Plymouth Savoy

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Plymouth Savoy
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Overview
Manufacturer Chrysler Corporation
Production 1954-1964
Assembly
Body and chassis
Class Full-size car
Layout FR layout

The Plymouth Savoy is an automobile model produced from the 1954 through 1964 model years by the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation of Highland Park, Michigan.

Early History[edit]

Plymouth Savoy Wagon 1951

Plymouth used the name Savoy on several automobiles. From 1951-1953, the Savoy name was used on a station wagon, upgrading the base model Suburban. Later was a line of full-sized Plymouths from 1954-1961.

Another incarnation was among Plymouth's downsized full-size cars from 1962-1964.

As with Plymouth's Plaza and Belvedere models, the Savoy was named after an upscale hotel, the Savoy Hotel in London.

1954[edit]

First generation
1954 Plymouth Savoy.jpg
Overview
Model years 1954
Body and chassis
Body style
Related Plymouth Belvedere
Powertrain
Engine 217.8 cu in (3.6 L) I6
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 114.0 inches (2,896 mm)
Length 193.5 in (4,915 mm)[1]
Width 74.25 in (1,886 mm)
1954 Plymouth Savoy Sedan rear view

When introduced in 1954, later in the year with 1955 model paint schemes, the Savoy was Plymouth's mid-level car and priced between the base Plaza sedans and the top-line Belvedere models.

In 1954, the Savoy was available as a two-door Club Coupe, four-door sedan, and 2-door Club Sedan.[2]

1955-1956[edit]

1956 Savoy hardtop coupe
Second generation
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Overview
Model years 1955-1956
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door hardtop
4-door sedan
4-door hardtop
4-door station wagon
Powertrain
Engine 225 cu in (3.7 L) I6
270 cu in (4.4 L) V8
301 cu in (4.9 L) V8
318 cu in (5.2 L) V8
383 cu in (6.3 L) V8
361 cu in (5.9 L) V8
395 cu in (6.5 L) V8
Transmission 2-speed automatic
3-speed manual
3-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 115.0 in (2,921 mm)
Length 203.8 in (5,177 mm)[3]

In 1955, the Savoy was available with new power steering.[3]

In 1956, the line added a hardtop coupe and the Custom Suburban station wagon.

In 1956, seat belts were added for safety.[4] The Highway Hi-Fi record player was also optional.[4]

1957-1959[edit]

Third generation
1958 Plymouth Savoy 4-door f.jpg
Overview
Model years 1957-1959
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door hardtop
4-door sedan
4-door hardtop
4-door station wagon
Powertrain
Transmission 2-speed automatic
3-speed manual
3-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase station wagons: 122.0 in (3,099 mm)
all others: 118.0 in (2,997 mm)
Length 208.2"[5]
Width 78 in (1,981 mm) [5]
Height 54.6 in (1,387 mm) (4-Door Hardtop)
56.6 in (1,438 mm) (Sedan)
54.0 in (1,372 mm) (2-Door Hardtop)
54.8 in (1,392 mm) (Convertible)
1958 Savoy
1958 Savoy
1958 Savoy interior

For the 1957 and 1958 model years, the line added a four-door hardtop sedan.

In 1959, Plymouth dropped the Plaza and replaced it with the Savoy, making the Savoy the model's entry level full-size Plymouth. The two hardtop models were dropped,, as well as the side trim and interior appointments. Sales were not diminished as the Savoy became fleet vehicles used by taxicab companies. By 1960, a new model, the Plymouth Taxi Special, was spun off from the Savoy. Front leg room was 45.5".[5]

1960-1961[edit]

Fourth generation
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Overview
Model years 1960-1961
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door hardtop
4-door sedan
4-door hardtop
4-door station wagon
Powertrain
Transmission 2-speed automatic
3-speed manual
3-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 118.0 in (2,997 mm)

Plymouth models were restyled in 1960. The styling for 1961 was a year "most beholders would agree...it was hit with the ugly stick".[6] This was because of the odd chromed "lashes" on the front.

1962-1964[edit]

Fifth generation
1964 Plymouth Savoy four-door sedan.jpg
Overview
Model years 1962–1964
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
4-door wagon
Powertrain
Engine 318 cu in (5.2 L) V8
361 cu in (5.9 L) V8
383 cu in (6.3 L) V8
Transmission 3-speed manual
3-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 116.0 in (2,946 mm)
Length 202.0 in (5,131 mm) [7]

Plymouth discontinued the Savoy nameplate at the end of the 1964 model year, except in Canada, where it continued through 1965.

In 1965, the full-sized entry level Plymouth model in the U.S. was the Fury I; in Canada it was called the Savoy but the top-level models were named Fury II and Fury III.

Other markets[edit]

References[edit]

Inline
  1. ^ "1954 Plymouth foldout, specifications". oldcarbrochures.org. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "1954 Plymouth foldout, models". oldcarbrochures.org. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "1955 Plymouth prestige brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "1956 Plymouth album". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "1959 Plymouth brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Flory, J. Kelly (2004). American Cars, 1960-1972: Every Model, Year by Year. McFarland. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-7864-1273-0. 
  7. ^ "1962 Plymouth Full Size brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
General
  • Gunnell, John, ed. (1987). The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975. Krause Publications. ISBN 978-0-87341-096-0. 
  • Butler, F. Donald (1979). The Plymouth and DeSoto Story. Crestline Publishing. ISBN 978-0-912612-14-0. 
  • Motor Vehicle Data Book Sanford-Evans Communications, various issues 1955-1966

External links[edit]

Media related to Plymouth Savoy at Wikimedia Commons