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About Plymouth

Plymouth was a marque of automobile based in the United States, marketed by the Chrysler Corporation and DaimlerChrysler from 1928 to 2001.

History

Origins

The Plymouth automobile was introduced on July 7, 1928. It was the Chrysler Corporation's first entry in the low-priced field, which at the time was dominated by Chevrolet and Ford. Plymouths were actually priced a little higher than the competition, but they offered standard features such as hydraulic brakes that the competition did not provide. Plymouths were originally sold exclusively through Chrysler dealerships. The logo featured a rear view of the Mayflower ship which landed at Plymouth Rock, hence the name "Plymouth" as the brand.

The origins of the first Plymouth can be traced back to the Maxwell automobile. When Walter Chrysler took over control of the trouble-ridden Maxwell-Chalmers car company in the early 1920s, he inherited the Maxwell as part of the package. After he used the company's facilities to help create and launch the Chrysler car in 1924, he decided to create a lower-priced companion car. So for 1926 the Maxwell was reworked and re-badged as a low-end Chrysler model. Then at the end of the decade this model was once again reworked and re-badged, this time to create the Plymouth.

Great Depression, 1940s, and 1950s

While the original purpose of the Plymouth was simply to cover a lower-end marketing niche, during the Great Depression of the 1930s the car would help significantly in ensuring the survival of the Chrysler Corporation in a decade when many other car companies failed. Beginning in 1930, Plymouths were sold by all three Chrysler divisions (Chrysler, DeSoto, and Dodge). Plymouth sales were a bright spot during this dismal automotive period, and by 1931 Plymouth rose to the number three spot among all cars.

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2-door
5-seat
V8 16v 5.2L OHV A-3
171.5 kW / 230.0 hp / 230.0 hp  461.0 N·m / 340.0 lb·ft / 340.0 lb·ft
   

Plymouth VIP Fast Top (1968)

2-door 5-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5210 cm3 / 317.9 cu in / 317.9 cu in, 171.5 kW / 230.0 hp / 230.0 hp @ 4400 rpm / 4400 rpm / 4400 rpm, 461.0 N·m / 340.0 lb·ft / 340.0 lb·ft @ 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
5-seat
V8   5.2L      A-3
172.0 kW / 230.7 hp / 230.7 hp  461.0 N·m / 340.0 lb·ft / 340.0 lb·ft
   

Plymouth VIP Fasttop (1968)

2-door 5-seater coupé, 8-cylinder V engine, 5208 cm3 / 317.8 cu in / 317.8 cu in, 172.0 kW / 230.7 hp / 230.7 hp @ 4400 rpm / 4400 rpm / 4400 rpm, 461.0 N·m / 340.0 lb·ft / 340.0 lb·ft @ 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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