CC For Sale: 1963 Plymouth Valiant Sedan–Plain Brown Wrapper

I know we’ve had a few ’63 Plymouth Valiants featured on CC, but I saw this one for sale in Marlton, New Jersey on Facebook Marketplace, and I thought I’d share photos because . . . it’s just so dull!  Or maybe I should say “minimalist”!  A 60-year-old, low-priced, dun-colored, compact sedan.  Blackwall tires.  Small hub caps.  Manual transmission.  Six cylinder.  Not hot-rodded.  No, this is not a Thunderbird, or a Corvette, or a Mustang, a Buick Riviera, or even a ‘Cuda.  Not something that would be embraced by the mainstream classic car hobby.  Just “Basic Transportation” that was meant to be driven, used up, and thrown away.  It has no business surviving well into the 21st century.  And that’s what I find so intriguing about it!

It’s an undeniable fact that cars reflect their owner’s personality.  Somebody walks into a Plymouth dealer and says, “I want ‘no frills’–just a basic car.  And the price has to be low.  I’ll take it in that light beige–it’ll help hide the dirt!”

1963 Plymouth colors. Four shades of brown. The other color choices are also rather subdued.  1957’s vibrant choices like Jade Green, Canary Yellow, Burgundy, and Coral are no more.


Yes, let’s talk about that color.  In the early 1960s, this rather lifeless beige became a very popular choice for some unknown reason.  GM, Ford, and Chrysler each had their own versions.  They went by various names like Desert Frost, Adobe, Fawn, Sandshell Beige, Sahara Mist, etc.  A lot of cars were made in these colors, but very few restorers select them today.

1962 Mercury Monterey in Desert Frost.


Back to the ’63 Valiant:

A trailer hitch–potential sign of hard use.  Paint color matches the condo siding.


Dashboard is also plain. This ain’t no Imperial! At first I thought someone hacked up the instrument panel, putting three little round gauges where one large round one used to be, but no–it turns out that’s the way Plymouth made it!


Actually, this isn’t a total stripper–it’s a V-200, one trim level above the base V-100.


Driver’s door panel looks nearly mint!


Space age “octopus” pedal design dates from the 1950s. I wonder what year Plymouth stopped using these?


“Slant Six” engine.


Original trunk lining and jack. No spare?  Paint on underside of trunk never faded–shows you what it actually looked like when new.  GO LIONS–listing states that the car came out of Grosse Ile, Michigan (next to Detroit) in 2018.


Roof shot–dull and duller.


So there it is–a most unlikely (but I think, rather likable) survivor.  If you drove this car in the 1960s, you would really “blend in”.  But if you drove it today, boy would you stand out!