Saturday, July 11, 2015

Customized Pickup: 1956 Plymouth Belvecamino

This next feature is a bit of a mystery to me, mostly because I profess little acumen when it comes to identifying 50's Plymouth products, and can't tell the difference between a Plaza, Savoy, and Belvedere without consulting my handy Spotters Guide To 50s Mopar, but what I can tell you about is custom El Camino'd '56 Plymouths.  Those, I can spot.  Here is one.  Find this 1956 Plymouth Suburban (Wagon) converted to El Camino offered for $13,900 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.

From what I can glean from a brief look at the article on the '56 Plymouths, this thing started life as a Sport Suburban 2-door model, which was a pretty basic thing, with rubber mats instead of carpet in the cargo area.

Power comes from a 277 cubic inch Hy-Fire V8 that puts out 187 horsepower and  256 ft-lbs of torque.  There was an optional "power pack" that added a 4 barrel carburetor and dual exhaust for those who wanted a little more oomph. 

This features a surprisingly well done bed area, complete with functioning tailgate and  a few coats of some kind of bedliner.  With any custom car, the devil is in the details, and this one might just have what it takes.

See another El Caminoized classic?


  1. No like fake Chevy in previous thread, but like this.

    Bonus points for being HAMB-compliant.

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  3. Conversions like this can be let down by the roof and rear window treatment. But not in this case! Very well done, my hat (or sombrero) is off to builder. The only thing I would have done differently is the seats (just a bit too modern) but that is personal, and simple to change if one chose to.

    Nice to have this right next to that ghost-flamed Chevy thing below. Same price but no comparison.

  4. Sweet! Love the dash. This conversion hangs together pretty well.....I too could do with lower seats and certainly in another color like say......... BLACK. But those are internet warrior quibbles............must stay away from b a n k withdrawal slip

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