Plymouth was founded in the 1920s by Chrysler as an effort to make “low
price” cars that the average American could afford. While they sought the
American middle class, they offered more options and power than low-priced
Fords. They were thus more expensive than the competition, but also better
built and much more comfortable. This led to their success in the Roaring
20s, especially as “fleet vehicles,” wherein many were purchased for use as
company cars, delivery vehicles or rental cars.
Five Remarkable Things about Plymouth
cars, earning the nickname “Woody” in folklore and song.
as the exceptionally large interior enabled them to carry surfboards as
well as cooking and camping gear.
cars made by Chrysler, Dodge or Mitsubishi.
trucks and vans built for commercial use.
Plymouth Car Models
Plymouth suffered badly in the 1930s and early 40s, as the depression
eliminated the wealth of the very people who would otherwise purchase their
cars. The car model was too cheap for the luxury market and too expensive
for the average consumer, the brand languished until the 1950s. At that
time, the Coupe and Station Wagon (the first car so-named) found a market
among the emerging lower classes, being an excellent “first car” or “family
car” for students, industrial workers, and especially returning GIs. While
neither powerful nor capable of great performance, the Plymouth car was
affordable and reliable and was prized for their ability to endure long
However, these vehicles were produced by cutting corners, most notably in
their steel. This led to the vehicles rusting out very badly in wet
climates, especially in New England and the Midwest where roads were salted
each winter. The backlash from these rust problems led to the brand dying
as an independent entity and existing as an outlet for badge engineered
models licensed from other companies.
Chrysler revived the brand one last time in the late 1990s, using it as an
outlet for the more eccentric and experimental cars. The Plymouth Prowler
was the most notable of Plymouth car of this period, with a huge front
bumper and unconventional layout meant to imitate classic roadsters and hot
rods from the 1920s and 30s. While exciting to look at, it lacked power and
performance when compared with other vehicles in its price range. Only
selling about 11,000 units, its failure doomed the marque, which was
discontinued in 2001.