The 1954 Explorer dream car is the rarest Plymouth in the world


The Petersen Automobile Museum, based in Los Angeles, California, is home to some of the rarest classic and collectible cars in the world. Every so often the museum shows us up close one of the cars it houses in the Vault, a museum space presented by Hagerty that houses over 250 iconic and rare cars.

In a recent Petersen video, museum curator Leslie Kendall presents the rarest Plymouth in the world: a one-of-a-kind 1954 Plymouth Explorer dream car.

In the 1950s, concept cars were coined as dream cars. Designers of the time were encouraged to dream and think outside the box to create unique vehicles, and this Plymouth Explorer is a prime example of a dream car.

“This car was as unconventional as it could get in the mid-1950s,” Kendall says in the video. “It was a Plymouth, renowned for its solid reliability and reliability and its simple machinery, but it wears probably the sexiest body a Plymouth has ever had.”

The bodywork of the Plymouth was done by Carrozeria Ghia of Turin, Italy, in collaboration with Chrysler stylists. The Italian influence is found in the car’s deep headlights, crowned fenders that run along the front of the car, and a very large and unusual grille.

1954 Plymouth Explorer Dream Car

1954 Plymouth Explorer Dream Car

1954 Plymouth Explorer Dream Car

1954 Plymouth Explorer Dream Car

This car, as Kendall says, hasn’t lived a glamorous life, however, which seems typical of these one-off dream cars:

“Once they leave the hands of the first influential owners or where factories spent so much money getting them built, they sometimes ended up as daily drivers.”

This Plymouth has been painted several times throughout its history and was a metallic brown when it was discovered. It was also equipped with a full-length front bumper and grille with an all-metal frame that made the car look like an ’80s Jaguar, according to Kendall.

During the restoration of the car, the bumper and grille were removed and it was restored to its original green color.

Under the hood is a 230cid “Plain Jane” six-cylinder flathead engine with an output of 103 horsepower.

1954 Plymouth Explorer Dream Car

1954 Plymouth Explorer Dream Car

“Not very sexy under the hood, but that wasn’t exactly what these cars were about,” says Kendall. “These machines were used to give birth to dreams; they aimed to get the general public interested in what car manufacturers are doing. “

An interesting feature is that the two tailpipes incorporated under the taillights make it appear that they provide a “form of thrust for the car,” adds Kendall.

The funny fact is that only one of the exhaust pipes is functional. The only door you will see the drain come out of is the left pipe.

1954 Plymouth Explorer Dream Car

1954 Plymouth Explorer Dream Car

“If you were to try to build this body on an assembly line, it would be extremely difficult. There’s a lot of things that can’t be recreated by a machine and this machine exemplifies that, ”says Kendall, concluding the video.

“Its organic form may have only originated by hand in a small shop.”

This article, written by Racheal Colbert, was originally posted on, an editorial partner of Motor Authority.


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