1935 PLYMOUTH CONVERTIBLE
Chassis No. PJ261785
Burgundy with tan interior.
Engine: six cylinder, inline valve in block, 201.3cid, 82hp; Gearbox: three-speed sliding gear transmission; Suspension: front tube axle, semi-elliptic springs front and rear; Brakes: four wheel hydraulic. Left hand drive.
Walter P. Chrysler could not have forseen the stock market crash of 1929 when he introduced the low-priced Plymouth series in 1928, but had it not been for the Plymouth line, Chrysler would have had a difficult time surviving the early years of The Great Depression. Intended as a competitor to America's low price leaders, Ford and Chevrolet, the Plymouth had a spectacular introduction at New York's Madison Square Garden in July 1928, with Chrysler dealers from around the country dressed up as Pilgrims (the car's namesake was Plymouth Rock), sharing the stage with none other than aviatrix Amelia Earhart, already a well-known motoring enthusiast and spokeswoman for Franklin motor cars. The most advanced car in its price class, the Plymouth offered four wheel hydraulic brakes, full-pressure engine lubrication, aluminum alloy pistons, and an independent hand brake, a combination of features that would not be offered on competitive models for nearly a decade. As the Depression deepened, the affordable Plymouth, priced at an average of just $500, attracted 218,419 new customers in 1933. By year's end, one out of every four new cars sold in America was a Plymouth.
The 1935 models were all new from the frame up, with stylish coachwork inspired by the Chrysler Airstream's aerodynamic profile, and powered by an improved in line six cylinder engine developing an impressive 82hp. The Deluxe Convertible Coupe, body style 654, was priced at a modest $695.
This car was owned for many years by an enthusiast in Kentucky and eventually became part of the prestigious Imke collection. The Plymouth has benefitted from an extensive restoration that resulted in a first place trophy awarded in 1988 from the Antique Automobile Club of America. It is fitted with the factory optional fender skirts and a rear mounted spare with the optional wheel cover.