LITTLE BIT OF MOPAR HISTORY READY 2 CRUISE, 350 V8, TH350 AUTO, PS, PB, SUBFRAME
All domestic auto production stopped in February of 1942, so finding a 1942 anything is pretty rare. But then you come across this neat 1942 Plymouth P14, which offers unique one-year-only styling and a series of upgrades that make it ready to go anywhere. If you like the unusual, this Mopar should really get your attention.
Plymouth kept things simple in 1942, as in previous years, but simple doesn't mean basic or plain. With this P14, you're getting a stylish sedan that retains all of its pre-war good looks and no major modifications. The styling evolved slightly from 1941 and we're betting not many folks have seen one of these. The light blue metallic paint complements it nicely, looking almost period correct and not too flashy for the conservative Plymouth folks. The paint is a few years old, but getting a professional color sand and buff would really take it up a notch or two. On the other hand, it's got just the right look for getting in and hitting the road and once you get to the shows, people will probably appreciate the professional-looking pinstripes that highlight the car's many curves. And while some 1942 cars were "blackout" models without any chrome, this one has plenty of bright work that's all in very good shape and really dresses the modest Plymouth up nicely.
The interior still offers full-sized comfort with the original bench seats fore and aft. There's new gray cloth upholstery that's durable and handsome, and it's been stitched into period-correct pleats that offer just the right look. GM fans will recognize the steering column and wheel, while the original gauges have been replaced by a custom panel with cream-colored VDO dials that monitor the engine's vitals. Neatly made door panels with map pockets and original cranks and levers all make it seem like someone cared about doing a good job inside. If there's any demerit, it's the carpets, which could stand to be replaced, but that's an easy and inexpensive job that will pay big dividends later. Entertainment comes from an AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit tucked under the dash, along with a 12-volt power point for your cell phone or GPS. Under that fastback rear end, there's a surprisingly roomy trunk that includes a remote-mounted battery and space-saver spare, just in case.
The engine is a familiar 350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8, which pretty much guarantees a good time on the road. Plenty powerful but reliable and easy to service, it sticks to the Plymouth's core virtues and adds a big dose of horsepower along the way. It's not detailed for show under the hood, but there are some chrome dress-up items just in case. Service access is quite good and you'll note both power steering and power brakes have been added. In fact, the whole front subframe is from a Chevy Nova, so it includes an independent front suspension and tube shocks so it rides and handles like a vehicle decades younger. A nice-sounding dual exhaust system gives it just a touch of hot rod soundtrack and the chrome wheels with baby moon hubcaps and 205/75/14 whitewall radials are a great addition.
Not a perfect car, but a great entry-level rod that will go anywhere and certainly stands out with its rarity and unique look. Call today!
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- AM/FM Radio
- Cassette Player
- Cloth Interior
- Tilt Wheel
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Transmission Spec
- Front Brakes
- Power Drum
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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