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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

One-off Plymouth Belmont concept

The 1950s became an era in which various automotive manufacturers, especially from the United States (US), wanted to move on to a bolder new future after the Second World War, where they then produced a variety of unique and fantastic concept cars.
1953 Plymouth Belmont. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2L8AAif)
One of the US automotive manufacturers including Chrysler, created a Plymouth Belmont dream concept car in 1954, with the body design and features that were classified as sophisticated in its time.

With fiberglass body and built on a standard Plymouth chassis, Belmont could actually be a Chrysler mainstay product to rival the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Thunderbird, if only this concept was approved for production.
Interior view of 1953 Plymouth Belmont. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2L8AAif)
Unfortunately, management did not allow the production of Plymouth Belmont, and eventually, this concept became the only unit - and a complete prototype - ever built. Fortunately, even though many previous Plymouth concept cars were destroyed, Belmont was 'rescued' by Virgil Exner (Chrysler's Vice President of Design in that era), who took him home and took care of it.
Engine view of 1953 Plymouth Belmont. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2L8AAif)
About 60 years later, the Plymouth Belmont Concept is still in very well maintained condition. The car has been auctioned by Barrett-Jackson in early 2018 and was sold at $1,320,000. 
The car is equipped with its original 4.0-liter V8 engine, which can produce power of 157 horsepower and mated with a three-speed automatic transmission system.
1953 Plymouth Belmont. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2L8AAif)
The Plymouth Belmont Concept is one of around 1,000 classic the Belmont was highly publicized and well-received by the public at the various major automobile shows at which it was displayed – including the 1954 New York Auto Show. Wanna see another Plymouth's concept car. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BARRET-JACKSON | DESIGNBOOM]
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