1938 Plymouth Woodie
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1938-42 Plymouth Station Wagons

1938
P6 Chassis
Weight:
?
Prod. Total:
555
Factory Price:
$880
Number known to exist: ?
GENERAL:
1938 was another year of big change in the Plymouth wagons. The body moved back to the passenger car chassis and the wheelbase shrunk to 112". Production fell slightly to 555 units, not bad considering that the Recession of '38 sliced Plymouth production by nearly 50 percent. And in light of the price hike to $880 per unit.
The spare tire, which had normally ridden in the front fenders, was now mounted on the tailgate. Side mount fenders on the passenger car line had ceased with production in 1936. With the one year ride on the truck chassis the tire had to move when the body returned to the passenger car line. The wagon now rode on the deluxe P6 chassis.
1938
38 Plymouth

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1939
P7 & P8 Chassis
Weight:
?
Prod. Total:
1,777
Factory Price:
$970
Number known to exist: ?
GENERAL:
Wagon production leaped in 1939 despite a price hike (the rest of the Plymouth lineup saw a price reduction in '39). The Westchester commanded a whooping $970 when equipped with glass windows all around ($940 for the side curtain version). 1,680 were built on the Deluxe P8 chassis while another 97 were assembled for export sales on the P7 Roadking chassis. Throughout the year, the wagon saw a great deal of advertising, often in combination with the convertible coupe and convertible sedan models as the "New Plymouth Sportsman." Sportsman was a name used only by the advertising agencies--it never appeared on the cars themselves. The spare tire again returned to the front fenders on both the station wagon and the sedan delivery models. Wheelbase was 114".


1935
1939 Plymouth

1939
39 Plymouth ad

1940
P9 & P10 Chassis
Weight:
?
Prod. Total:
3,206
Factory Price:
$970
Number known to exist: ?
GENERAL:
The wheelbase increased to 117" with the 1940 P10 Deluxe models while the price remained the same as '39. Production totaled 3,126 units on the P10 chassis with another 80 built again for export on the P9 Roadking chassis. This year the spare tire found a home on the inside, mounted in the center of the front seat back, while glass windows became standard equipment. As in years past the wagon had three seats, with the two rear sets removable. One set of seats was narrower than the other, allowing for an aisle along the right side of the vehicle for rear most seat passengers to gain access to their seat--however the seat mountings allowed either seat to be interchanged.


1940
1940 Plymouth


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1940 Ad


1941
P11 & P12 Chassis
Weight:
?
Prod. Total:
5,811
Factory Price:
$1,031
Number known to exist: ?
GENERAL:
A major change came with the wagon offerings of 1941. For the first time the buyer had his choice of finishes to be applied to the outer wood work. The frame was made of white ash but the wood work panels could be finished in either white maple or Honduras mahogany. The base price was up slightly at $1,031 each. Perhaps the impending war clouds in Europe aided sales--or the economy's upswing or both--wagon sales increased to 5,594 units on the Deluxe P12 chassis with an additional 217 mounted on the P11 chassis.


1941
1941 Plymouth


1942
P12 Chassis
Weight:
?
Prod. Total:
1,136
Factory Price:
$1,145
Number known to exist: ?
GENERAL:
The war-shortened 1942 model year saw only 1,136 wagons built at a price tag of $1,145. The buyer again had his choice of wood finish and this year a full length piece of chrome trim adorned the body. The wheelbase remained at 117"--it would stay at that figure until the end of P15 production after the war's end and the "warmed over" post-war models through 1948.

1941
1942 Plymouth


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