” This extremely slick Plymouth Special Deluxe is one of those cars that takes a lot of time to truly appreciate. Sure, at first glance, it appears to be a mild but nicely done custom with some of the usual tricks you’d find in a hot rodding 101 book. But then, when you take a closer look, you see things like traditional trim, restored assembly line pieces and an original flathead engine that wears a bunch of period-correct speed equipment. That’s about the time that you’ll catch yourself saying “Yeah, this thing IS cool.” But hey, why stop there? Next thing you know you’re glancing inside the car to savor its exceptionally well-executed, yet understated, interior. Then, you’re taking a look under the car and noticing all the hand-fabrication that went into just its exhaust system, never mind its other components. And, after about 45 minutes, it occurs to you that you’re standing next to a ‘mild custom’ which absolutely blows you away via class and seductive details!
As I’ve mentioned numerous times, the best customs are that those seamlessly blur the line between what’s original and what’s been modified. And since this Plymouth muddies that line so well, you’d probably need to park it beside a factory fresh car to fully appreciate all of its subtle nuances. That said, some of the big changes are easy to spot including shaved door handles, frenched LED tail lights, a slightly modified hood, a heavily re-sculpted grille and a power radio antenna that’s been recessed into one of the quarters. The car’s Medium Blue Pearl paint is a mile-deep urethane that has enough sparkle to power a small city, although the harsh lights of our studio come nowhere near doing it justice. In true ‘best custom’ fashion, final assembly is vastly more precise than factory work and, as a result, all doors fit exactly, hood shut lines are even, and the car’s deck lid is flush. And since this awesome Plymouth, which was a super-clean show-winning original before its latest transformation, has already won first place at the 2009 Detroit AutoRama, you can rest assured it’s 100% worthy of the phrase ‘best custom’. ”
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