Today’s car is a 1948 Plymouth Special De Luxe 2-Door Club Coupe owned by Javier Sampiero. I saw this car at the Inaugural Classic Cars and Cigars Car Show, held by the Santa Monica Police Officers Association in Santa Monica.
It is finished in Plymouth Black with a Grey / Blue broadcloth Interior. Under the hood is a 95 hp, 217.8 cu in, 3.56 Liter, L-Head Inline 6 cylinder engine with a Carter 1-bbl carburetor. It is mated to a 3-speed column-shifted manual transmission and 3.90:1 axle ratio. Helping slow this baby down are 10 inch hydraulic drum brakes, The fully independent front suspension is coil springs with telescopic shock absorbers The rear suspension is semi-elliptical parallel longitudinal leaf springs with telescopic shock absorbers. The optional features include a Motorola pushbutton AM radio (Mopar 802), Mopar cowl mounted dual outside mirrors, and Model 36 Mopar deluxe heater/defrost system,
The original MSRP for a 1948 Plymouth Club Coupe was $1,500.00. The total number of 1948 Special Deluxe production was 856,926 of which 156,629 were Club Coupes. The advertised top speed of 79 mph and a 0-60 time of 20.4 seconds. This beauty represents the post war period. It will do great at any MoPar and any other car show, Cars & Coffee events, or just cruising to Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank, CA on Friday night for a burger, shake and the Cruise Night. Thanks for traveling along. Frank