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1961 Plymouth Savoy Deluxe 2-dr Station Wagon
1961 Plymouth Savoy Deluxe 2-dr Station Wagon

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1961 Plymouth Savoy Deluxe 2-dr Station Wagon

Designer: Virgil Exner

 

Chassis Number: 2515144660

Decoded: 2=Plymouth w/6-cylinder; 5=Station Wagon; 1=1961; 5=El Segundo, Calif. Assembly plant; 44660=unit number

Engine: 440 cid OHV V8

2 X Carter AFB 4-barrel Carburetors/400 bhp (est.)

4-Speed Manual Transmission

Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

 

Odometer: 37,170 Miles

 

  • Last Influence of Exner’s Advanced Design

  • Excellent Build Quality

  • Space Age Styleline Muscle Car Performance

 

The Model: By the early 1960s, station wagons were as much a part of the American automotive landscape as SUV’s are today. They hauled everything from the kids to little league practice and groceries, from garden supplies to families going on vacation. While not originally aimed at the performance market, these cars were more at home on a suburban street rather than on a quarter mile strip. With its garish front-end design tacked on taillights that resemble rocket ships, the 1961 Plymouths called upon space-age styling. Most wagon customers were looking for four-door convenience, so the two-door versions were quietly being phased out. This Savoy was one of the last two-door full-size wagons Plymouth produced, one of just 5,503 ever built. While its early life has been lost to history, this car is poised to write a whole new novel about motoring.

 

The Car: Starting with a solid California body, the original slant-six was removed and stuffed under the hood was a ground-pounding 440 cid Big-Block V8 was placed under the hood. With performance as the goal on this build, quality and visual appeal were also included with all body work done to perfection, chrome and bright work being deep and reflective, the glass clean and clear. The interior looks pretty much factory stock, bench seat in proper vinyl and fabrics, basic AM radio and heater controls, but then there is something odd sticking out of the center of the floor. It is the control for the four-speed transmission that transfers the power under the hood to the back wheels. With those short cross-ram intakes and fuel being fed through the dual Carter carbs, this isn’t your typical grocery getter. Exhaust is channeled through cast iron headers with an MSD ignition sitting on a set of Michelin tires mounted to chrome wheels with baby Moon hubcaps, this wagon still has its original key and even registration papers. Something old, something new, all wrapped up in something blue, and very very fast.


 

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