BF AUCTION: 1948 Plymouth Special De Luxe

Bid to: $3,250View Result

After spending the past 44 years with the seller, this 1948 Plymouth Special De Luxe now needs a new home. It’s had a ton of work done to it throughout the years, but due to health issues, the seller hasn’t been able to finish the last few things on it. It runs and can be driven without any issues. You can find it in Titusville, Florida. It looks like a great find, so if you’ve been on the hunt for a good project, be sure to bid!

The seller traded a 1947 Chevrolet for this Plymouth when they were still a teenager. While they took great care of it over the years, in 2016, they moved to Florida and decided it was in need of some restoration work. Prior to the move, the entire car primed, to ensure the body stayed solid. Once they were all settled in, the entire car was taken apart and treated to a fresh coat of paint. They managed to get the entire car back together and it appears to be a very nice paint job. Some rust has recently formed on the underside of the car, which should be addressed sooner rather than later.

While they had it apart, the seller decided to replace the entire brake system to ensure it was safe to drive. They also replaced the 217 cui inline-six and transmission. A new exhaust system also went in, as well as a 12-volt system. All of this work was done after moving it to Florida, so we can only assume that means it should all be in good working order still. Since it has been parked for a few years, we would recommend replacing all of the fluids and giving it a complete tune-up, just to be on the safe side.

The interior looks to be the main area that needs attention. Lots of it has already been replaced, but the seller wasn’t able to finish it. They have a new headliner for it that is included, as well as restored sun visors. The front seat was partially recovered, as were the door panels. It needs some work but is definitely usable as-is.

Other than a dent in the passenger rear fender, which was pushed out but needs a little more work, the seller states the rest of the body is in excellent shape. These Plymouths really are beautiful cars and being a Special De Luxe, means you get all the top of the line trim inside and out. Overall, this really does appear to be a great find. If you’d love to give it a good home, be sure to bid, and if you have any questions for the seller, please leave them in the comments below!

  • Location: Titusville, Florida
  • VIN: P15809024
  • Title: Clean

Bid On This Auction

High Bid: $3,250 (Reserve Not Met)
Ended: Jul 29, 2020 7:00pm MDT
High Bidder: slitton1
  • slitton1 bid $3,250.00  2020-07-29 10:48:41
  • Barry1 bid $3,000.00  2020-07-29 09:49:34
  • slitton1
    bid $2,750.00  2020-07-28 14:43:18
  • Barry1 bid $2,500.00  2020-07-27 10:56:11
  • Loudmouth bid $2,000.00  2020-07-26 09:14:36
  • Cowlitz21
    bid $1,500.00  2020-07-24 18:08:09
  • slitton1 bid $1,000.00  2020-07-24 17:20:04
  • Lcoffin bid $250.00  2020-07-23 20:27:32

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  1. Dual Jetfire

    I’ve got a 51 Cranbrook. Great car, but don’t plan on going very fast. It’ll go about 6o flat out and does not like it one Bit. 45-50 is about as much as the flathead can take. It’ll do that forever, tho.

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    • Ken Jennings

      A 230.2 CI L Head would do about a hundred if given enough time. Maybe you should have yours looked into.

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    • Bob C.

      Probably a little tired, besides in those days cars were meant for rural driving. Super highways were pretty much in their birth.

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    • jerry hw brentnell

      you know a 225 slant six is a direct bolt in for these cars, I did one on a 47 dodge using the motor mounts out of a old combine that had a 225 for power even used the dodge rad! the car is still on the road now!

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  2. Solosolo UK ken tilly UKMember

    Lose the wheels, replace with originals, tidy up the interior, and drive it. Lovely car.

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    • Ken Jennings

      Actually, I kind of like the wheels here.

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  3. Rick mahan

    48 Plymouth was my first car. At 16 years old it would do 100mph. Not as smart at 16 as one should be but good story now. I’m looking into this one.

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  4. charlieMember

    Uncle had one, was markedly superior to other relatives’ Fords and Chevy’s in the fit and finish and the quiet and vibration free engine. And it was regularly driven at 65 – 70 mph on the limited access highways of the early 50’s of which there were quite a few in New England/New York at the time.

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  5. Juan G.

    Now that the vast majority of us here are no longer teenagers, who cares how slow an old car is? I mean, really? Then again, for the most part, I hate streetrods. I truly appreciate a vintage vehicle for what it is…….NOT what someone “thinks” it should be. Just my opinion, no disrespect intended, just sayin’

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    • Stan Marks

      Hey Juan, I may be 76, but in my mind, I’m still a teenager.

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  6. Brian

    Had a ‘50 in college. Loved the three on the tree and the sound of that flat six. Sounded like a sewing machine at highway speeds.

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  7. Kenneth Carney

    Had a ’46 sedan and loved it. Bought mine for $50 in 1974 from a guy in El Paso, Illinois. I feel I got a lot for my money as the car was solid and needed very little in the way of serious repairs.
    With Dad’s help, I got it running and driving just in time for me and my buddies
    to enjoy all summer long when I wasn’t
    playing music. But the very music I loved
    to play caused me to sell the car as I was
    on the road a lot and had no time to finish
    it. I wound up selling it to a friend for $500 a year or so later. Not long after that, he took a job in Oklahoma and I never saw the car again. Now, every time
    I see one of these, I look at the pictures
    and wonder what might’ve been. They were really great cars that were built like
    tanks and ran forever. If you find one, buy
    it. You’ll be glad you did.

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  8. Vince H

    I am not bidding for the same reason he is selling

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  9. Mountainwoodie

    What a great affordable project! Thank the cargods its on the other side of the country.

    As with others it reminds me of a ’47 Chrysler I had as a kid in 1972…………till the town towed it for being parked a little too far in the road right of way….and I assume scrapped it.


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  10. John

    My Aunt had a 47 Chrysler New Yorker, got so bad,engine lost its compression. took forever to get away from a dead stop..she sold it, engine was tired

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  11. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

    Reminds me of my dad’s 48 Dodge 4 door sedan. His was green but basically the same car. He had problems with two things: 1. The emergency brake wrapped around the driveshaft sometimes didn’t release all the way catching on fire. 2. The electric gas cap was stubborn not always wanting to release, which made it difficult to refuel. It was the car I first learned how to drive a standard transmission in. I was 8 years old. And yes, I jerked the car and stalled a couple times before getting the hang of it. Had to look through the steering wheel to see where I was going. Great memories.
    God bless America

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  12. Russell Ashley

    When I was a teenager in the fifties a guy I knew in high school told me “I’ve got a 52 Ford that will outrun anything you’ve got.” My dad had a 50 Plymouth Suburban that surprised him and outran his ford. He was shocked. I had a 51 Plymouth convertible at the time that was slower than the Suburban.

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  13. Richard Romm

    I have a ’52 Plymouth Suburban with factory overdrive. It answers all the questions about higher speed driving on the freeways…totally reliable too,ane the addition of radials make it a wonderful and fairly economic highway car. The Suburbans were on a shorter wheelbase and somewhat lighter than the sedans, with the same engine.

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  14. Stan Marks

    Classy car & suicide doors. Nice. Seems you’ve done most of the work

    Not that it makes any difference, but what’s the odom read?
    What’s the BIN price?

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  15. Rod

    Still available? Will buy it for $3500.00 if you will pay for shipping to northern California

    Like 0

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