1954 Plymouth Belvedere Convertible
In 1928, Walter Chrysler founded the Plymouth division to be Chrysler’s economical line. This was Chrysler’s first attempt to enter the cheaper end of the market which was controlled by Ford and Chevrolet during that time. Despite the approaching economic decline, Plymouth was successful in its venture and became the 3rd top selling brand by 1931. Plymouth’s logo had the Mayflower of Plymouth Rock from the rear point of view but the name Plymouth was based from the Plymouth Binder Twine which is a common item inside the households of farmers in Plymouth.
When Plymouth revamped its lineup in 1954, the Belvedere model was their best model. It replaced the former Cranbrook which was built to rival the Chevrolet Bel Air and Ford Crestline. Plymouth’s lineup in 1954 proved to be reliable rides with a good size and practical design. Plymouth Belvedere had a wide range of configurations from a convertible, 4-door sedan, 2-door station wagon, and a two-door hardtop for its Sport Coupe designs. In 1954, around 6,900 Plymouth Belvedere convertibles were sold.
The Belvedere featured moldings that ran through the whole length of the window sill. It also had moldings on both sides that ran from the rear fender stone shield to the front fender rub rail. On all Belvedere models, a chrome belt molding that ran under the windows and on top of the deck lid were used as a color break line for 2-tone paint themes. They also had chrome moldings on the rear fender that looked like small fins and made the car look longer than it really is.
The 1954 Belvedere had its bumpers extended which made it 4 inches longer than the previous year model. The original plan was that the Belvedere would only have the 218 cid 100 horsepower flathead engine but after its debut, the bigger 230 cid 110 horsepower six-cylinder engine was included. It featured the Power-Flite automatic transmission which made it easy for cruising and respectable speeds along the highway.
This featured 1954 Plymouth Belvedere convertible has the Hy-Style paint and trim package which was available mid-year. It has been fully restored and comes in an elegant Rose paint with a matching classy Cream interior. The fender skirts and chrome wire wheels further enhance the elegance of this Belvedere convertible. The power operated tan convertible top that completes the 50s vintage ride look. The quality of work done to restore this classic Belvedere is outstanding.
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