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1939 Plymouth P8 Deluxe Line

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After forming Chrysler Corporation, Walter P. Chrysler added the Plymouth Motor Corporation in May, 1928 to offer a low price car, the first being a sedan with a price of $725. Just a few months later, Chrysler purchased Dodge Brothers Inc. By 1930, Plymouth was one of the top selling automobile brands along with Chevrolet and Ford and continued its strong presence in the market well in the mid-1950s.

The Plymouth P-8 was introduced in 1939 with a 201 cubic-inch straight six-cylinder engine delivering 82 horsepower. It was the highest priced car in the Plymouth line and the only car in the Chrysler lineup to offer a convertible body style.

Of the 403,618 Plymouths built during the 1939 model year a mere 387 were Convertible Sedans contrasted with 5,976 Convertible Coupes. Moreover Plymouth was the only Chrysler Corporation car line to offer convertibles in 1939. Since this was the only year in which Plymouth built a 4-door convertible sedan, it is an extremely rare production-built model. These Convertible Sedans have a unique wheelbase 9117 inches), three inches longer than the other Plymouth body styles of 1939-essentially a Dodge chassis except for the 201 cubic-inch standard Plymouth L-head six that developed 82 horsepower.

The original price of $1,150 f.o.b. Detroit made this the highest priced 1939 Plymouth. The windwings were standard equipment while the factory installed radio, deluxe steering wheel, heater, fog lights, locking gas cap, wheel discs and trim rings, fender skirts and white sidewall tires were optional accessories. Among the standard features offered for the first time on the Deluxe Plymouth Series P-8 were: a steering column mounted gear shift lever, 'wet weather ventilation' (employing a cowl ventilator rain trap), two-piece vee'd windshield, flush-mounted headlamps and a 'safety signal' speedometer which evaluated increasing speed by flashing from green to amber to red as speeds progressed.

Lucille Ball is pictured in one of these cars Chrysler Corporation loaned for famous people to use while touring the 1939-1940 Worlds Fair.

This car was discovered in a Dayton, Ohio warehouse where it had been stored after the war. It was sitting on 15-inch Chrysler wheels and tires, with the original wheels and tires stacked nearby for easy exchange. The car was in good condition and the current owner has owned it for over 20 years.

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1939 Plymouth P8 Deluxe Line Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Plymouth P8 Deluxe Line

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Plymouth P-8 Deluxe Road King Sedan
Sold for USD$88,000
  2021 Mecum : Indy 2021
 
1939 Plymouth Deluxe P8
Sold for USD$7,500
  2021 Carlisle Auctions : Lakeland Winter Auction
 
1939 Plymouth Convertible
Chassis#: 10806640
Sold for USD$24,750
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1939 Plymouth Street Rod
Sold for USD$17,600
  2017 Silver Auction - Arizona in January 2017
 
1939 Plymouth Deluxe Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 3235536
Sold for USD$31,900
  2012 RM Auctions - The Charlie Thomas Collection
 
1939 PLYMOUTH SPECIAL DELUXE COUPE
Sold for USD$29,400
  2012 McCormicks Palm Springs Auction 52
 
1939 Plymouth Deluxe Convertible
Sold for USD$31,500
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Dallas, TX Auction
 
1939 PLYMOUTH P-8 DELUXE COUPE
Sold for USD$30,250
  2011 Auctions America - Fall Carlisle
 
1939 Plymouth P8
Sold for USD$34,560
  2010 Branson Auctions - September 2010
 
1939 Plymouth Coupe
Chassis#: P715123BC
Sold for USD$10,573
  2006 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia
 
1939 Plymouth Rumble Seat Two Door
Sold for USD$6,490
  2003 Toronto International Fall Classic Car Auction
 

Plymouth P8 Deluxe Lines That Failed To Sell At Auction

1939 Plymouth P8 Deluxe Line's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 PLYMOUTH P-8 STREET ROD107936022017 Premier Auction Group$13,000  
1939 Plymouth Deluxe Convertible Coupe 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $60,000$70,000
1939 Plymouth P-8 4 door 2016 Carlisle Auctions : Spring Carlisle   
1939 Plymouth Coupe 2013 Mecum Auctions Dallas 2013$14,000  
1939 Plymouth P8 Deluxe 2009 The Old Car Heaven Museum Auction$35,200  
1939 PLYMOUTH SEDAN 2007 Silver Auction Spokane$8,200  

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