Highlights

  • One-off design by Virgil Exner
  • First V-8 engine in a Plymouth automobile
  • 1954 Chicago Auto Show and New York Autorama show car
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This beautifully designed one-off concept car was designed by Chrysler Corporation, under the direction of Virgil Exner, for the 1954 Chicago Auto Show and New York Autorama Shows. The body was built for Chrysler by Briggs Manufacturing Company on the Plymouth 114-inch wheelbase chassis and was the first Plymouth to carry a body constructed of fiberglass, and the first Plymouth fitted with a V-8 engine. It carries its original Dodge Poly-Head V-8 with serial number is P27-1014 and is backed with its original Hy-Drive semi-automatic transmission.

The Belmont made its public debut sitting atop a rotating platform at the 1954 Chicago Auto Show surrounded by Plymouth’s other 1954 offerings. Following its appearances on the 1954 auto show circuit, the Belmont made its film debut in the 1954 motion picture Bundle of Joy, starring Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and in 1957, Blake Edward’s film, Mister Cory starring Tony Curtis.

Exceptionally restored by Mike Fennel Restorations, The Belmont has been shown at some of the finest and most prestigious concours in the United States and has won many, many awards over the years. In most recent years it has been shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Blackhawk Collection, Imperial Palace Auto Collection and Ele Chesney Collection.

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This vehicle will be offered as part of the Mecum Gallery Exposition—an exposition sale that will be held separate from, but in conjunction with, Mecum Kissimmee 2020. The vehicle will be on-site at the Kissimmee auction for inspection and purchase for the duration of the event, Jan. 2-12, and purchase arrangements can be made directly with on-site representatives of the Mecum Gallery Exposition, or by contacting Mecum representative Rob Williams by phone or text at (262) 236-7705 or by email at rwilliams@mecum.com.

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