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History 1958 Plymouth Cabana - A Space Age Grocery Getter!

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    1958 Plymouth Cabana - A Space Age Grocery Getter!


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  2. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,462


    I can definitely see where elements of this car ended up on the '60 Plymouth and '61 Imperial. Never saw it before, but if they want to make a few, I'd drive one.
  3. hansboomer
    Joined: Nov 15, 2008
    Posts: 69

    from new york

    My first reaction was that is a crazy looking wagon, but it's really only one or two steps crazier than an ordinary 58 Plymouth. We would have really liked the glass roof over the wayback.
  4. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,681

    from New York

    Very cool. Although it's a Mopar, I can see some mid year T-Bird accents on the front fenders and some Mercury details in the grill. Also Lincoln suicide doors and Corvette "coves" on the front fenders. Like most concept cars I guess it was crushed.
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  5. '51 Roadmaster
    Joined: Aug 13, 2017
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    '51 Roadmaster

    Wow....that's something else! Thanks for sharing.
  6. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,816

    from Michigan

    3/4 of it looks like a 1960 Ford Starliner....
    But that's just me thinkin' out loud....
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  7. Here's some more photos of the (Maury Baldwin designed / Ghia built) 1958 Plymouth Cabana:

    1958 Plymouth Cabana (side view).jpg
    1958 Plymouth Cabana (dash).jpg
    1958 Plymouth Cabana (rear seat).jpg
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  8. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,395


    When looking at the grill/bumper and front end, it looks like a 64 Merc.
  9. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,795


    The kids could catch a nice tan in that back seat.
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  10. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,816

    from Michigan

    A set of Torq-Thrust mags should do it some justice...:cool:
  11. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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    I see a lot of the concept car in the Dodge Lancer wagon as well.
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  12. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,015


    It always makes me chuckle when I hear people talk about the old days when" all the cars looked different from each other" as compared to now when they all look the same.
    As has been pointed out you can pick up echos of other cars and brands in this concept car. I think that all the designers that worked on these cars all drank at the same bar after work...........:)
    Cool looking grocery getter. That's for sure.
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  13. Kinky6
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,765


  14. I believe that around the time that those early 60s Chryslers of questionable styling came out; they hired a bunch of designers away from Ford to take them in a new direction.. Probably a good move as the next few years were seen as a big improvement by most!

  15. Thats a 1960 Edsel front grill if I ever saw one.

    So were any built ? Was this a clay car or an actual running build ?

    Is it still around ?

  16. Not clay ... but not a running car either.

    The Cabana “styling mock-up” (steel body, glass, interior, etc.) was built by Carrozzeria Ghia ... and sat on a 124” wheelbase production chassis (without any running gear).

    The car measured:
    • 216” nose to tail
    • 80” wide
    • 56” tall
    It’s not known what happened to the 1958 Plymouth Cabana Concept ... it was most likely destroyed.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2017
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  17. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,239


    Definitely need rear air in this one! Alright kids, don't forget to turn over.
  18. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 2,017


    Looks like an Olds front end!
  19. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

    Cool Thread ! Ghia did such great work during that time period...craftsmanship of the best quality. What a shame this unique "Dream/Concept" , and many others from Chrysler, Ford, GM, AMC, Packard, etc., were scrapped instead of saved.

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