Sunday, February 14, 2016

Did Run When Parked: 1955 Powell Truck

Another St. Valentine's day special:  Back in 1930s the Powell brothers (Hayward and Channing) were producing motorized scooters, but after the war they tooled up a pickup truck. The Powell truck was assembled in Southern California and rode on rebuilt '40/'41 Plymouth sedan chassis with six cylinder Mopar engines.  Find this 1955 Powell Truck (#1514) offered for $6,500 in Vallejo, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Safety Fast.

The Powell brothers produced a little over 1000 trucks, and this exact car was on the Powell registry (located in Vacaville, CA as of 2014) as one of the few remaining identified trucks still around.  You might notice that the hood and roof are rusting, but the fiberglass nose piece has no iron to oxidize -- and, yes that piece of wood as a front bumper is OE.

Under the hood is what appears to be the original 1941 Plymouth inline-6 mated to a 3-speed manual transmission.  The 3.3 liter flathead six is good for 81 horsepower and 161 ft-lbs of torque, and fixing issues will be as easy as finding your local classic Plymouth experts.  This one is going to need new interior pieces and a major restoration before it gets back on the road.

See another rare classic?


  1. ~ Awhhh... where are the fishing pole drawers?

  2. So mechanicals are as near as your local '41 Plymouth...

    But you get to make everything else. Which is okay, because from the looks of the thing, the Powell plant was basically someone's backyard anyway.

  3. Omg this has been around a while.....

  4. The Powell Brothers, despondent after dropping out of an Aerodynamic Design Correspondence course, threw their talent and passion into creating a better, dynamically different pickup truck design.

    1. I like the fact that they were selling new trucks based on junkyard '41 Plymouth chassis, and their production ended when they could no longer find enough rebuildable '41 Plymouths in SoCal junkyards.


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