Octomom’s Baby Blue Bonzer: 48k-Mile 1957 Plymouth Custom Suburban Wagon

  • March 02, 2021
The Rundown
  • 48k Original Miles
  • Pushbutton Transmission
  • 318ci V8 (225-250hp)
  • Long-Term (30+ Years) 2nd-Owner
  • 9-Passenger Seating
  • Aftermarket Auxiliary Gauges
Why We Like It

Station wagons are the dinosaurs of the automotive world, only barely sustained by the effusive praise showered on them by dyed-in-the wool enthusiasts. The best examples are reminders of a bygone era, before everyone had to stand up at the damn concert and ruin it for the comfortably seated. Any wagon deserves a little respect, the added dose of practicality and often cleaner lines make the weight penalty worth it in almost every scenario. Compared to today’s average wagon, this ‘57 Plymouth is effectively a doubling up of everything. Eight cylinders instead of four, nine passengers instead of four and a half, the number of speeds in the transmission is probably the only case where the trend is reversed!

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In addition to the capacious interior, exterior elements, like the imposing double decker front grill, silver-arrow side trim, and raked rear tail fins accentuate an otherwise simple design. As the Plymouth variant in the Chrysler lineup, it was the working man’s family hauler, devoid of extra pomp and circumstance provided in the upmarket Town & Country. Something Chrysler’s family of wagons shared that set them apart from the competition was the longer 122” wheelbase, compared to the shorter sedan wheelbases used by Chevy and Ford that were cheaper to manufacture. See, they doubled down on the design principles, too!

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Valuation Verdict

If we were evaluating this vehicle by the cubic yard like some primo topsoil, it’d surely be a lotta bang for your well-earned buck. The seller states they’re open to trades, preferably Jeeps, and seeing as one of the photos was taken outside the Jeep dealer, maybe they just couldn’t hit the magic number on that trade-in! Hagerty’s price guide reveals an uptick in values from about a year ago, just as folks were considering throwing all their belongings in the getaway vehicle and getting outta dodge...coincidence? Perhaps. Current value of a #2 “excellent” car is $20,800 and a #3 “good” one is $15,300. If this one isn’t good, we don’t know what good is. Considering all the great memories made and the number of potential future ones for the next owner, the asking price is better than fair. Because it is a wagon, it’s well bought – regardless!

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