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Lot 154 - 1939 Chrysler Plymouth P8 Deluxe Converible        

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€31,500

Auction Berlin October 2017
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Lot Number 154
Reg. Number German Registered
Chassis Number 10723287
Year 1939
Make Chrysler
Model Plymouth P8

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Description

Walter Chrysler started his career repairing railway locomotives and worked his way up the ladder. While ascending those steep rungs, he learned a thing or two about managing people and saving ailing companies. After many successes, he was brought in to address the problems at Maxwell-Chalmers, which would become the foundation of the Chrysler Corporation. Although Chrysler was only established in 1925, by the following year, the young company was fifth in auto sales. In 1928, Chrysler acquired Dodge Brothers and for the 1929 Model Year, it had two new marques on the market: DeSoto and Plymouth.

The Plymouth was an inexpensive and reliable four-cylinder car that had features unheard of in a low-priced car: four-wheel hydraulic brakes and full-pressure lubrication. Priced from $670 to $725, 66,000 Plymouths were built from June 1928 until February 1929. Chrysler’s timing was perfect and Plymouth was firmly established by the time of the stock market crash in October 1929.

By the time that the Plymouth Deluxe, Model P8 came out for 1939, many nameplates had fallen to the Great Depression. But the Chrysler Corporation was solvent and Plymouth was the nameplate that helped keep the ink black. Although the Model P8 was the only Plymouth to make do with a two-year-old body, a carefully-executed makeover ensured that few people noticed.

For as little as $725, a buyer could take delivery of a handsome, moderately-sized car powered by an 82 horsepower straight-six engine. Those brakes were still hydraulically-operated and front suspension was independent.

Less than 6000 Plymouth P8 convertibles were manufactured and of the remaining cars, this

1939 Detroit car is definitely amongst the very best of them. This historic US pre-war Plymouth has been comprehensively restored and is in show condition throughout. A Classic Data expert inspection report from 2015 bares testament to this, the car indeed received a clear note 1 in all respects. Coming to Coys from a collection of concourse automobiles and is offered with German historic registration documents and TÜV until 07/2019. This is without any doubt an exceptional car and as such not to be missed and unrepeatable.

 


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