Car of the Week - September 8th, 2011
A 4-door Plymouth may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think ‘hot rod,’ but this one certainly looks the part. And hot rodding has never been about fitting in.
Jani’s 1932 Plymouth has everything you’d expect in a traditional rod, including no bumpers, no fenders, no hood or hood sides, suicide doors, and loud exhaust. It’s fitted with a small-block Chevrolet V8, Holley carburetor with blower scoop, HEI ignition (for easier starting), custom sidepipe exhaust with cutouts, and Torq-Thrust wheels on modern rubber. All of these things give it a good hot rod look while also likely making it a reliable driver with good performance—and if it does break, parts will be really easy to find.
Recent sales have seen similar rods sell for between $25k and $30k, depending on condition and build quality. Build cost tends to be a bit higher than market value on cars like this, but for devoted owners, it isn’t about the money — investment potential usually takes a back seat to the fun the car provides.
The best part of this Plymouth? Unlike a cramped ’32 Ford Highboy, which has room for only a driver and a passenger, Jani can take three friends (or the kids) along for the ride.
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