June 29, 2020
Not everyone needed a back seat back when this 1949 Plymouth DeLuxe three-passenger coupe was on sale (this one seems to be wearing a “Special DeLuxe” fender badge. We couldn’t find a listing for a Special DeLuxe three-passenger coupe in any of Plymouth’s 1949 literature). Rather than just remove the rear seat, as was done in many business coupes of the day, Plymouth designers decided to shrink the whole passenger area down to the size of the front seating area, including a more closed-in roof. Another feature which set the 3-pass coupe apart from other Plymouth sedans was the rear fender/taillight design. The sedans in the lineup all featured taillights that were freestanding units which sat atop the rear fenders, while this car’s lights are flush against the rear panel on either side of the trunk lid (bottom photos). This black coupe was seen back in 2014 at the Antique Automobile Club of America car show at UB’s north campus in Amherst.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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