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1954 Plymouth Explorer

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Like a majority of other Chrysler Corporation “dream cars” of the period, the sporty Plymouth Explorer was bodied by Carrozzeria Ghia in Turin, Italy. Its hand-formed coachwork was distinguished by carefully sculpted contours and accentuated by horizontal spears on the sides that were painted white to contrast with the striking metallic green body color. Interior features included leather upholstery, fitted luggage and concealed radio controls.

A 114-inch wheelbase Plymouth chassis that stood a mere 54-inches tall, the Plymouth Explorer was powered by a 230 cubic-inch Plymouth L-head (flathead) six-cylinder engine that pumped out a modest 110 horsepower. A Plymouth semi-automatic transmission completed the powertrain combination.

Debuting in the May 1954 Motor Trend magazine, the Explorer was also discovered by Joe Bortz in the late 1980’s. Located in Sweden, Bortz bought the car and shipped it back to the United States where Bortz Auto Collection had the restoration work completed back to original status.


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