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The Plastic Plymouth

We recently looked at a pre-war Plymouth with a clear plastic top and we have all seen photos of the late, Frank Kleptz,  clear plastic bodied Pontiac that sold recently. But here is a Plymouth show chassis that was built entirely out of plastic with the exception of what appears to be metal internal parts in the engine and other component parts.

The occasion was the 1952 Chicago Motor Show and the press photo is dated Feb. 18, 1952. The caption reads as follows; Plymouth chassis and operating motor enclosed in plastic fascinate Myra Miller (left) and Josephine Gayton. Plastic enables visitors to see the motor running.

It appears that it was a complete chassis setup with some type of electric motor and speed-reduction gear, to rotate the internal engine parts slowly to dazzle show attendees. It looks like both Myra and Josephine were also equipped with plastic head gear and pointers. The Old Motor photo.

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4 Responses to The Plastic Plymouth

  1. Bryan says:

    Now that is just too cool.

  2. Bob Croslin says:

    Does it still exist anywhere?

  3. Robert Swartz says:

    Very cool. I have a Chrysler engineering brochure from 1953 and this plastic chassis is nowhere to be found. Also, what’s up with the strange housing for this whole thing? Appears to be some kind of (Plexi?) glass “room” with angled windows that cut in at the bottom (see lower right of the first pic.). And maybe a crude ventilation duct coming in on the right. Note the two tubular lights under the engine as well. All in all, very odd.

    Cheers, Rob’t

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