Restore or Rat Rad: 1940 Plymouth Pickup – Sold!
Even the most diehard of Mopar fans likely don’t know that before World War II, Plymouth offered a line of trucks virtually identical to those found at Dodge dealers back in the day. Pickup versions were known as the Express and the example listed on Craigslist in Wallingford, Connecticut is the first one we’ve come across for sale since we started GuysWithRides.com. The current caretaker is asking $6,950 for his rough but complete 1940 example and a review of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Express priced at the bottom end of the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $6,850, $11,900, and $17,100, respectively.
Summary of these rare Plymouth trucks courtesy of Allpar.com:
“Plymouth entered the light duty truck market in 1937 with four body styles built on a truck chassis shared with Dodge. Dubbed the PT series (for Plymouth Truck), body types included the Express (pickup), a cab-and-chassis (with full length running boards and rear fenders), Commercial Sedan (sedan delivery), and wood body station wagon. The panel delivery would remain on the truck chassis for two years, the wagon for just one.
Minor appearance changes marked the PT105 series for 1940. New for the year was the addition of sealed beam headlamps and a larger 35 amp generator to power them; it was no longer possible to mount the parking lamp in the headlamp itself, so a rather odd looking “pod” was added to the top of the headlamp bucket. The upper grill shell was livened up by the addition of three horizontal stainless strips. Horsepower was increased from 70 to 79, although bore and stroke figures remained the same as previous years.
Despite a $10 price hike, sales of the PT105 series increased slightly with sales of 6,879 pickups and 174 cab-and-chassis units. The upper grill shell, which had been plain on the ’39 PT81, was treated to the addition of three horizontal stainless steel trim strips. Some PT105 models had the spare tire mounted on the right side of the box, forward of the rear wheel (normal placement for the spare tire was beneath the box).“
So with what appears to be a complete truck itching to be returned to road ready condition, what would be your direction with this rare Plymouth? Comment below and let us know. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Very Rare 1940 Plymouth Pickup Truck. Straight and solid truck.
Restore or keep it with the Patina look.
Please look at the pictures and give me a call.
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