CARHUNTERS newest obsession and addition to collection!
1939 Plymouth P8 Deluxe Businessmans Coupe
My car was restored about 20 years ago and is the extreme example of traditional old scool! Yeah I said s cool
Been converted to 12 volts with an alternator, has a simple disc brake conversion up front with power brakes, Offenhauser Dual Carb manifold, Phillips Performance Split exhaust manifolds into true dual pipes and turn signals added. The paint showing its age, a few rust spots, but the chassis is very clean and the interior is almost perfect! The car is the perfect mix of retro, drivable and no concerns about using it, in other words not going to be a trailer queen!
Later down the road it may get a V8 Mopar/auto powerplant
NO CHEVY ENGINE HERE PAL!
Now you have the honor or task of joining my 1939 Plymouth obsession, you can determine that!!
I have been lusting after a 39 Plymouth for years and after I finally find one I started to really think about this 77 year old car!
For you younger readers I have to explain that in 1939 like many early years many car manufacturers only sold one car each year. Unlike today or even the 60's you had no other choice; 30 years later for example 1969 you could have bought a Satellite, Valiant, Fury and variants of each car in 4 platforms in over 20 submodels!
In 1939 they churned out the same car or did they?
The P7 was the base Roadking
The P8 was the Deluxe
Almost all the models could be a P7 or P8 except the commercial models
Read em and weep only one base car, but you still had choices!
Read em and weep only one base car, but you still had choices!
Check out Joe Sherlock's page, a big fan of 39 Plymouth's
I hope you noticed they sold for less than $700, can you imagine that?
This is quite a chassis, independant front suspension featuring staggered control arms with sway bar, but only 1 choice of driveline - a flathead 6 cylinder of 201 cubic inches, a 3 speed manual transmission and usually a 3.7 or 4.1 rear gear which got it moving although limiting highway speeds a bit as horsepower was limited under 100
I am amazed by some of the "new" features as early as 1939
Previously and still on the Roadking P7 there was a bulky floor shifter, they call this the new Remote Control Shifting and one of the features on the P8 Deluxe models, you see 2 finger shifting!
Then for a whopping $9.50 you could get finger touch power shifting added, how it worked is very similar to a power brake booster as it applied vacuum to ease the shift levers into gear effortlessly. Just recall hitting the brakes while the engine is off or lose of vacuum then shifting would be extremely difficult!
This little diddy is basically a hill holder clutch for those pesky incline maneuvers
This same engine in variable displacements was around tried and true until 1959 when it was replaced by the famous slant six which lasted into 2000 which was replaced by the 3.9 V6. Oddly enough CARHUNTER now has a matched set 39 Flathead 6, 80 slant six and a 93 3.9 Magnum V6! Each one of these engines has it's own legacy and place in Chrysler history!!
A coupe convertible which featured a rumble seat, an automatic top and this one had a special order side mount spare which was a feature reserved for the commercial chassis vehicles
I may be biased, but the front of this car is very Art Deco as that era started to move towards it's end, the first time a Chrysler vehicle lost it's headlamp "pods" and featured the most stylish oval headlamp lenses in the fenders! They had replaceable bulbs. Could I say it was sexy?
I guess I need a hat now?
Follow along because it is not often realized how innovative Chrysler was only because of the greater following through the years of GM and Ford vehicles
Coupe available with a rumble seat and as a businessmans coupe with no rear seat, you can actually sleep in the trunk with comfort in a business coupe
The 39 seems to be at home restored, mild street rod or full custom
A convertible sedan, much like the Ford 4 door Phaeton, the World's Fair of 1939 focused on innovations of the future and the Plymouth played an important host role with VIP tours
Lucille Ball getting a tour of the fair
Cheese it it's the cops!! HQ to car 9 come in!!
Yes they had a police force and fire department as well!
One of the new materials of the future was plastic so a 1939 Plymouth Convertible sedan was chosen to introduce a Steelplast plastic roof billed as stronger than steel and paintable without primer at the 1939 World's Fair
My 39 Plymouth certainly recalls the spirit of the 1939 World's Fair and Chrysler had an impressive pavilion
Can you find any Plymouth's in the Fairs parking lot, everyone of these drivers headed right to the Chrysler exhibit to see the new 1939's!
So what was 1939 like?
Average home price $3800
Average yearly Salary $1730
Gas 10 cents a gallon
Rent $28 a month
A company named Hewlett Packard was formed
The 1st car with air conditioning is produced by Packard
Batman makes his first appearance to the world via comic books and was there a Batmobile, yes and it never actually was a real car being confined to comic book pages!
I am guessing a straight 12 cylinder powered this baby!
First ever tv telecast baseball game from Ebbets Field
Franklin D. Roosevelt is president and the world is changing and heading towards war
The Manhattan project is formed and will soon develop the A bomb in a top secret facility in Tennessee
This one strange enough to mention Canada declares war against Germany, you heard me!
I never knew Canada declared war on anyone?
New York Municipal Airport is dedicated later renamed LaGuardia and this was the last time it was updated- LOL!
Speaking of flying Amelia Earhart is declared officially deceased, nice segway huh?
Al Unser is born
Malcolm Bricklin is born, who knew in just 35 years he would bring us his namesake car!
Jean Bugatti Dies and he left his mark on the automotive world with the type 57 variants a few years prior to his death
Built for the 1939 World's Fair an exquisite 1939 Imperial Parade Phaeton
The World's Fair being in NY prompted Chrysler to build a 1940 Imperial Parade phaeton to be used in NY City
Known as Fabulous Fanny
Can you ID the dignitaries in the car?
In 1952 Chrysler built 3 new Parade Cars, all 3 were updated to mimic 1955 Imperials
Read more here, CARHUNTER has the honor of of being a caretaker and a driver of the NY 52 Parade Car
Before we get back to 1939 a note, all the Parade cars are alive and well today
1939 Dicks Auto Museum in Texas
1940 Henry Ford Museum collection Michigan
1952 #1 City Of NY
1952 #2 City Of Los Angeles
1952 #3 Petersen Museum Los Angeles
There you are at the 1939 Fair and they hand you some 3D glasses, you are looking through those oval headlamps of a 39 Plymouth!
Now that's a BARN FIND, not a Chrysler minivan or some other useless find as seen on other sites
BARN FIND HUH? OH JOY! Come on already!
An unusual treatment
I need one of these, the only toy ever made?
An oddity as per Sotheby's is built on a 1939 Plymouth chassis by Clem Dwyer of Australia
Was quire famous although some say it's a 38 I tend to believe the auctioneers
A tri-carb flathead 6
I fly past this one then realize it's a 3 window coupe???
Steering wheel on the right?
Along with Utes the 39 Plymouth was sold as a 3 window coupe in Australia!
Not in the USA
In the UK and Maybe Australia they were called Chrysler Kew (assembly plant was in Kew Gardens UK) or the Wimbledon. In New Zealand they were sometimes badged as Chryslers too!
This UTE (pickup coupe) says Chrysler
This 39 appears to be in Germany, not a good idea in 39!
So used up
Open for business
Could make a nice presidential podium
WOW filled in the quarter windows!
Never actually built club cab
A very stately one off limousine
LOONNGG 7?+ passenger Taxi
Several years ago I would have been turning my treasure into a replica of a NYC Police car, I have this original print from Chrysler's archives and it is a rather ironic photo because the car is from the 63 Precinct shot at Floyd Bennett Field Police Aviation unit in Brooklyn NY and as I type this CARHUNTER's location is about 1 1/2 miles from that hanger!
Several years ago I helped with technical advise on the restoration of the Grumman Goose like in the photo with the 39!
Are you a movie buff, do you know this scene from the Godfather? There is a 39 Ford NYPD replica out there and the guy claims it is the actual movie car from this scene- ALERT it is a 39 Plymouth sorry to burst his bubble!
New find with Mayor Laguardia - a 39 NYPD Motorcycle Precinct car
Grand Central Parkway
Became Highway Patrol later on HWY3
Of note this is when white roof came into existence and why? Too many collisions were occurring with patrol cars so white roofs were thought to help make the dark green cars more visible! Also note some had white hoods and some green hoods!
Supervisors (Sergeants) still used all green cars and they often refer to a patrol unit as a white top and that phrase was still used as a marked sector (patrol) unit request by supervisors.
I heard it well into the 90's when all marked cars were white meaning get some patrolman here to handle this!!
Motorcycle Precinct #1 = HWY 1
Ok so a quick chance to blow my own horn- this is my 51 Plymouth I did replicate, maybe I should have kept it?
Another famous Movie 39, Who Framed Roger Rabbit
So much for a Coupe resto on this one
Known as "HERO" cars the rule of thumb is 3 usually exist for the filming!
Plymouth trucks, yes and see my blog link here, I even own an odd Plymouth truck too
The ambulance conversion allowed a stretcher to be inserted by clever placement of seats or lack of!
I have exhausted even the CARHUNTER's skills and can not find any actual photos of a Coupe Pickup conversion 39 Plymouth
So the business coupe was not enough for your samples?
They certainly gave you endless possibilities with a commercial chassis with CAB! The convertible must be rarer than hens teeth!
This is where a strange crossover falls in, yes the Dodge was very close to our Plymouth, but It looks like the Fargo, a name which was used in Canada and other foreign countries seems to share a more with the Plymouth in some cases
A Ute is not Joe Pesci saying Youth, but short for Utility down in Australia
Very rare sedan delivery, these were car based
The "trucks" did still carry over the seperate headlamps
Although 39 Plymouth's make for excellent restoration projects they also seem to await customizers blank canvases. Take note this 39 has a radial aircraft engine!!