This original 1948 Plymouth found here on craigslist in Reno has supposedly never been restored and it looks like all it would need is a going-over with some rubbing compound and a coat of wax to get the body in shape. For an asking price of $4,500 and another $100 worth of various buffing compounds and a couple of coats of wax you’ll have the exterior looking great again in no time.
The interior is going to need a bit more work than that, at least on the seats. But, maybe it’s just a clean-up here, some new seat covers, some new carpet, and a few hours with your Dremel tool buffing wheel and some q-tips to detail the interior. You could easily fit five of your biggest friends in here for that Sunday drive. Cloth and leather were available in the Special DeLuxe models and the seller says that this car “still has all the leather inside.” I’m not sure what’s happening with the backseat area, however.
One of the tip offs that this is most likely a Plymouth Special DeLuxe instead of a Plymouth DeLuxe are the rear bumper fender guards and also bright metal trim around the windshield, sun visors, a glove box, and things like that. The exterior of this car looks like it would clean right up, I can’t help it, I just want to try to clean this chalky paint up to see what it looks like shiny. This one has a 3-speed manual transmission of course.
The only engine available was the tough and steady 217.8 straight-six with a one-barrel carburetor and a total of 95hp. It looks like the block has been touched-up or something, or maybe the whole engine was painted and it’s just worn off of the head. It looks pretty decent in there. You’ll get this “original motor” working like new again before you can say SBC. NO, just kidding, I would never suggest that, but I know a few of you are thinking it. Do these big, old Plymouths turn your crank or do you prefer another manufacturer’s offerings from this era?