During the Great Depression, as well as World War II, automakers were facing severe issues and shortages. This led to many going on hiatus in the critical years. That’s why you’ll find that Plymouth’s De Luxe range, initially introduced in 1933 would see production ceased from 1942 to 1946. Of course, they updated the design, as well as certain mechanical aspects when production resumed. This 1948 Plymouth De Luxe Station Wagon Woody is from that second window of production, and reflects a time when the war was over, and people were full of hope for a better future. With just 91 miles since a full restoration, it’s a great classic to add to your collection, and drive on weekends for all to enjoy.
Wood trim was very much in fashion during the Thirties, Forties, and into the Fifties as well. This 1948 Plymouth De Luxe Station Wagon Woody shows a typical use of wood trim on a station wagon body style, and complements it with a dark green paintwork on the metal areas. Check out those complementing white wall tires, and the seller reports that all chrome parts have received rechroming during the restoration. The wood is reportedly real wood, and the wood walls are new too. For those who like manufacturer codes, the style code is #48-162, body code is #CL6995, the paint is #383, and the trim code is #149-1. The seller also reports that the top is leather, and original style parts were used as well. Venture aboard, and there’s more wood trim in abundance, lending this car the feel of travelling in a vintage railway carriage, especially to the rear cabin, when you enter via the rear-hinged coach doors. A plaque inside informs that coachwork is by Fisher, which was not uncommon in those days, where bodies were built by independent coachbuilders. Leather bench seats offer plush accommodations for up to five occupants. The driver grips a thin-rimmed steering wheel and faces a speedometer plus auxiliary gauges, while the front passenger sees the clock right ahead on the dash. The dash itself plays host to a push button radio and speaker in the center console, sparking memories of vintage Wurlitzer jukeboxes with chrome trim and detailing.
This 1948 Plymouth De Luxe Station Wagon Woody is propelled by a stout 217.8ci straight six engine that’s also got only 91 miles since restoration. The engine sends 95hp to the rear wheels via a column-shifted manual transmission.
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