1955 Plymouth SavoyS


We've seen 61 of Alameda's street-parked cars so far in this series, but only seven have been from the 1950s. Since I have a fair number of Alameda cars from that decade already photographed, it's time to break one out. This '55 Plymouth lives in the East End, a block or so from the '72 El Camino we saw earlier in the month, and I'd been meaning to shoot some photos of it for quite some time.

1955 Plymouth SavoyS


Most Americans think of the shoebox Chevy, or maybe the Thunderbird, when they think of cars from 1955. But Chrysler was making some interesting cars that year, too, though you don't see quite so many of them around these days.

1955 Plymouth SavoyS


The Savoy was Plymouth's mid-priced car for '55; the name was put on several different types of Plymouth until finally being discontinued after 1965.

1955 Plymouth SavoyS


Other than some seriously bent-up rear sheetmetal, this Savoy is in pretty solid condition.

1955 Plymouth SavoyS


It's not clear to me what this hood ornament is supposed to represent. A boat? Any ideas, Mopar fans?

1955 Plymouth SavoyS


The standard engine for the '55 Savoy was a 230-cube flathead six, which is most likely what's in this no-frills example. If you wanted eight cylinders and heads-full-o-valves, you could opt for the (non-Hemi) 241 or 260 V8s, which produced 157 and 177 horsepower, respectively.

1955 Plymouth SavoyS


A car with fins like this really needs a 392, preferably with a really lumpy cam and multiple carburetors.

1955 Plymouth SavoyS


Of course, you'd want to retrofit the in-dash phonograph option from 1956 into this car, so you could play scratchy 45s while driving.

1955 Plymouth SavoyS


The unadorned lines on this car look pretty good, though maybe some color other than Swimming Pool Blue might improve the appearance. Hey, no rust!

1955 Plymouth SavoyS

Sad to think that Plymouth has joined Oldsmobile in the Recently Defunct Marque Graveyard.