The Salamanca Automobile History Museum (MHAS) is exhibiting this March one of the last vehicles preserved by the General Directorate of Traffic, a Plymouth model commonly known as the “Three Carabelas”. According to the Provincial Traffic Headquarters of Teruel, an obvious example is the “Haiga”, a popular road name for a large and showy car, usually of North American origin, which rolled along Spanish roads in the years after the Civil War.
In the 1920s and 1930s, American automobiles were powerful, and three large groups dominated the world market: Chrysler, General Motors, and Ford. Low, middle and high-end markets are dominated by three different segments. Chrysler, the cheapest brand: Plymouth, De Sotos in the middle range; a name reserved for the highest end: Chrysler. For its part, the General Motors group had its luxury Cadillacs, its ‘more affordable’ Buicks and Oldsmobiles, and its Chevrolets on the last page. And finally, the Ford Circle, with its Lincolns at the top, the Mercury in the middle, and the Fords at its bottom.
Plymouth quickly established itself as the third largest manufacturer in the United States of America, in 1932, which was said to be the third largest in the world, but Buick surpassed it in 1955, having since that day become one of the top ten American manufacturers.
Plymouth was left by the Chrysler group in June 2001, when it reported only its own version of the Neon and Prowler, the latest creation, presented in January 1996, which was nothing more than “hot rods” recreated in the current style. .
Their 6-cylinder models, from 1933, V8 from 1955, strong compacts on sale from 1960 (one of them, from 1971, is the one that fights against the film from the movie Devil on Wheels) and Barracudas; days before the Mustang—in April 1964 they were presented as a compact sport version, like their models for Europe with a Perkins diesel engine from 1956 or their experiences with gas turbines under their hoods.