Hip To Be Square: 1955 Plymouth Belvedere



Here on Barn Finds these old shoebox-era Mopar sedans get the respect they deserve, and that’s why it’s a pleasure to feature this one. A few weeks ago, we had a spate of Cranbrooks, Coronets and others from the early 1950s. An example from the mid-50s is the next logical progression.



This one is located in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is offered for sale here on craigslist for $1,800. In addition to the bargain price, it’s interesting to look at due to the solid, high desert sheet metal it has. It shows what appears to be original factory paint, albeit with a moderate case of sunburn. The driver fender looks like it might have been replaced long ago, but it’s nice to see this car still fully assembled, and up off the ground. The seller doesn’t say whether it runs or not, which would be a minor detail I would consider adding to the description, but hey, that might be just me.


It’s interesting to see the color inside the door jamb and interior, and contrast it with the sun-baked makeover on the outside. I’d still guess it spent at least a significant portion of it’s life indoors, or at least under cover somewhere. I don’t think it would look this good if it had been outside full time for 61 years.


If I lived in the desert or in the country, I’d probably own a hundred cars like this. Once the mechanicals were sorted, it would be an easy project to do the body and paint. Or maybe it’s better left like it is. What do you think?


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  1. Rick

    Like that hubcap on the driver’s side front. Kustom!

    • packrat

      Most probably a knockoff Oldsmobile “waffle pattern” spinner hubcap, a la JC Whitney. Mom’s 1960 Valiant sported those in lieu of the factory jartops in the 1970’s. By then, they had rust spots on them, had ceased to be stylish, and had yet to have nostalgia value.

    • Ed P

      That wheel cover looks like a 64-65 mopar wheel cover.

      • DENIS

        Nope, looks like a ’56 Olds Fiesta knock-off..Olds had a planet logo, knock-offs had checkered background……???

  2. Charles

    Looks complete and solid!

  3. crazydave

    It’s a ‘bit interesting” that the hood & front fenders are SO sunburnt, while there is such a contrast between the back of hood and the cowl. I sorta suspect that front end has been replaced as no-where else matches the degree of sunburn evidenced on the front clip.

    • Jim Mc

      Passenger side fender / door gap does nothing to allay that suspicion. But as a born & raised old-school Chrysler guy, I like it regardless.

  4. Luke Fitzgerald

    Marty – it’s not just you – great piece!

  5. DENIS

    I’m a GM guy but love the old Plymmies…have had many. The front-end may have been more sun-baked because it was sticking out of a carport or lean-to…ya think? Would love to have a 2 dr ht or post…4 dr? Not so much…

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