Classic Plymouth Cars
Plymouth cars have not been produced since 2001, but when they were in their prime, Plymouth was a beloved brand - and, it still is by many classic car enthusiasts today. Learn a bit here about the background history of the Plymouth company while you're browsing classic Plymouth cars for sale.
Plymouth was founded officially in 1928 as a subdivision of Chrysler; Chrysler was created prior to 1928. Later, Chrysler merged with Daimler to become DaimlerChrysler, who is now DaimlerAG. DaimlerAG is based in Europe, and some say Plymouth's fall is credited to DaimlerChrysler not being more concerned with the American Plymouth cars of Chrysler.
Chrysler originally intended for Plymouth cars to be more affordable than other cars Chrysler produced. The first Plymouths were the Model U and the Plymouth 4, the latter of which was based on the Chrysler 4. Plymouth cars stood out from other cars of its time by offering expanding hydraulic breaks. Because their cars were lower priced than others, Plymouth helped Chrysler stay in business during the Depression.
The Plymouth PA came out in 1931 with rubber engine mounts that were quite innovative for its time. One of the most popular Plymouth models ever was the 1935 Plymouth PJ, with its revamped frame, six-cylinder engine, and a water distribution tube that facilitated cooling.
After World War II, Plymouth came out with the Cranbrook, Cambridge, and Suburban, all of which were "chunky and tall" unlike other models popular at the time which were "long, lean, and low." Plymouth continued to do well up until the 1950s, when there were some criticisms regarding careless framework and rust problems; also, they were directly competing with Dodge cars at the time, and had little to stand out from their competitors.
In 1964, Plymouth jumped on the pony car bandwagon with the Barracuda. During the 1960s, Chrysler attempted to rebrand Dodge as the alternative to Plymouth. Unfortunately, Plymouth cars still continued to decline in sales compared to Dodge.
In the 1970s, partially because of the fuel crisis at the time, Chrysler experienced financial troubles that trickled down to Plymouth. Even with the introduction of the Caravelle and the Sundance in the 1980s, Plymouth was already on its way downhill.
The 1998 Pronto Cruiser was originally supposed to be a Plymouth, but ended up being a Chrysler, thus foreshadowing Plymouth's demise. In 1999, it was announced that Plymouth would be discontinued in 2001.
Because they are no longer in production, Plymouth cars for sale are truly beloved, classic cars, that car buffs come back to again and again.
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