual exhaust system are the only notified deviations from factory specification.