NEW! Award 30: 1942 Plymouth Special Deluxe Convertible P14C – Sold!

May 2020 | Classifinds, NEW Award, Topless Thursday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

May 7th Update – great story, fantastic pictures, still out of touch price.  When we originally featured this ’42 Plymouth, the original asking price was out of touch with the current market.  Now add in a global pandemic and thinking that lowering the price $500 now that its spring will help, won’t.  Neat car for the right buyer with excellent negotiating skills.

The 1942 model year for U.S. car manufacturers was cut short as the country converted all of its manufacturing capacity to support the war effort.  Consequently, coming across 1942 cars such as is this Plymouth Special Deluxe Convertible survivor recently listed on Craigslist in Orange, Virginia is a rare sight. While it’s a great survivor quality car with a great story, at $45,500 the seller’s optimistic expectations are beyond the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool’s “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $14,250, $21,100, $31,900, respectively.  While the seller claims there are only 13 known to still exist, the cold reality is the demand for 1940s cars such as this one continues to decrease.  Consequently, we’re giving this Plymouth our latest “NEW! (short for “No Effin Way!) Award) as we predict this car will either be sold or traded for much less.

With a fresh full mechanical rebuild, this rare pre-WWII Plymouth appears ready is ready to drive to and from shows or even to use on Antique Automobile Club of America driving events.  Perhaps not that long ago this example would have ended up sitting around in a museum.  We think this survivor deserves to be driven and shown.  If you can get the seller to budge a bit on the price you’ll have a great conversation piece you can drive.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“For your consideration a 1942 Plymouth Special Deluxe Convertible P14C. This particular example was purchased in 1942 by the original owner for his daughter to drive to college. He wasn’t really looking for a convertible, but he bought this car because it was the only new car left on the lot. With the war effort in full swing it was nearly impossible to find a new car. It was a favorite of the family and ended up as the Dad’s car. In later years as health placed some restrictions, he drove it only down the long farm driveway to get the mail. The car is in great shape considering it’s age.


The paint still shows well as does the interior and seating surfaces. Due to the overall condition of the car, and the rarity, it was decided to only do a mechanical restoration so that the car would be reliable and enjoyed for years to come in its present condition. Since the car saw little use since the passing of the previous owner, the decision was made to have the engine rebuilt so as to not cause any damage when trying to start it after it’s long hibernation. In addition to the engine rebuild, the following work was completed:
Brake system replacement including all new lines and master cylinder
Fuel system replacement including new tank, filler neck and fuel lines
New axel seals Complete transmission service
New convertible top and boot
New tires

This is a wonderful example of this car, and with it being a 1942, there are few examples of these cars around today due to the United States turning its production capacity to the war effort and away from the consumer market. it is believed there are only 13 known to remain in the U.S. The car was featured in an issue of the Plymouth Owner’s Group publication the Plymouth Bulletin.

In addition to the pictures in the listing, there are numerous other pictures and videos of the car available at the following link:

Comparable trades will be considered. Please send pictures and descriptions of what you have to offer.

Do you have a ’42 Plymouth  story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Anonymous

    I went and drove this car in Virginia in mid July of 2020…it was still for sale. It has recently been relisted in Hemmings as of June 2021 …yes, ’21.


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