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45 Years In A Barn: 1942 Plymouth Coupe


This 1942 Plymouth Special Deluxe Coupe was probably one of the earlier models produced during calendar year 1941 as it still bears chrome and stainless trim (later produced cars had painted trim due to material shortages from the war). It’s still an unusual car, and is the higher end trim level produced for that model year. It’s been in a Maine barn for 45 years, and has recently been recommissioned to driver level by the seller, who purchased it from the original family. They have installed new tires, done some brake work and cleaned the fuel system and the car is now said to run well. There’s some rust-through on the lower panels of the car and a lot of wear in the interior. The seller has thoughtfully included pictures both of the car in storage and what it looks like now since clean-up. Check out the oil change sticker from 1970 on the A-pillar! You can locate this barn find in Kennebunkport, Maine and it’s up for sale here on eBay, where the opening bid is $5,000 without a reserve. Would you drive it “as-is” or restore it?



  1. Lee H.

    Clean it up and drive it daily!

  2. Ed P

    I like it. The body is solid with only small repairable rust. The interior looks good. The back seat will need to be reupholstered, but that is not urgent. Really cool looking dash, and it is drivable!! Drive it now and restore as time and money allow.

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  3. Carl W French

    It appears to be parked about 7 miles from me if someone wants some boots on the ground.

  4. Jason Houston

    I’d love to have this car, keep it mint, and drive it daily in the true spirit of having a vintage car!

  5. Bob Mackie

    Love it as is. Hope you look that good after 73 years.

  6. Allen Member

    I might be tempted to repair the rust, just to preserve it,but if everything else is original, including the paint, I’d treat it as a surviver and maintain it as is.

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