Sold for $29,700 at 2007 RM Sothebys. The production of the Chrysler Plymouth's began in 1928 which was the same point in history that Ford introduced their Model A. Even with stiff competition, the Plymouth marque was able to establish Chrysler as one of the top three automakers in the United States by the late 1920s. Their cars were sturdy and dependable and soon to become a style leader. Based in Detroit, Plymouth introduced their first model assigned a model year classification by the Chrysler Corporation in 1932, and it was the 1932 Plymouth PB. This was the same year Plymouth introduced one-piece front fenders, free-standing chrome headlamps, and a better version of their four-cylinder engine.
The Plymouth PB's of 1932 were offered as a four-door sedan, business coupe, two-door sedan, rumble seat coupe, sports roadster, business roadster, phaeton, convertible coupe, convertible sedan, seven passenger sedan, and as a plain chassis. A total of 159 examples of the rolling chassis were created. Only 259 examples of the Phaeton were created; 690 Convertible Sedans, 4853 of the Convertible Coupe, and 3,225 of the Business Roadster. The most popular bodystyle was the Four Door Sedan which saw 38,066 units created. 11,126 examples of the Business Coupe were created and 13,031 of the Two Door Sedan. Total production for the year was 121,468 units which meant they displaced Buick to become the third among US automobile producers for 1932.
This 1932 Plymouth PB Convertible was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $30,000 - $40,000 and offered without reserve. It sold for just under the estimated value at $29,700 including buyer's premium.
It is powered by a four-cylinder engine that displaces 196 cubic-inches and produces 65 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. The 112-inch wheelbase is held in place by semi-elliptic leaf springs and a floating rear axle.
It is in good condition and is the recipient of an older restoration. All of its chrome and bright-work as still in good condition; the four-cylinder engine is well detailed and correctly painted. It is painted cream with dark green beltline and matching fenders. It has a tan convertible top, tan vinyl coverings, painted black wire wheels with whitewall tires, and rear mounted spare and rumble seat.
It is a car that is in good condition and one of the few PB Convertible's from 1932 still in existence. The big news for 1932 from Plymouth were its upgraded frame to the rigid 'X' construction. Oil filters became standard equipment and the brake drums were now fitted with centrifuse. This assembly consisted of steel drums with a fused cast iron friction surface.
Even though the Great Depression was in full swing, the PB models weathered this difficult point in history with great success. The Plymouth marque came into existence on June 11th of 1928 and would remain in business until June 28th of 2001. Ironically, the first and last cars produced would be fitted with four-cylinder engines and both were intended for the lower-priced segment of the automotive market. By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
Rumble Seat Coupe
By 1932, Plymouth, which had been introduced only a few years earlier (in 1928), was solidly established as one of the 'Low-Priced Three,' referring to Ford, Chevrolet and Plymouth.
The Model PB was built for less than a year and was Plymouth's last four-cylinder model. Accordingly, it has attained collector car status among many Plymouth enthusiasts.
This Plymouth, which features a rumble seat, is loaded with accessories from the era, including chromed grille, flying lady radiator cap, twin horns, twin fog lights, bumper guards, twin side view mirrors, running board step plates, radio, heater, cigarette humidor lighter and windshield defroster. Base price of the car, minus accessories, was $535.
In the summer of 1928, Walter Chrysler released his low priced Plymouth. Henry Ford reportedly told him that he would go broke with his new endeavor, believing that he and Chevrolet had the market already sewn up. Chrysler, nonetheless, forged ahead. The first two years were rather successful and at one point Plymouth and the recent Dodge acquisition were carrying the company.
The Chrysler Plymouth made their debut in 1928 at the Madison Square Garden, with Amelia Earhart (who had just become the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic) behind the wheel. It was billed as 'A New Zenith of Low Priced Car-Luxury and Performance.' The name Plymouth was chosen as a symbol of 'the endurance and strength, the rugged honesty, enterprise and determination of achievement and freedom from old limitations of the Pilgrim band who were the first American colonists,' at Plymouth Rock, MA.
These 'economy' cars, with a base price of $670, featured such expensive-car features as 4-wheel hydraulic brakes, full-pressure engine lubrication, aluminum alloy pistons and an independent hand brake.
The 1932 Plymouth PB was the first Plymouth to be publically identified with a specific year. For the first time advertising clearly identified it as a 1932 model, and it was also the last four-cylinder Plymouth produced until 1971.
In 1932, Plymouth was the only car in the depression-shaken industry to improve sales over the year before. Part of their success was due to its 'Floating Power.' It was the solution to the tooth-jarring, previously unavoidable vibration common to four-cylinder cars. Plymouth insulated the powerplant from the frame by lining the front and rear mounts with heavy rubber. This gave the engine the ability to 'float' from side-to-side on its rubber mounts, which kept vibration to a minimum.
The 1932 Plymouth was offered in a vast array of body styles including the business roadster, phaeton, sport roadster, convertible sedan, and convertible coupe. They had beautifully proportioned styling and the PB looked upmarket compared to most other four-cylinder cars of the era. The engine had high-compression cylinder heads offering abundant performance. The radiator shell and headlights had a chromed finish.
From 1931 to 1954, Plymouth was third in auto sales, which saved Chrysler in the 1930s By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2016
Joseph Frazer, a Chrysler executive who was later a partner in the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation, selected the Plymouth name. He named the car after the Plymouth Cordage Company that at the time, produced twine. He chose the name since twine was a popular product with farmers. Due to the Great Depression, 1932 was the lowest auto sales year since 1918. In spite of this, Plymouth increased its market share significantly and was the third most popular car in 1932.
There were ten different Plymouth models offered in 1932. The Businessman's Roadster cost $495 and 3,225 were sold out of a total production run of 121,468. New for this year were the one piece front fenders, free standing chrome headlamps and an improved four cylinder engine. It generated 65 horsepower from 165 cubic inches. This was also the first year for a rigid 'X' frame and oil filters became standard equipment. Brake drums were now fitted with centrifuse. This was a steel drum with a fused cast iron friction surface.
This car is one of 320 'Collegiate Special' models built in 1932. The orange and black color represent Princeton University and it was a $40 factory option. This model is one of two known to be built as a Businessman's Roadster featuring these eye catching colors.
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