While the brand name is no more, Plymouth lives on through the classic models that enthusiasts buy up, restore, and keep in top notch condition. Classic Plymouth models had their beginning with Chrysler’s attempt to compete with the low-priced cars being put out by Ford and Chevrolet way back in the 1920s. Chrysler named its new low-end line of models after the earliest American colonials who landed at Plymouth Rock.
The first, now classic Plymouth to come out in 1928 was officially called the 1929 Model Q and was designated a Chrysler-Plymouth. It looked similar to higher-end Chrysler models, and it cost more than the Fords and Chevrolet’s being produced at the time, but it had more standard features and better quality materials and engineering.
Now that Plymouth is no more, many historians and car experts attempt to plot the course of its demise. Some trace that back to the 1970s and competition between Dodge and Plymouth, while others go all the way back to the 1930s. Regardless of what happened to ultimately cause the brand to fizzle out, classic Plymouth cars were designed and built, and thrill car enthusiasts to this day.
Perhaps the most popular of the classic Plymouth models were the muscle cars. Beginning in the 1960s, these classic Plymouths took the brand from reliable, but boring, to affordable, but exciting. The earliest muscle to come from the Plymouth name was the 1962 413 Wedge. They may not have gone over well with the typical buyer, but the Wedges were the beginning of a trend in muscle cars.
With the development of the Hemi engine, Plymouth was in a prime position to offer up powerful super cars. They began with the 1967 GTX, which only came with the Hemi engine. Next up in the late ‘60s was the popular and influential Road Runner. This classic Plymouth offered performance at a reasonable price, and a cartoon mascot that few could resist. The Superbird version of the Road Runner was one of the best muscle cars to come out of Detroit.
Plymouths are no longer made, much to the sorrow of the brands fans, but the legacy lives on in the classic Plymouths that still prowl classic car shows, cruises, and other events where enthusiasts can enjoy them.