BF Auction: 1950 Plymouth De Luxe

Asking: $6,499Make Offer

ENDING SOON!

Reader Shawn C has been collecting cars for a long time, but he’s decided the time has come to start thining down his collection. So, to kick things off, he’s decided to auction off his lovely 1950 Plymouth De Luxe right here on Barn Finds. As a way to thank him for listing it with us and to ensure he finds a good home for it, we sent a professional photographer to take lots of high-quality photos of it! And boy, does it look like a nice driver that’s in very original condition throughout. He’s set what we feel is a reasonable reserve for a ready to enjoy classic and should prove to be a great buy for anyone looking for an affordable entry into the classic car hobby or for anyone wanting to relive their younger years. So, be sure to check out all the photos, and don’t forget to bid!

It’s rather unfortunate that Plymouth is no longer around, as they offered some really interesting cars over their 73-year run. The De Luxe first made its appearance in 1933 and ran until 1942 when production was shifted over to help with the war effort. It wasn’t until 1946, that Plymouth revived the De Luxe name and it stayed in production for just a few short years, being phased out in 1950. Its corporate siblings, the Dodge Custom and the DeSoto Series-S10 shared the chassis and much of the bodywork, but under the hood, you’ll find a Plymouth built inline-6. We like the simpler trim of the Plymouth, as it gives the car a much cleaner and more elegant look.

Here’s the Plymouth 217.8 cui flathead inline-6, which is said to run well. It’s serviced and been well maintained during Shawn’s ownership to ensure it’s always road-ready. Behind the engine, you’ll find the 3-speed transmission, with column-mounted shifter. The car still retains its original 6-volt electrical system and everything works as it should. Shawn states that all of the original stampings in the engine bay are visible and correct, all the way down to the Chrysler badges on the starter motor. In 1949, Plymouth improved their inline-6 engines to bring horsepower up to 97. So you won’t be winning any races in this one, but it’s plenty of power for enjoyable drives and is about as smooth an engine as you can get.

The interior appears to be in nice condition throughout. There are a few minor issues, such as pitting on the chrome trim and some small blemishes on the dash. These issues could be addressed, but honestly won’t impact your ability to drive and enjoy this car. The seat upholstery is in great shape on both the front and rear seats. It appears that a couple of the upholstered trim panels have worked loose, but reinstalling them shouldn’t be much of an issue. The original steering wheel appears to be in good condition, as do the door panels. This looks like a very comfortable place to spend some time as is and with just a little work could present exceptionally well.

Shawn notes that the car is going to need new tires soon, as they are getting to be older but they go down the road without any issue. He also notes that the front driver’s side wheel cylinder has a slight leak and should be replaced, but he is including a full set of four new wheel cylinders. These are minor concerns for casual drives around town but should be addressed prior to attempting any long-distance drives in it.

For a 72-year-old car that is still wearing its original paint, this Plymouth presents nicely. This is the type of classic you can fix minor issues while you are using and enjoying it. As Shawn puts it, “this would be a great starter car for anyone to begin their car collection with at a reasonable price” and for a turnkey classic, we have to concur. It would be a great car to learn how to do basic classic car maintenance on, as these are simple and easy to work on! Hopefully, this one finds a good home with someone who will drive and enjoy it the way a classic should be. If that person is you, be sure to bid. And if you have any questions or would like to view the car in person, please let us know either in the comments below or via email here.

  • Location: Fayetteville, Georgia
  • Mileage: 65,651 Miles Shown
  • VIN: I5437277
  • Title Status: Clean

Bid On This Vehicle

High Bid: $4,200 (Reserve Not Met)
Make An Offer
Ended: Jun 1, 2022 1:00pm MDT
Top Bidder: SMS
Buyer Premium: 5%
  •   SMS bid $4,200.00  2022-05-30 14:34:33
  •   rrichcreek bid $3,900.00  2022-05-29 08:11:10
  •   SMS bid $3,500.00  2022-05-28 19:18:15
  •   rrichcreek bid $3,200.00  2022-05-27 18:12:27
  •   yourreaper13 bid $2,900.00  2022-05-27 12:36:26
  •   trenfrow53 bid $2,800.00  2022-05-27 12:00:00
  •   yourreaper13 bid $2,700.00  2022-05-27 11:42:46
  •   trenfrow53 bid $2,600.00  2022-05-27 08:23:58
  •   SMS bid $2,500.00  2022-05-26 23:56:56
  •   rrichcreek bid $2,100.00  2022-05-26 18:39:17
  •   J4Co bid $1,600.00  2022-05-26 16:49:48
  •   Cavepeople bid $1,500.00  2022-05-26 09:43:41
  •   freeman bid $1,000.00  2022-05-25 22:48:44
  •   Brad bid $600.00  2022-05-25 20:12:57
  •   Brad bid $500.00  2022-05-25 20:12:26
  •   Sovereign1 bid $150.00  2022-05-25 10:01:36

Comments

  1. Bwana

    Super nice.

    Like 9
  2. Shawn Collier Member

    Thanks. Hoping to get it to a good home.

    Like 8
  3. Kenneth Carney

    Nice car Shawn! So nice in fact, that
    it just might be the next car I draw a
    portrait of for my auto art business.
    I knew a man in my hometown that
    had one. And like yours, it was in
    outstanding condition too. His was
    dark green with a grey cloth interior.
    He drove it almost every day to his job as a school bus driver. Sorry I
    can’t afford to buy it, but it will give me great pleasure to draw it.

    Like 4
    • Shawn Collier Member

      Kenneth I appreciate it. I have 25 others that you can draw as well if you get bored. Depending on how the sale of this one goes I am contemplating putting up my 1962 Nova with 42k documented miles original paint and interior.

  4. Tony Chamorro

    Where is the car located ?

    • Joshua Mortensen Staff

      It’s in Fayetteville, Georgia.

      Like 1
  5. SMS

    My daughter is just about to turn 16. My dad half wants her to have a car with all the newest safety gadgets. She wants a car like this, classy, with a manual. My motorhead self loves flathead 6’s.

    Am so torn. Want her to be safe and want her to be self reliant. A very proud dad when she looks over my shoulder sees this and says she wants to pay for it, drive it, and learn how to work on it.

    Man, what a great car and a great dilemma.

    Like 15
    • Shawn Collier Member

      SMS feel free to come by and look at it with your daughter to see if it is a good fit. I would at bare minimum install lap belts as these never came with any kind of restraint.

      Like 1
    • John D.

      Buy it. Put Lap Belts in it. My sister’s best friend drove a 1950-ish Dodge Coronet and had an accident. It held up well and I don’t believe she had any serious injuries. I had a 48 Dodge Business Coupe. What a wonderful car to drive on the dirt roads.

      Like 4
    • Gerard Frederick

      No dilemma at all. You have a marvelous daughter – WOW, how lucky can a man get?

      Like 4
      • Bill Potts

        She’s lucky to have a great Dad like you!!

        Like 3
    • RallyAce

      I have a 1951 Plymouth. One thing is the car is not fast and with four wheel drum brakes it takes getting used to the slow braking. For a neophyte driver it would be great. You are not allowed to be distracted when driving a car like this and that would be great training for your daughter.

      Like 2
    • Arfeeto

      Indeed, a remarkable car, and yet an even more remarkable daughter!

    • SMS

      Well my daughter counted her pennies and wants to try and win the car.

      One happy dad

      Like 3
      • Shawn Collier Member

        I also have the OEM shop manuals on CD I ordered along with the hard copy so she will have access to all the information she needs, along with a bunch of parts I collected to have on hand (Parts stores take too long when you need something same day).

    • Rex

      Please let me add that you have an absolute treasure of a daughter, far ahead of most of her peers.

      Like 1
  6. Shawn Collier Member

    Tony it is Fayetteville GA, and I would be happy to let you come by and view the car. Kind of sad to see it go, but I am at the point of too many cars to keep them all.

  7. sourpwr Member

    Love it! And it’s still 6-volt (As God intended) !

    Like 5
    • SMS

      Love the sound of a 6V starter.

      Like 5
      • Shawn Collier Member

        have a 2nd 6 volt starter that can go with it as well. Used it while I had the original rebuilt. Once I put the original back in I just boxed up the new one for next owner.

        Like 1
  8. Big C

    My mom’s first car! She drove it from Ohio to Arizona and back, with zero problems. Those flathead 6’s are stout.

    Like 7
  9. Bruce Ironmonger

    Nice for a coffee run

  10. Roudy

    My parents inherited a ‘48 Plymouth from my great Aunt in the mid-60’s. Had suicide doors and a speedometer that changed colors as the speed increased. Loved that car. Dad had to dump it as repairs involved going to a junkyard and he wasn’t very mechanically inclined.

    Like 1
  11. gETo

    Is there a reserve on the car? Thanks.

    • Jesse Mortensen jesse Staff

      There is a reasonable reserve set.

  12. Bob McK Member

    I bought one of these in the 90’s thinking it was going to be my daily driver. I sold it within a week and bought a 1953 Cadillac as my daily driver. Wish I still had that one.

    Like 2
  13. Kenneth Carney

    25 you say? I’d be happy to try that after I get done with the ’60 Chevy
    rag top I’m working on now. I’ve yet to
    sketch in the 335 HP 348 big block V8, but once that’s done, I’ll be half way through it. I just finished a replica of Avon’s Solid Gold Cadillac
    from the early ’70s. I saw the actual
    car at the 1st Street Rod Nationals
    in Peoria Illinois in 1970. I can draw
    almost anything from brass mobiles
    to more modern cars as well. Hey
    Josh, how can I advertise my prints on Barn Find?

    Like 1
  14. jwaltb

    That looks like a nice car! I would not consider any leaking brake fluid a “ minor” issue, though.
    I get that new wheel cylinders are included.

  15. johnny

    Nice looking and well built car. Better then what is made now days, At least you can drive down the road and not worry about the motor suddenly quit because of a relay or electronic part. Better material. All around a more reliable and better built car for alot less money. Wish it was mine. Nice looking too.

    Like 3
  16. HighNoon

    We used to buy these in the 1960’s before we had a drivers license and raced them around the farm lots. Those flathead 6’s would last forever! It is great to see a survivor. Good luck with your sale.

    Like 2
    • Shawn Collier Member

      Did not hit reserve. Will likely become yard art before too much longer since it did not sale. If it is not worth $6500 as a running driving car then maybe it will make cool artwork around the house.

      Like 1
  17. Solosolo Solosolo Member

    Back in about 2010 I bought a 1947 Coupe similar to this one, also black. The gentleman that I bought it from had aquired it straight after getting off the ship in Durban, South Africa, in 1947 using his demobalization money, He used it as his wedding and honeymoon car, had 4 daughters who had several children, and they all came home from the hospital in the car and it was used by all of them for their wedding car. In all this time it had never broken down or had an engine overhaul although the mileage must have been considerable. When I drove it away from his yard he said that he wouldn’t come out to watch the old girl go as he said that most of his life was going with that car and he couldn’t bear to see it go. He wasn’t wrong as he died about 4 months later. He was a real gentleman and the car was similarly blessed. The car ran like a Swiss watch all the time that I owned it and I rallied it many times with the Durban Early Car Club of SA. A truly fine car.

    Like 4
    • Shawn Collier Member

      looking like this one will be remaining with me for now since the bidding stalled under the reserve. Still hour to go, but currently at rate I have seen it is not going to make it.

  18. Solosolo Solosolo Member

    Back in about 2010 I bought a 1947 Coupe similar to this one, also black. The gentleman that I bought it from had aquired it straight after getting off the ship in Durban, South Africa in 1947, using his demobalization money, He used it as his wedding and honeymoon car, had 4 daughters who had several children, and they all came home from the hospital in the car and it was used by all of them for their wedding car. In all this time it had never broken down or had an engine overhaul although the mileage must have been considerable. When I drove it away from his yard he said that he wouldn’t come out to watch the old girl go as he said that most of his life was going with that car and he couldn’t bear to see it go. He wasn’t wrong as he died about 4 months later. He was a real gentleman and the car was similarly blessed. The car ran like a Swiss watch all the time that I owned it and I rallied it several times with the Durban Early Car Club of SA. A truly fine car. Sorry about the double posting. Getting old! Ken Tilly UK See picture

    Like 1

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