This press photo, dated Feb. 18, 1952, from the archives complete with its original press release was taken at the 1952 Chicago Auto Show. It was featured here over six years ago, but no one has been able to tell us more about it or who constructed it; we wonder if it was an in-house job at Plymouth or if was it fabricated by an outside vendor experienced with complicated one-off show displays? The chassis was made out of clear plastic with the exception of the steering wheel and some of the internal parts in the engine, and other assemblies.
The release with the photograph reads as follows: “Plymouth chassis and operating motor enclosed in clear plastic fascinate models Myra Miller (left) and Josephine Gayton. Plastic enables visitors to see the motor running”.
We believe it is likely that the internal engine and drive train components were slowly rotated by a speed-reduction gear set powered by an electric motor to dazzle show attendees. Can any of our readers tell us more about this fascinating display?