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1949 Plymouth Suburban


1949 Plymouth Suburban
1949 Plymouth Suburban

You read that headline correctly. Our Pick of the Day is a 1949 Plymouth Suburban. Not a Chevy Suburban. Not a GMC Suburban. Not a Studebaker Suburban. Not a Nash Suburban. Not even a DeSoto Suburban. But a Plymouth Suburban.

The Suburban is best-known as Chevrolet’s full-size sport utility vehicle. However, the Suburban nomenclature has been used by various automakers on haulers based on car or truck underpinnings. In Plymouth’s case, as early as the 1936 model year there was a Suburban verison in the company’s “commercial sedan” lineup.

Advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com is this 1949 Plymouth Suburban station wagon, a “well taken care of” two-door wagon which the seller, a classic car dealership in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, says has only 44,000 miles on its odometer and comes with a set of nostalgic travel stickers on the windows above its rear quarter panels.

According to The Standard Catalog of American Cars, Plymouth’s Suburban wagon was based on the company’s new post-war Deluxe chassis (P-17), which had a 111-inch wheelbase. Propulsion was via a 217cid inline six with 97 horsepower, thanks to a new intake manifold and cylinder head design that raised compression to 7.0:1, as well as a fuel pump of larger capacity.

The seller notes that the engine also was equipped with a larger starter motor, resistor spark plugs and weather-proofed ignition system for better cold or wet weather operation.

The seller of this Suburban, which is presented in high-gloss Mexican Red paint, says it is equipped with heater/defroster, rear fender skirts, AM factory radio, dual bench seating, and with factory wheel covers and “newer” whitewall tires.

The seller notes “minimum patina” on the body with “nice chrome and bright work with good fit and trim.”

The interior, the ad notes, has folding seats that provide “plenty of utility use” while also accommodating people. The ad also notes that one of the features of the Suburban was the mounting of the spare tire under the rear floor instead of inside the cabin.

Optional equipment on this wagon, according to the ad, includes two sun visors, dual horns, front bumper guards, rear-seat armrests, dome light and nine-leaf rear springs.

This Suburban, it reports, is “a truly fine example all freshened and gone through… ready for its’ next road trip.”

The asking price is $24,975.

To view this car on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Is this the same Larry Edsal from Jackson Citizen Patriot? Anyway my dad had a I believe a 51′ Suburban. My brother and I drove that car into the ground. Was a very durable vehicle. We learned quite a bit about keeping these on the road. Excellent vehicle with it’s 6 cylinder engine. Especially for a couple of teenagers. No car of our own as kids of today have.

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