1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $60,000-$80,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $31,900

87hp, 201 cu. in. inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual sliding gear transmission, independent front and leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 117"

Despite the growing turmoil overseas, 1941 was an exciting and successful year for Plymouth. Mickey Rooney welcomed the company ’ s four-millionth car off the Los Angeles assembly line, while a specially-outfitted P11 was forging its way to the tip of South America via the proposed route of the Pan American Highway. After eight months of driving through swamps and over mountains, Sullivan Richardson ’ s team had driven nearly 16,000 miles and proven the durability and capability of Plymouth cars. It comes as no surprise then that the Special Deluxe, as Plymouth ’ s premier product, enjoyed great success thanks to its inherited star-power and the solid reputation of its marque. As American industry hummed along in light of its support of English wartime production, the sales of Plymouth ’ s top model were spectacular. Most Special Deluxes were fitted with bumper end “ wingtips ” and center Superguards, which prevented the guard from interfering with the opening of the deck lid. Although the wooden-bodied Westchester station wagon was always a popular variant, the convertible ’ s appeal proved unbeatable. The 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe offered here is precisely such a convertible. With 72,231 original miles, it has been the property of the same proud owner for the last 44 years and more recently benefited from a full frame- up restoration. Its sporty side is offset by very elegant Butternut Cream paint that is in excellent condition. Steel disc wheels reside on all four corners but are partially disguised in the rear by side skirts. The chrome grille is unmistakably Plymouth and, along with the burgundy interior, seems to have been properly and carefully maintained. Under the hood, the inline six rests inside a perfectly detailed engine bay that lacks nothing in the way of originality. The convertible top is vacuum-operated. As the giant Chrysler Corporation ’ s more affordably priced line of cars, Plymouths benefited from solid engineering and reliability. Nevertheless, a transcontinental endurance trip and Mickey Rooney ’ s endorsement surely couldn ’ t hurt. Add to that an attractive convertible benefiting from the added amenities of a Special Deluxe, and Plymouth had the makings of a very desirable, sporty convertible ready for a trip down to the shore.

Reference Number 11628

as of 7/24/2007

Car 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe Convertible
VIN 11347960 
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