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Plymouth U.S. Model Year Production Figures, 1946-2001

Plymouth hood ornamentAutomobile manufacturers maintain detailed production records because those records are essential to allocate investment capital, always a limited commodity, to maximize the rate of return. Products which are selling will receive more attention and funds, those which are not generating a return will be reduced or eliminated. What happens to the data when it is no longer current is a mystery.

Chrysler Historical Services currently provides production certificates for U.S. cars built between 1930 and 1967; GM from 1977 up; and Ford apparently has limited information available from the Benson Ford Center. These companies might have a considerably larger database than it appears; but it is also possible that a great deal of historical information has been discarded.

What the companies do not do is provide production data in response to casual public inquiries, unless the individual making the request has developed a relationship with someone within the company who has information and is willing to provide it. The time and expense of doing so for all would generate no income. Nor have they provided production data to Chrysler Historical Services, the GM Heritage Center, or the Benson Ford Center. They have provided information to commercial publishers or established authors who can assure that it will receive wide distribution. However, some of the published information is inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading without qualifying information which is not included.

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We are somewhat more fortunate with Chrysler than we are with the other two companies in that certain factory records cited in the sources at the end of the tables have survived, at least for the cars built between 1926 and 1957 in the U.S., and between 1926 and 1966 in Canada. Dodge Brothers records begin with 1914 in the U.S., 1928 in Canada.

Plymouth sailing shipTo build these tables, I examined all of the sources of information on each make and model, and tried to determine the most accurate figure for that make and model. Data which had to be estimated is shown in italics.

Between 1930 and 1959, Chrysler used an alphanumeric serial number prefix for each make: P for Plymouth, D for Dodge, S for Desoto, SP for Plymouth-based Desoto, C for Chrysler and Imperial. These started at “PA”, “DA”, and, later, P1 and up, D1 and up. Because these series designations are usually cited for the older models, I have included them in the tables, until, towards the mid-1950s, they became cumbersome [and largely unnecessary, with the introduction of modern name].

These tables should not in any way be considered to be definitive or fully accurate. They are the best I could do with the information which I was able to uncover. I would welcome correspondence with anyone who is interested in this material and can correct any errors or misinformation on my part.

— Gerard Wilson, April 2013

Also see Allpar’s pages on the assembly plants, and our complete list of Plymouth car articles.

1946-1952

 1946194719481949195019511952Total
P15 Deluxe,
Special Deluxe
243,333346,216419,5871,009,136
P17 Deluxe 59,028  
P19 Deluxe 115,191   
P22 Concord 91,41044,302309,931
P18 Deluxe,
Special Deluxe
 441,951  
P20 Deluxe,
Special Deluxe
 469,233   
P23 Cranbrook, Cambridge 503,771324,3521,739,303
Total Production243,333346,216419,587500,979584,424595,181368,854 

Notes:

1952-1956

Plymouth US 1

1962-1970

P-US-2

Notes:

1971-78

P-US-3

1979-1986

1982-1987

Notes:

1987-1994

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1995-2001

 1995199619971998199920002001Total
A Acclaim12,324    185,245
T Grand Voyager van58,533    371,323
PL Neon188,447104,48284,25488,43224,509  465,615
JA Breeze 50,73678,23675,47957,08315,609 204,451
NS Voyager van 34,99226,29826,69323,7775,395 87,983
NS Grand Voyager van 43,23528,25035,14630,8816,866 106,631
Prowler roadster  463 3,9152,7413,148463
PL Neon (2nd gen)     92,20138,640130,841
Total Production259,304233,445217,501225,750140,075122,81841,788 

Notes:

Sources

Also used in the compilation of this tables were articles about Plymouth posted to Allpar. See Allpar’s pages on the assembly plants, and our complete list of Plymouth car articles.

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