Plymouth Tail Fins

Plymouth Tail Fins – Plymouth was Chrysler Corporation’s low price brand of automobiles. They competed directly with Chevrolet and Ford and was number three American automobile manufacturer behind those two. Plymouths were known as being solid and reliable with more leg room than Chevy and Ford.


1954 Plymouth Tail Fins
1954 Plymouth Tail Fins

It wasn’t until the 1954 model year that Plymouth finally got tailfins. They were only small chrome fins siting on top of all Belvedere rear fender. Also new for 1954 was Plymouths first automatic transmission, a larger six cylinder engine and new model names.


1955 Plymouth Tail Fins
1955 Plymouth Tail Fins

Of all the Chrysler Corporation makes, the 1955 Plymouth had the greatest restyling with its totally modern look. Also new was Plymouths 2 new V-8 engines. The Belvedere was still the top of the line and sport coupe was priced at $2217.00. Plymouth sold 401,075 units in 1955.


1956 Plymouth Tail Fins
1956 Plymouth Tail Fins

Plymouth built their 1956 models with taller tailfins. In 1956 Plymouth introduced its new Fury that was equipped with a 303 cubic inch 240 horsepower V-8 engine. The Fury name stayed with Plymouth until the 1990s.


1957 Plymouth Tail Fins
1957 Plymouth Tail Fins

One 1957 Plymouth advertisement claimed – “Suddenly, Its 1960” and in brillant moment, Plymouth leaps three years ahead. All Chrysler Corporation automobiles received a major futuristic look for 1957. However, it wasn’t expected on the low priced Plymouth. Tall tailfins were the norm for all automobiles in 1957.



1958 Plymouth Tail Fins
1958 Plymouth Tail Fins

Very few restyling changes appeared on the 1958 Plymouth. In 1958 almost 250,000 Plymouths were produced. Almost as many as Chrysler, De Soto, Dodge and Imperial combined. The most popular Plymouth was the $2305 Savoy and not because of the tall tailfins.


1959 Plymouth Tail Fins
1959 Plymouth Tail Fins

Major changes occored at Plymouth once again in 1959. The biggest change happened with tailfin more than with the grille and side trim. Unusual options included a curve windshield, swivel bucket seats and a fake spare tire on the trunk on some hi end models.


1960 Plymouth Tail Fins
1960 Plymouth Tail Fins

Plymouth produced gaudy tailfins models for 1960. They included the Belvedere, Fury, Savory and a Suburban. In 1961 Chrysler Corporation designer Virgil Exner drastically restyled the Plymouth and it did not include tailfins.