1935 Plymouth PJ
The United States may still have been suffering the effects of the Great Depression in 1935, but that challenging economic setting only motivated the automakers to improve their offerings, rather than coasting on previous successes. While each of the low-priced Big Three automakers updated their 1935 models, it could be said that Plymouth made the most extensive changes, and arguably had the freshest and most contemporary-looking car in the $400-$700 (roughly equivalent to today's $7,170-$12,545) price range.
A rodded and totally modernized Plymouth PJ with plenty of upgrades and conveniences, a new engine, and some shaving of original extras, and a frenching of the rear, wrapped in Sunkist Orange this Deluxe Plymouth (Code Named PJ) is a goer and a shower.
While styling is a matter of taste, few would argue that this Plymouth has delightful details, starting with its artful, Streamline Moderne hood vents, and its Airflow-inspired body. Large 5 windows with less pillar giver the car a lighter appearance than its competitors of the time. With hand painted flourish pin striping now replacing the Mayflower mascot on the radiator, and curved fenders like a 30's girls gams, and Boyd Coddington BC1 wheels wrapped in Goodrich T/A's, visually you can't look away. 2 Vertical oval taillights have been drenched into the fenders, and more nourish pin striping is seen on the trunk lid. Down below dual horizontal rectangular chromed exhaust tips peek out from the center.
More orange in the form of a canvas door panel with an inset tan leather boomerang pattern in the center which houses a billet style aluminum door pull. An orange broadcloth headliner is seen above dual leather power buckets. We also note power windows, air conditioning, electric doors and trunk release, tinted glass and a power antenna. The dash is orange and has a tan leather gauge cluster in front of a rally billet style steering wheel. An AM/FM/CD player is noted, and an adjustable steering wheel column is installed. Dark tan carpeting covers the floor. A small orange cloth covered speaker box is behind the buckets. Also, the trunk has been well sorted with an orange embossed Pentastar logo panel which covers the battery, tan leather on the floor and side panels also in tan leather with orange panels.
A small block Chevy 327ci V8 Circa 1962-1967 has 2 bolt main caps. A single 4-barrel Edelbrock carburetor feeds the mill, and a 3-speed automatic transmission is on back. A Ford 7.5-inch rear with a 3.23 ratio is seen.
No rust surface or otherwise can be seen on nicely patina surfaces. Thunderbird provides the rack and pinion steering, power front disc brakes and power rear drum brakes are duly noted.
This car started effortlessly, drove smoothly and has some good pickup. I was impressed with all the added conveniences, and very comfortable seats in beautiful leather. A nice sound system, and a throaty exhaust give this orange rod class.
Bought from an 82 year old man in North Carolina, our current consigner made sure she's all buttoned up, and working just perfectly. And she is giving me an orange crush.