1954 Explorer dream car is world’s rarest Plymouth

The Petersen Automotive Museum, located in Los Angeles, California, is home to some of the rarest classic and collector cars from all over the world. Every so often the museum gives us a close look at one of the cars it houses in the Vault, a space in the museum presented by Hagerty that holds over 250 iconic and rare cars.

In a recent video from Petersen, museum curator Leslie Kendall presents the world’s rarest Plymouth – a one-of-one 1954 Plymouth Explorer dream car.

In the 1950s, concept cars were coined as dream cars. Designers at the time were encouraged to dream and think out-of-the-box to create unique vehicles, and this Plymouth Explorer is a great example of a dream car.

“This car was about as out-of-the-box as you could get in the mid-1950s.,” Kendall says in the video. “It was a Plymouth, which is renowned for its

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1969 Chevy Chevelle SS 396 Is A Muscle Car Dream

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Big block power moves this Chevelle.

In many ways, certain cars can perfectly define a generation. For the 1960’s it didn’t get more iconic than the Chevelle SS. A large displacement engine, simple but accommodating interior, and sporty style is what made the muscle car era and Chevy’s arguably most successful nameplate had everything you’d want to slide behind the wheel to experience.

Although the purist might disagree, one of the coolest features to come out of this part of automotive history was that the cars were highly customizable. This led to many examples being modified which, for the consumer, did two things. One, it skyrocketed the value of original examples and, two, it left the automotive world with some truly awesome custom examples.

Take this red and black 1969 Chevelle SS 396 for example. It goes further than even Chevy did

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Top Gear America Puts Dream Cars to the Test at Thunderhill Raceway Park!

Everyone remembers them, you probably had one growing up (possibly still do)—a Lamborghini Countach poster circa the 1980s. The Countach is a dream car unlike any other, adorning more walls and inspiring generations of automotive enthusiasts all over the world. But everyone knows it’s a piece of crap. Never meet your heroes, kids, you’re often disappointed. Is that always the case? The Top Gear America hosts beg to differ and the producers aren’t going to make it easy on them, so they’re back at Thunderhill Raceway Park to find out if dream cars are more than just poster art.

Dream cars aren’t always the flagship models of boutique Italian sports car makers. Take the  Top Gear America hosts for example: Right off the bat, Rob Corddry has a polarizing vehicle in this category, a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Eccentric as always, Rob, but that’s why we love you. Dax

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These 5 straight-eight prewar dream machines are open to the elements

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Inline-eight automotive engines are a technology of the past. Today, they’re seen as too difficult to package thanks to their length, but they had a good run. For decades, the smooth power delivery of eight cylinders in a row was a status symbol, appearing in luxury marques and eventually trickling down into more mainstream brands. Poring over the upcoming auctions from RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, and Mecum, as we prepare for the upcoming Amelia Island Concours and Mecum Indy festivities, it’s easy to see where and how the straight-eight shined. No doubt the I-8’s rich sound is best appreciated from behind the wheel, without a roof overhead. Here are five examples that pair the smooth luxury engine layout with gorgeous droptop lines.

1929 Duesenberg Model J ‘Disappearing Top’ Torpedo by Murphy

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