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Plymouth Station Wagon - 344
When I began to look at Dinkys this car began to
nag at my memory, and when I bought one at a toy fair and showed it to
my older sister she immediately said 'you used to have one of those'.
The more I think about it the more I remember, because it was impossible
to work out what it was. The base plate gives nothing away and even
Dinky referred to it just as 'Estate Car'. To my young mind it was very
confusing. In the late fifties & early sixties there were a number of
half-timbered estate cars around. Not just the ubiquitous Morris 1000
and the Mini Countryman, but loads of estate cars used wood. This looked
like nothing I knew.
However we now have the Internet and it was the work of a couple of minutes to discover that this is a Plymouth from probably 1948 and it is historically significant in the history of the motor car as it marked a transition. Between the wars it was not unusual to buy a car as chassis only and have a coachbuilder make the body you wanted. That is where the first estate cars, shooting brakes, station wagons etc came from. More seats than the usual two rows or more luggage space was needed so you got Wood & Picket or whoever to make the alterations. It was not surprising then that there was a lot of timber around because that is how coachbuilders had been making carriages & coaches for generations.
This car marks the change as Plymouth offered it as a choice in the range. I think it was around this time that the 'Town & Country' model name was coined which is still in use today. In the States I understand a Plymouth Town and Country these days is what we in the UK know as a Chrysler Voyager, which is what I drive.