A parking lot is a parking lot is a parking lot—unless it’s the Summit Racing parking lot. On any given day or time, the lot outside a Summit Racing store can turn into an impromptu mini car show, depending on who’s stopped by the store. Each Wednesday, we’ll share our parking lot find of the week—another benefit of being Powered by Summit Racing Equipment.

This 1947 Plymouth Special De Luxe takes us back to a unique era in automotive history—an era when the Chrysler Corporation briefly relinquished its spot among the “Big Three” automakers.

According to the folks at AllPar.com, a website dedicated to Mopars and Mopar history, Nash actually surpassed Chrysler in civilian car production as the PentaStar company honored its commitments to the U.S. government and its World War II efforts. Following the completion of the war, the Plymouth division of Chrysler reintroduced itself to the civilian population with its 1946 models. These vehicles were basically identical to the pre-war 1942 versions as civilian automobile design, engineering, and production were cut during the war to focus on vehicles for military use.

Still, demand was huge for new cars following the war, and these “new” Plymouth models helped solidify Chrysler’s standing as a member of the “Big Three.”



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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.