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BobPalma
08-17-2014, 07:24 PM
Did anyone else notice the parallel fetish reported on Pages 36-39 of the new, October 2014 Hemmings Classic Car?

Therein, Greer SC Chrysler dealer Jim Benson's unusual collection of 1954 Plymouth Belvederes is shown.

In 1954, Belvedere was the top Plymouth trim level, and there were four body styles offered in the Belvedere line: convertible, 2-door hardtop, 4-door sedan, and station wagon. Jim has one of each.

What kind of weirdo would want to assemble an oddball collection like that; all four body styles of the top trim level in a given year of collector car?

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss155/BobPalma/DSCF4914_zps763eefd4.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/BobPalma/media/DSCF4914_zps763eefd4.jpg.html)

'Different strokes for different folks, I would suppose.

(I showed Jim's collection to my wife and she gently observed that his collection was a whole lot nicer than my set of -ahem- "friendly drivers." I commented that there was nothing there that my set of Daytonas and $200,000 couldn't remedy. :QQ:) BP

62champ
08-17-2014, 08:00 PM
Have often thought it would be cool to have four Champ trucks, all different as far as wheel base/beds are concerned - two 112 wheel base with one P1 bed and one P2. Then another pair with 122 wheel base and a single P1 and P2 bed...now all being the same color - not going to get that specific - they don't even have to be the same year...

BobPalma
08-17-2014, 08:23 PM
Go for it, Patrick; they don't have to be perfect, and that would be a unique collection. :!: BP

tbredehoft
08-17-2014, 09:20 PM
four body styles

They are all white, too.

63t-cab
08-17-2014, 09:26 PM
This picture is just so WHITE and PURE,as if from ABOVE :D

Did anyone else notice the parallel fetish reported on Pages 36-39 of the new, October 2014 Hemmings Classic Car?

Therein, Greer SC Chrysler dealer Jim Benson's unusual collection of 1954 Plymouth Belvederes is shown.

In 1954, Belvedere was the top Plymouth trim level, and there were four body styles offered in the Belvedere line: convertible, 2-door hardtop, 4-door sedan, and station wagon. Jim has one of each.

What kind of weirdo would want to assemble an oddball collection like that; all four body styles of the top trim level in a given year of collector car?

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss155/BobPalma/DSCF4914_zps763eefd4.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/BobPalma/media/DSCF4914_zps763eefd4.jpg.html)

'Different strokes for different folks, I would suppose.

(I showed Jim's collection to my wife and she gently observed that his collection was a whole lot nicer than my set of -ahem- "friendly drivers." I commented that there was nothing there that my set of Daytonas and $200,000 couldn't remedy. :QQ:) BP

RadioRoy
08-17-2014, 10:24 PM
I once planned to get one of every body style of 50 Commander. I actually had a starlight coupe and a convertible concurrently. Too many other cars and too little time/money squashed that dream.

BobPalma
08-18-2014, 07:29 AM
This picture is just so WHITE and PURE,as if from ABOVE :D

:o Joe, that's why the coined the term, "20-footer." ;) BP

63t-cab
08-18-2014, 08:09 AM
Still maintaining My position Bob :!:

:o Joe, that's why the coined the term, "20-footer." ;) BP

tbredehoft
08-18-2014, 10:05 AM
Bob, you didn't use 1954 on purpose, did you?


Jim Benson's unusual collection of 1954 Plymouth Belvederes is shown.

Those are not 1954 anythings.

Stude-Dude
08-18-2014, 11:50 AM
Bob, you didn't use 1954 on purpose, did you?



Those are not 1954 anythings. [/B]


Agreed, I thought I was going to have to point it out until I kept reading through the thread...

Roscomacaw
08-18-2014, 02:29 PM
At least the Studes are exciting to look at! The Belvederes would incite a yawn-fest! And Bob - how's about staring that same foursome after a fresh snowfall?

StudeRich
08-18-2014, 02:57 PM
I haven't seen it, but I doubt Mr. Benson would be crazy enough to collect 4 all the same COLOR, WHO would do that? :lol:

Nox
08-18-2014, 04:07 PM
Strangely I've had 2 -54 Plymouth's at different times & both happened to be 4-door Savoy's & that's the only 50's Plymouth's I've had, the rest have been Chrysler's &... STUDEBAKER!!!
How many Studebaker's?
Eh... one, my Josephine.

studelark
08-18-2014, 05:02 PM
[QUOTE=Roscomacaw; At least the Studes are exciting to look at! The Belvederes would incite a yawn-fest! And Bob - how's about staring that same foursome after a fresh snowfall?[/QUOTE]

Roscomacaw, please don't be too hard on the '54 Plymouths! I owned one of the most odd-ball '54 Plymouths built- a Plaza station wagon, dark green inside and out with optional full tinted glass, and the new Powerflite transmission option. So plain-jane, it hurt. But, it was a durable, take-a-lot of punishment, vehicle and as a wagon, served as a pickup truck at times. Agreed, not a looker, but tough as nails.

Frank Drumheller
Locust Grove, VA
60S-W6
M16-52 '48 Boyer-bodied fire truck

Roscomacaw
08-19-2014, 03:46 PM
Frank, I've owned several Mopar low end products that I still think fondly of. As you say: Tough as nails!

Bob Bryant
08-19-2014, 08:23 PM
My favorite MOPAR was a '55 Plymouth Belvedere cnvt. w/std & OD, elec. windows, and elec seat. It was red w/black top & side panel. I sold it when I bought a new 1960 VW and got married.

Last night one of nicest rods I have seen appeared at Ocean Beach. The body was a '55 Plymouth 2 dr. Engine was a 440 Magnum. It was beige and had Roadrunner decals on the rear fenders.. 440 on the front fenders. Very nicely done. Sorry, but I forgot my camera.

My Avanti and a friend's gorgeous black 1957 Golden Hawk represented Studebaker.

Deaf Mute
08-19-2014, 08:50 PM
Bob... sounds like your next column has it's start... in your own garage!

Stude-Dude
08-20-2014, 06:52 AM
There are several Mopar models I'm quite fond of.
I wouldn't place them higher than a few Stude models.
But each have their own merits.

It's like a parent with six "kids".
The parent "loves" the '56 Sky Hawk just as much as the parent "loves" the '56 Custom Royal Lancer or the '56 DeSoto Adventurer.
Yeah, I suppose things get a little rough on the parent when son Belvedere throws on a red dress and starts calling himself "Christine".
But let's just hope it's a "phase" and not disown the boy just yet, lol.