As we get closer to Thanksgiving, our thoughts and activities focus on that all-important holiday when Americans commemorate the first arrival of the Pilgrims to Plymouth Colony. That site, located in Massachusetts, became the first permanent English settlement in New England.
The 102 Pilgrims who set foot there had spent 10 weeks at sea on a transport ship called the Mayflower, which carried 30 crew members and had four decks. Landfall was made on November 21, 1620, and in recognition of the arrival, Pilgrims held a celebration to give thanks for the harvest. Today’s focus vehicle gives subtle visual recognition of those significant events.
Displayed across the dash of this Plymouth is the gold emblem of a sailboat – which is, of course, the Mayflower.
Sometimes stylized “De Luxe” in written format, the full-sized Plymouth Deluxe model was produced in two spans of time: The first, from 1933 through 1942, and the second, from 1946 to 1950. The missing four years of model production were consumed with dedicating production resources to World War II.
The Deluxe was available in convertible, coupe, sedan, and station wagon variants. This convertible draws power from a well-sorted 217cid inline-six paired with a three-speed manual transmission. “The car runs and drives well, and cruises on the highway effortlessly,” the seller states. “It is easy to see that this car has been rebuilt and restored nicely over time, and that it is well taken care of.”
In typical mid-century style, this ’50 is dressed in the plenty of brightwork including dual spotlights, a radio antenna, rocker moldings, knock-off spinner hubcaps, and a dual exhaust system.
The dash is equally extravagant with a large push-button radio and that symbolic Plymouth sailboat emblem. The badge, incidentally, underwent revisions in the decades that followed. The Plymouth brand was eventually phased out entirely by the Chrysler Corporation in mid-2001. Today, it is only a memory, much like the Mayflower of so many years ago.
The seller is asking $37,000 for this Plymouth, which would make a fitting chariot to this year’s Thanksgiving feast.