NS Petersen Automotive MuseumLocated in Los Angeles, California, is home to the rarest classic and collector’s cars from around the world. Museums often take a closer look at one of the cars housed in the vault.

This is the space presented by Hagati to accommodate more than 250 iconic and unusual cars in the museum.

In a recent video from Petersen Museum curator Leslie Kendall The world’s rarest Plymouth – Introducing one Plymouth Explorer Dream Car in 1954.

In the 1950s, concept cars were built as dream cars. Designers at the time were encouraged to dream and think about creating their own vehicles in creative ways. This Plymouth Explorer is a great example of a dream car.

“This car was almost as ready to use as it was available in the mid-1950s,” Kendall said in a video. “It was Plymouth, famous for its solid reliability and reliability, and its simple machine, but it probably wears the sexiest body Plymouth has ever had.”

Plymouth bodywork was done by Carrozzeria Ghia in Turin, Italy, in collaboration with Chrysler stylists. The Italian influence is seen in the deep set headlights of the car, the crown fenders that run along the length of the front of the car, and the very large and unusual grille.

1954 Plymouth Explorer Dream Car

As Kendal says, this car didn’t live a fascinating life, but it seems to be typical of these one-off dream cars.

“They sometimes became daily drivers when they got out of the hands of the first influential owners or when the factories spent a lot of money building them.”

This Plymouth has been painted many times in its history and was metallic brown when it was discovered. According to Kendal, it also had a full-length front bumper and a full-metal surround grille, which made it look like a 1980s Jaguar.

During the car repair, the bumper and grill were removed and returned to their original green color.

Below the hood is the 103 horsepower “Plain Jane” 230cid 6-cylinder flathead engine plant.

“It’s not very sexy under the hood, but that’s not what these cars really were,” says Kendall. “These cars were the spark of dreams. They were about getting the public interested in what automakers are doing.”

An interesting feature is that the two exhaust pipes embedded under the taillights appear to provide a “shape of the thrust of the car,” Kendall adds.

The interesting fact is that only one of the exhaust pipes is working. The only port where you can see the exhaust coming from is the pipe on the left.


“Trying to build this body on the assembly line can be very difficult. There are many things that machines can’t reproduce, and this car demonstrates that,” Kendal concludes the video.

“The organic form would have only been created by hand in a small store.”

This article, written by Racheal Colbert, Originally published on ClassicCars.com, Motor Authority editorial partner.

 

 

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