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Plymouth

Plymouth started out as the Maxwell Motor Company in the 1920s. The Plymouth brand came into existence in 1928, shortly after Walter P. Chrysler took a controlling interest in Maxwell, and was Chrysler's entry-level offering to compete with Ford and Chevrolet. The first Plymouth roadster sold for $675 and came with a rumble seat. Chrysler’s next model was a five-passenger Phaeton, which was the only Plymouth to feature a two-piece windshield. By 1931, Plymouth had become the third best-selling car in the United States, and in 1935 the company produced the classic Plymouth PJ, which is still beloved by automobile enthusiasts today. At the 1939 World's Fair, Plymouth introduced its two-door roadster convertible, the first mass-production convertible with a power-operated folding top. Throughout the 1940s and early 1950s, Plymouth earned a reputation for well-engineered, durable cars. In the early 1960s, models offered included the Dart, Valiant, Barracuda fastback coupe, and the full-size Fury. From the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, Plymouth’s Valiant and Duster sold well, but Chrysler reduced the price difference between the Dodge and Plymouth brands, and by 1982, Dodge was outselling its sister division. By the late 1990s, Plymouth was marketing only a handful of vehicles: Voyager minivans, the Breeze, the Neon, and the Prowler. Because Plymouth dealers also sold Chrysler cars, the company decided in 1999 to discontinue the Plymouth brand, and production stopped in 2001.

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