Can’t Finish: 1950 Plymouth Suburban Wagon Project – SOLD!

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

July 20th Update:  We received word this posting for this 1950 Plymouth has been deleted by the speller, indicating he’s since found a buyer for his wagon since we first featured it in early June.

Arguably one of the worst fears of a collector car enthusiast is their inability to finish a project they started.  That appears to be the situation with this mildly customized 1950 Plymouth Suburban Two Door Station Wagon listed over the weekend here on Craigslist in Indianapolis, Indiana with the powertrain and front clip removed.  All parts to reassemble this mild custom are said to be accounted for and the asking price is currently set at $7,000.  Unfortunately, a Hagerty Insurance estimate is not available currently for this model, so a review of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this asking price is well below the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $20,600, $37,100, and $75,000, respectively.   If you are serious about buying this fairly easy to complete project, you can start the conversation by calling Ron for more details at (317) 672-2630 and leaving a message.

In 1949, Plymouth took the U.S. station wagon market by storm when it launched the industry’s first all-steel bodied Suburban.  Additionally, the Suburban was the first low-priced car an automatic “turn-the-key” ignition/starter combination we now take for granted.  The Suburban featured a two-door body that seated seated six. The back row of seating folded flat to allow 42 inches of flat floor space which helped it become popular as a commercial wagon.

Suburbans relied on vinyl upholstery for the interior as this was more hard-wearing for utilitarian use. Power came from Chrysler Corporation’s smallest six, a 217.8 cubic inch L-head inline unit that produced 97 brake horsepower at 3,800 rpm. Buyers planning to carry heavy loads often added a “taxi package” that featured heavy-duty chassis springs and shock absorbers, a 100amp/hr battery with a heat shield, and even heavier grade springs in seats and seat backs.

Here’s a video from Jay Leno’s Garage where the host features a stock example:

Said to be mildly customized back in the 1980s, this green over green project provides an interesting project for someone skilled to put this back together.  With the front clip completely off, the next caretaker could update the suspension and power train for a bit more fun or just put it all back together with whats there and enjoy the car as an affordable mild custom.  Either way you decide to go, good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“For Sale – 1950 Plymouth Suburban Station Wagon
For sale is an all steel 2-door Plymouth station wagon. This is an older mild custom probably done in the 1980’s. 6-cylinder flathead with 133,809 miles. 3-speed standard transmission (rebuilt clutch and pressure plate). Cleaned and sealed gas tank. Other items of interest include: louvered hood, frenched bumpers, pin striped, older custom vinyl interior and 1953 Chrysler wire wheels. The paint is not perfect and there may be some putty repair in the past. Currently the doghouse, engine and transmission are out of the car (see picks) because the frame front was repaired due to rust. Most parts are accounted for. Owner does not have the ability to put the car back together so he is anxious to sell. This would make a great street rod! Current owner is asking $7000 OBO. Parts car (wagon) and 1953cid Dodge Hemi engine also available at additional cost. Please call Ron for more details at 317-672-2630 and leave a message.

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

  1. Brian

    Did this car sell? The Craigslist is deleted.

    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Brian,

      Sorry about that. Yes, we confirmed the seller deleted his post we originally featured in early June and has not posted a new listing we can track down, so we’re calling that Plymouth “Sold.”


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