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Rumble Seat Project: 1933 Plymouth PC

Chrysler Corp. created Plymouth in 1928 to have a low-priced entry in the highly competitive auto market. The new PC editions would come along in 1933, bringing with them six-cylinder power for the first time. This ’33 edition is a 5-window coupe with a rumble seat and has been off the road since the 1970s. It will need loads of work (and money) if the goal is to bring it back to life but will roll if you inflate the tires. Located in Lutz, Florida, this once-forgotten relic is available here on eBay where interested parties have raised the ante to $5,555.

After five years in business, Plymouths got their first major changes (well, it was The Depression) in 1933. Besides the engine, there were some major changes in the styling department as well. Chrysler put some big bucks into promoting the autos, taking over blocks of radio time and holding simultaneous dealer sales across the land. It all paid off as Plymouth sales would approach 300,000 cars that year, with 20% being the basic PC which we believe applies to the seller’s car.

Plymouth would enjoy a long run in the Chrysler stable, from 1928 to 2001. It was formed from the near ashes of the Maxwell-Chalmers Car Co.  Because Plymouth was designed to compete with Chevy and Ford, the cars gave Chrysler a financial shot in the arm during the 1920s and 1930s when all car builders were either struggling or failing. The 1933 PC had a 190 cubic-inch inline-6 which delivered 70 hp (not a lot more than the I-4 that it replaced) in a smaller car.

We understand that the seller of this ’33 PC found it in a private collection where it may have resided for 50 years. The previous owner said the number “33” was painted on both doors not because it was a race car, but because people kept asking what year it was. It’s been ages since this automobile last ran, so the engine does not spin over. There are no keys or a title, but some extra parts will follow the Plymouth to its next home. A bill of sale will gladly be provided. Expect to have to do everything possible to restore this car, like fixing rust, replacing rotten wood, and sourcing new parts and components.


  1. Cooter Cooter Member

    Yard art…fill the rumble seat area with some good soil…add some pansies and petunias!

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  2. Dave

    This is what Tom Stevens had in mind when he designed the GM LS engine.

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  3. Big C

    Love that “shine juice” look on this old heap.

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  4. Maggy

    Take the 5555.00 and run.The 1 hubcap is even rotted thru.

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  5. Lance

    $5500 seems a bit steep for a car that you can’t even prove it’s yours. Assuming it does sell this will be an expensive restoration if put back as a stock 33 Plymouth. My guess is that somewhere someone has a 350/350 ready to go in this old heap

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  6. Pete Member

    Even 30 years ago I would have jumped at this. Poured marvel mystery oil down the spark plug holes and tweaked the crank every week. Removing the plugs for topping off the oil each time. That while I investigated and cleaned the rest of the car. Brakes and it might be moving in a few months. Then we were crazy kids. Painting cars with a roller. Tipping off the paint with a dry brush.

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  7. Robert West

    This would be the perfect car for one of the YouTube revival channels to tackle.

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  8. Tom

    A close friend in High School (1968-1972) had one of these with a massive motor in it. Not sure what the cubic inches were or what lineage the block was. It had a blower and ran like a raped ape. Hawaiian Bronze paint, brass and chrome everywhere… UNBELIEVABLE in every way. He only brought it out on occasions to race for pink slips. (Titles in CA.) Never lost a race and his family always drove the nicest, fastest cars in town. Wonder where it is today…

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  9. Sam

    E-Bay pictures don’t look too bad, Seen some Road Runners and Cuda’s a lot worse. Everybody says small block chevy, Well bowties are for little boys. Lot’s of 318’s still kicking. I’d take the 5,555 and run. Find me a nice FORD COUPE.

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    • Ffred

      The world needs another chevy transplant as if they haven’t destroyed tens of thousands of cars already.

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  10. Glenn Schwass Member

    It sold for $6k. Wasn’t all that bad compared to what people are dragging out of boneyards these days and restoring. I would’ve done the mystery oil treatment too. Why not. Fun to tinker with. Like others said, 318’s are all over if you need to go that route.

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  11. Bill McCoskey Bill McCoskey Member

    If it was mine, and the engine needed a total overhaul, I would be tempted to change out the drive line to an early Chrysler hemi, perhaps a 331, 354 or even a 392, and run the power thru a push-button Torqueflite automatic. Might even source a Chrysler 300 B, C, or D dual quad setup, keeping it all MoPaR.

    Do a sympathetic resto-rod, modern interior, tinted glass and A/C [at least for the front seat passengers!], and once complete, use it as an everyday driver. Would keep all the original parts so it could later be put back to original if in the future a later owner wanted to do so.

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