When automobile production began to get back into full swing after the War, buyers had to face car shortages, strikes and a sellers' market. In 1946, the Plymouth station wagon was listed for $1,539 from the factory, but it was difficult to find a dealer who would sell one for that price. By 1948, the same station wagon was priced $2,068 - the higher model prices due to escalating labor and material costs.
The 1948 model remained the same as previous years in accordance to corporate policy with no change in the appearance, construction or nomenclature with the exception of a smaller tire, which gave the model a lower appearance. Two-tone wood treatment continued to be offered as in past years, but chrome trim was only applied to the hood and cowl.
There were many options available for the 1948 Special Deluxe models including heater, defroster, radio and antenna, light-up hood ornament, fog lamps and spot lamp. A total of six body styles were offered in the Special Deluxe series.
Plymouth produced the woodie station wagon from 1946 through 1949 with a total of 11,913 examples produced. The body was built by Uschon Manufacturing Company in buffalo, New York with ash wood in the body with mahogany panels. There is seating for eight passengers in three rows of seats. Power is from a 218 cubic-inch flat-head six-cylinder engine delivering nearly 100 horsepower. It cost $2,068 when new and weighed 3400 pounds.
The owners of this vehicle purchased the car over 30 years. It was restored in 2004 with new paint, wood varnish and top and seat material. It has 30,000 original miles and has all original Chrysler parts - no aftermarket or reproduction parts.
Engine Num: P15 889313
Sold for $77,000 at 2013 RM Sothebys
This 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe Six Station wagon was owned by Mr. Newman, a local florist in Elkin, North Carolina. Later in its life it was in the care of Michael Leith. In total, the car has had just three owners since new.
The car is finished in Casino Beige with brown upholstery and wears about 90% of its original paint, which was touched-up only where absolutely necessary. The original wood paneling is in excellent shape throughout, and the factory chrome shows only minimal wear. Inside, there is brown vinyl upholstery and a factory AM radio and heater. Only the brown vinyl top material has been completely replaced.By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014
Chassis Num: P15605096
Engine Num: P15872918S
Sold for $20,900 at 2015 RM Sothebys
Sold for $33,000 at 2015 Bonhams
As Plymouth was focusing its efforts on creating new post-war models for 1949, the 1948 models remained largely unchanged, as they had since 1946. Over the year, numerous small changes were undertaken, yet the body, trim, and mechanical specifications remained essentially the same as in the previous season.
During the year, Plymouth recorded sales of 378,048 cars.
This Special DeLuxe Convertible is believed to have spent much of its life in California. It is finished in Charlotte Ivory and has a red leather interior, an upgrade over the original interior, and a new cloth top and trunk liner. Accessories found on this car include an AM radio, a heater, overdrive, and wide whitewall tires. Power is from an L-head inline six cylinder engine displacing 217.8 cubic-inches and offering nearly 100 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission with overdrive and four-wheel drum brakes.By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2015