In its 70-year existence, Plymouth has made a name for itself as a manufacturer of quality cars at an affordable price. It also pushed the boundaries when it came to car design. With so many vehicles looking so much alike, Plymouth's creations clearly stand out and demand attention. Here are a couple of Plymouth's famous, eye-catching designs.
The Plymouth Valiant (1960-1976): The Daytona dominator
Described by Road & Track magazine as "one of the best-all around domestic cars," the idea for the Plymouth Valiant was for it to be both smaller and lighter than a full-size car without compromising luggage and passenger space. It was designed to be a stylish yet affordable car capable of comfortably seating a family of six and their luggage, and neither be an inch longer nor a pound heavier than it absolutely needed to be. The car had designer Virgil Exner's famous "Forward Look" style with a long, semi-fastback hood line. The body and frame, instead of being bolted together (as was common in those days), were welded together instead, giving it a rigid, rattle-free quality. For his work on the Valiant, Virgil Exner was given the 1962 Styling Award by the Society of Illustrators. Not only was the Valiant praised for its looks, it reigned supreme on the racetrack as well. At the 1960 NASCAR compact car race on the Dayton International Speedway, the Plymouth Valiant, with the innovative Hyper Pak intake manifold installed on its slant-6 engine, dominated with all seven Valiant entries taking the top seven spots.
The Plymouth Slingshot (1988): The futuristic concept car
This car would really stand out and turn heads on streets everywhere. Designed by Chrysler Motors designers and young university students, the Plymouth Slingshot had a uniquely futuristic look with an aircraft-like pivoting canopy, sliding sunroof, exposed engine and suspension system, and wheels that jut out from under the car's frame. The rear wheels, in particular, are even extended further behind the vehicle. Instead of conventional doors, the canopy swings upward to allow entry. Produced in 1988, this concept car could easily be considered decades ahead of its time.
Whether it's a domestic family car capable of dominating a race track, or a glimpse of the future on wheels, Plymouth will always be remembered for its innovative style in car design.