EXCLUSIVE: 1929 Plymouth Model U

In the seller’s words: “Selling a very nice, original 1929 Plymouth Model U, complete with suicide door, clean interior, original paint. The vehicle has been parked covered in a barn for the past 35 years and its time to find a new home. It last ran 7 years ago. It will still spin over freely with a boost but have not cleaned the carbs. This is truly an amazing vehicle to see, and I’m hoping it will find the home of someone special.”

This really does look like a solid example of a rare car to see in this condition. 1929 was only Plymouth’s second year in existence and it’s said that Henry Ford told Walter Chrysler that he’d go broke if he introduced an entry-level car since Ford and Chevrolet already had that market wrapped up. He was wrong, but, sadly, 73 years later, Plymouth ceased to exist.

The Model Q came out in 1928 and was badged as a Chrysler Plymouth. The new Model U was available in February of 1929 and it was the first strictly “Plymouth” badged car by Chrysler. Plymouth was somewhat unusual in the low-price class in offering four-wheel hydraulic brakes as standard equipment. You can see the hinges on the rear doors, as the seller mentioned in the opening paragraph, this car has suicide doors.

This is the only interior photo but things look pretty good overall. I would hope that the seller could send additional photos to anyone who is serious about the car. I ran across the Gassman Automotive website that shows the beautiful restoration of a 1929 Plymouth Model U Roadster, and their YouTube video showing the pinstriping of a restored wheel and body. Nice work! I know that it doesn’t have anything to do with this car but I thought that some folks might like to see a ’29 Plymouth Model U being brought back to life.

The engine is a 45-hp 175.4 cubic-inch inline-four and it hasn’t been started in seven years, but it turns over so there’s hope. I’m sure that most Barn Finds readers could have this one running smoothly in no time. Get in touch with the seller on the form below to find out more about this good looking Plymouth Model U, you’ll probably be the only one in your neighborhood to have one.

  • Asking Price: $18,500 USD
  • Location: Winnipeg, Canada
  • Title Status: Clean

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  1. GeigerCounter

    No comments? I guess our fathers really are gone. My Dad would have loved this.

    • On and On On and On Member

      My Dad too, sadly he’s gone too and I had trouble selling his 1928 Durant 4dr which was original and running and driving for what it cost me to get it safe and drivable. This is a $5000 car if complete. Too bad, the end of an era.

  2. Bob McK Member

    Nice car, but you can buy a really nice driving car for less money. This one is worth a fraction of the asking piece. They should have sold it 20 years ago. Unfortunately for the seller, the market for these shrinks daily.

    • GeigerCounter

      In 20 more years, I am afraid much of what is valuable today will be ignored as well, just the way of the world.

  3. canadainmarkseh Member

    As unique as this car is I agree $18.5k is pie in the sky. As cars go from this era there are lots of fords and some Chevy’s but very few of these Plymouth’s this is probably why the price is high. Unfortunately rare does not always mean valuable. These Chrysler products were well made and in many ways ahead of the competition of the day mechanically. I believe that like Ford these Plymouth’s were all steel bodies, juices brakes, and full pressure oiling systems in their engines. I would say that a fair price on this car is about $5k. Nice find.


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