Plymouth introduced its post-war car designs for the 1949 model year, and with K.T. Keller running Walter P. Chrysler’s company, practicality — efficiency and roominess — was emphasized over beauty in the new “box styling” designs. It wasn’t until 1955 that designer Vigil Exner and the Hemi V8 arrived.
Among the post-war Plymouths was the Deluxe model which, despite its name, was the basic Plymouth. The upscale version was the Special Deluxe.
Plymouth revised its model lineup for 1951 with the Concord, Cambridge and Cranbrook. Featured in each was a new dashboard and with switchgear more conveniently positioned. According to the Standard Catalog of American Cars, the mid-level Cambridge also got chair-high seats, electric windshield wipers, a higher-compression 6-cylinder engine with downdraft carburetors, Synchro-Silent gears and what Plymouth called “Safety-Flow Ride.”
The Pick of the Day is a 1951 Plymouth Cambridge Club Coupe.
“This 1951 Plymouth is probably one of the finest Cambridge models you could find,” proclaims its private seller in Elk River, Minnesota.
“Low-mileage original car that’s only been restored as needed,” the seller adds.
“Body & sheet metal is extremely straight with no evidence of rust ever. Extreme high-quality repaint in original Luna Gray. All chrome is new & stainless has been polished. All the plastic Plymouth emblems are new old stock.”
The seller promises that the 217cid flathead 6-cylinder engine “runs whisper quiet” and that the 3-speed manual transmission “shifts well, clutch is smooth & rear axle is quiet.”
The seller adds that the original dash woodgrain is in very good condition and that a “great amount of effort was put into duplicating original style seat & door covering.”
The exterior sun visor is period-correct, the seller adds, and notes that the car rides on “Chrysler product chrome wire wheels” that have been added.
“If you want a sweet little 50’s car to go to cruise in or (for) Saturday morning coffee, you won’t find a nicer car plus you will get more attention than much more expensive cars.”