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Pick of the Day: Practical post-war Plymouth

1951 Plymouth Cambridge Club Coupe restored only as needed, seller says


Plymouth introduced its post-war car designs for the 1949 model year, and with K.T. Keller running Walter P. Chrysler’s company, practicality — efficiency and roominess — was emphasized over beauty in the new “box styling” designs. It wasn’t until 1955 that designer Vigil Exner and the Hemi V8 arrived.

Among the post-war Plymouths was the Deluxe model which, despite its name, was the basic Plymouth. The upscale version was the Special Deluxe.

Plymouth revised its model lineup for 1951 with the Concord, Cambridge and Cranbrook. Featured in each was a new dashboard and with switchgear more conveniently positioned. According to the Standard Catalog of American Cars, the mid-level Cambridge also got chair-high seats, electric windshield wipers, a higher-compression 6-cylinder engine with downdraft carburetors, Synchro-Silent gears and what Plymouth called “Safety-Flow Ride.”

The Pick of the Day is a 1951 Plymouth Cambridge Club Coupe. 

Plymouth, Pick of the Day: Practical post-war Plymouth, ClassicCars.com Journal
Plymouth, Pick of the Day: Practical post-war Plymouth, ClassicCars.com Journal

This 1951 Plymouth is probably one of the finest Cambridge models you could find,” proclaims its private seller in Elk River, Minnesota.

“Low-mileage original car that’s only been restored as needed,” the seller adds. 

“Body & sheet metal is extremely straight with no evidence of rust ever. Extreme high-quality repaint in original Luna Gray. All chrome is new & stainless has been polished. All the plastic Plymouth emblems are new old stock.”

The seller promises that the 217cid flathead 6-cylinder engine “runs whisper quiet” and that the 3-speed manual transmission “shifts well, clutch is smooth & rear axle is quiet.”

The seller adds that the original dash woodgrain is in very good condition and that a “great amount of effort was put into duplicating original style seat & door covering.”

The exterior sun visor is period-correct, the seller adds, and notes that the car rides on “Chrysler product chrome wire wheels” that have been added.

“If you want a sweet little 50’s car to go to cruise in or (for) Saturday morning coffee, you won’t find a nicer car plus you will get more attention than much more expensive cars.”

The car is offered for $24,500. To view this vehicle 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. My first car was a 1951 Plymouth Cranbrook just like the one pictured. It was Green.
    Paid $300.00 or it when i bought it on June 20, 1959. Traded it on a 1957 Chev. Conv. on Jan. 28, 1960

  2. This 1951 Plymouth Cambridge is MAGNIFICENT. I have seen it in person. The sun visor is NOS MOPAR and correct for a 51 Plymouth. The upholstery fabric and door panel fabric was sourced from SMS in in Canby, Oregon and is NOS (new old stock) also.

  3. My late father purchased a 51 Cambridge 4dr as his first car.
    The information offered has some
    problems. Surely the L-head Six only
    had ONE carburetor. A higher-
    compression head may have been
    optional, but likely NOT standard on
    any version.
    Dad got 112K out of his Cambridge,
    bringing me home from the hospital,
    before trading it for a new 57
    Belvedere 4dr.


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