Plymouth (automobile)

Plymouth was an automobile brand that was established in the United States and has been marketed by the Chrysler Corporation and DaimlerChrysler from 1928 to 2001.


The majority of their existence was one of the best-selling Plymouth U.S. automotive brands and was equated with Chevrolet and Ford ( " The Three cheap "). Plymouth surpassed as the second largest automobile manufacturer in the United States during the 1940s, even Ford 's cars Plymouth were known for their durability, affordability and advanced technology.

In the early 1960s Plymouth was soon out market share. While the brand from 1957 to 1958 was a role model in terms of design, the models reported from 1959 to 1962 a rather getting used to the style, who could not score points with the public.

As of 1960, Plymouth was also in competition with its sister company Dodge, as this presented the cheap Dodge Dart. For the rest of the decade Plymouth was first displaced by Rambler, and then Pontiac from third on the best-selling U.S. car brands.

1965, the Group gained market share partially what to Plymouth moved again intensified complete and above all the "mainstream" to produce customized models. With the new "Compact Models " Plymouth Valiant and Plymouth Duster Plymouth in 1971 and 1974 again achieved the third best sales in the U.S.. Finally Plymouth decreased the production, so there is no " full-line " production was more. So up to the late 1990s, only four vehicles were sold under the Plymouth label: The Vans Voyager and Grand Voyager, the Breeze mid-size sedan, the Neon compact car, and the Prowler sports car. New models were added to the Dodge and Chrysler brands increasingly denied and Plymouth. 1979 was the establishment mainly only of the domestically produced Volare and Horizon models and a number of Mitsubishi imports.

After setting the Eagle brand in 1998 Chrysler was planning to expand the Plymouth line with a number of unique models before the merger with Daimler -Benz AG. The first model was the Plymouth Prowler, followed by the PT Cruiser. Both models had a similar grill and showed that Chrysler intended to revive the retro design with the Plymouth brand. Apart from the Plymouth Prowler had at the time of the merger of Chrysler and Daimler -Benz, however, no unique products that were not available in the Dodge line. Since the Plymouth dealer next to the Plymouth models including cars from Chrysler sold as many Dodge dealers were geared solely to the sale of Dodge cars, it seemed expensive to cease production of Dodge, as to part of Plymouth. Consequently, DaimlerChrysler decided to leave the brand to fall after a limited run of the 2001 models. The last new model sold under the Plymouth label, was the second generation of the Neon in 2000 and 2001. The PT Cruiser was ultimately sold as a Chrysler, as well as the Prowler and Voyager.

Movie buffs is known a Plymouth model from John Carpenter film Christine ( based on a novel by Stephen King). This is a Fury, model 1958, in red livery with white roof. However, the similar sister model Belvedere was from procurement reasons for the shooting predominantly used.

A 1957 Plymouth Belvedere, has been carefully preserved, on 15 June 1957 in the city of Tulsa / Oklahoma as a kind of time capsule in a brick-lined pit sunk in front of the courthouse, which was then sealed to posterity an impression of that time. When the pit was opened exactly 50 years later, they found the car rots before: Over the years water had penetrated.

Plymouth models

Plymouth Timeline

  • Based on the model developed by Chrysler Europe Talbot / Simca Horizon
  • Rebadged Mitsubishi
  • Based on a model of the Rootes Group

Plymouth Business Coupe ( 1948)

Plymouth Savoy (1956 )

Plymouth Belvedere ( 1957)

Plymouth Barracuda (1966 )

Plymouth GTX ( 1970)

Plymouth Valiant Swedish police car (1974 )

Plymouth Reliant (1987 )