1940 Plymouth Deluxe Four-door Touring Sedan Rotisserie Restored
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Fenton, Missouri, United States
Features and Specifications
|SubModel:||Deluxe Four-door Touring Sedan|
|Engine:||201 CID inline 6|
1940 Other Makes Deluxe Touring Sedan
1940 Plymouth Deluxe Four-door Touring Sedan Rotisserie RestoredThe original purchased family owned the Plymouth until 2007!Purchased by the families close neighbor who restored the Plymouth in 2008 (documented)Rotisserie frame off nut and bolt correctfactory specification restoration2016 Forest Grove Oregon Concourse Winner 2016Restored and owned by the VicePresident of the Cascade Pacific Plymouth ClubWrite-up on this Plymouth in the National Plymouth Club BulletinIncluded with full historic written story by the original owner's granddaughter Charlene WeberStill titled on its original 1940 Oregon license plates "14-852"Purchased new at Tarola Motor Car Company of Portland Oregon on October 9th, 1939Full mechanical refresh performed in 2016 (documented)Original numbers matching 201 CID L-head inline six-cylinder engineThree-speed manual transmission with auto-meshBlue exterior and tan interiorTrue-stead steering gear, hypoid rear axle and correct Roller bearing U-jointAnti-friction chassis bearings, X-type frame and precision hydraulic brakesDocumentation includes binder of information, photos, multiple advertisements, service and operation schedule, brochures, a question-and-answer booklet, paint chips, a repair and tune-up manual, invoices and moreAmazing and highly detailed undercarriage, a must see!
Some cars are hard to let go and some inspire boundless family loyalty. This is one such car, a 1940 Plymouth Deluxe Four-door Touring Sedan, currently at MotoeXotica Classic Cars. It has been owned by the original purchased Oregon family from new until 2007! Currently the Plymouth is still titled on its original 1940 Oregon license plates "14-852" and was purchased by the families close neighbor who restored the Plymouth in 2008 (documented) and who was also vice president of the Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club.
The Plymouth was treated to a correctfactory specification, no expense spared, rotisserie frame off nut and bolt restoration. After restoration the Plymouth was a2016 Forest Grove Oregon Concourse Winner 2016. The cherry on top for this stunning post war sedan is the included documentation such as binder of 1940 Plymouth information, before and after photos, multiple advertisements, service and operation schedule, brochures, a question-and-answer booklet, paint chips, a repair and tune-up manual, restoration receipts and full historic written story by the original owner's granddaughter Charlene Weber.
This concourse winning Plymouth was originally made in Chryslerâ€™s Los Angeles, California factory in late summer or early fall of 1939 (it was just the 148th vehicle built there that year) and shipped to the Tarola Motor Car Company in Portland, Oregon. On October 9, 1939, the original owner, named Sadie C., traded in a used Chevrolet sedan (year not recorded) for the Plymouth. Her husband used the Plymouth to drive to his job at the shipyards.
Finished in an outstanding blue metallic, the carâ€™s paint and trim are in overall excellent order. The windows, lights and bodywork are all in similar fantastic condition. Note the driverâ€™s side only reverse light perched above the back bumper. The engine bay is extremely tidy and the trunk looks great, too, with its spare tire, wheel and wheel cover plus a jack. The carâ€™s chrome bumpers and grill trim shine brilliantly.
This Plymouth rolls on Goodyear Deluxe All-Weather wide whitewalls, size 6.00-16 at all four corners. Each tire is mounted around correct body-colored beauty rings with factory center caps. The tires are in very good order while the wheels are in excellent order.
Under the hood is the original matching numbers 201 CID flathead six-cylinder engine bolted to a three-speed manual transmission with auto-mesh. The engine had familiar â€œLâ€ head while the compression ratio remained at 6.7 to 1, the highest figure in the low-priced field. Again, four piston rings were used and the engine had full pressure oil lubrication. The crankshaft used four main bearings. Cooling system capacity was 3.5 gallons while a 17-gallon fuel tank was fitted.
The new transmission introduced for 1940 also allowed the engineers to lower the front floor hump and all models were treated to the column shift lever. With the emergency brake lever located on the left side under dash by the steering column the front seat was obstruction free and could carry three passengers in fair comfort.
An entirely new transmission incorporating a blocker type of synchronizer to prevent gear clashing was used in both models. The transmission cover was moved to the side of the case and an extent ion at the rear of the transmission provided the use of the â€˜39â€™s short drive shaft despite the increased wheelbase of the '40 models. The transmission gears were helical cut for quieter operation. The ventilated clutch used a 9-Â½â€ dry plate. The rear end has a 4.1:1 ratio.
Inside, the cavernous tan interior is in excellent condition, including the front and rear bench seats, the carpet, headliner and three-spoke steering wheel. The instrument panel, with its full instrumentation and Safety Signal speedometer, and the inner door panels, are in similar excellent condition. Even the window sills are wooden and complement the rest of the interior well. A vertically-mounted factory AM radio completes the interior. When viewing this Plymouth, the interior and dash are really a grand piece of art!
With a three-inch longer wheelbase over the comparable 1939 models, the engine moved forward four inches and the rear axle aftward 7.5-inches yielded 10 cubic feet of additional interior space.
The carâ€™s second owner, Bill C., requested a history of the vehicle from the family that owned it before him and Charlene W., complied. Her maternal grandparents bought the Plymouth new and eventually passed it on to Charleneâ€™s parents. In fact, when Bill bought the car, Charleneâ€™s Beaverton High School sticker was still visible in one of the rear wing windows.
At some point, the Plymouth ceased being the familyâ€™s â€œonlyâ€ car, but they never let it go and Charleneâ€™s father hoped his grandson would someday be able to restore the old car. That didnâ€™t happen but one day, while the Charlene and her husband were at lunch with their former neighbor, Bill C., he handed them a business card that had a picture of a blue 1940 Plymouth Special Deluxe Sedan on it. Long story short, the car eventually came home with Bill; it is restored now and Charlene visits â€œher Plymouthâ€ occasionally at Billâ€™s.
In 2015, Bill sold this car to Doug M., who joined Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club. Old Blue had an illustrious career, including a Best of Class trophy at the 2016 Forest Grove Concours and a write-up in the National Plymouth Club Bulletin.
Paul Woudenberg, author of â€œFord in the Thirties,â€ wrote, â€œThe 1940 Plymouth was all new easily the best Plymouth to appear in the short history of the marque. The Chrysler Corporation had finally come up with a new style which was handsome, albeit boxy, and in keeping with the latest trends.â€
Documentation includes binder of information, photos, multiple advertisements, service and operation schedule, brochures, a question-and-answer booklet, paint chips, a repair and tune-up manual, invoices and more.
Competition to this Plymouth in 1940 included Chevroletâ€™s Special Deluxe sedan, Fordâ€™s Deluxe Sedan, Nashâ€™s Ambassador Six sedan, Oldsmobileâ€™s Special Sedan, Packardâ€™s 110 Sedan and Pontiacâ€™s Torpedo Sedan.
If youâ€™ve ever sought a â€œa concourse winning pre war Plymouth Deluxe Sedan,â€ your search could end here at MotoeXotica Classic Cars. Stop by today to see this brilliant Plymouth today.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 79,488 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt Oregon title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
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