Restoring the Legendary 1969 Plymouth Suburban to its Former Glory

The Birth of an Icon

Whenever “suburban” is mentioned, many car enthusiasts instantly picture the iconic Chevrolet hauler. This association is no accident. Introduced in 1934, the Chevy Suburban has not only become a pioneer of the modern SUV but also holds the title of the longest-running automobile nameplate in the world, still in production nearly 90 years later as of 2023.

Beyond Chevrolet: The Suburban Name Lives On

While Chevrolet’s Suburban is legendary, it wasn’t the only car to carry the name. The Chrysler Corporation also embraced the Suburban badge for two distinct models.

The DeSoto Suburban

In 1946, the now-defunct DeSoto brand launched its version of the Suburban. This model was a long-wheelbase, four-door sedan designed to accommodate eight passengers with factory-installed jump seats. However, this iteration of the Suburban was short-lived, as it was discontinued in 1954.

The Plymouth Suburban

Plymouth introduced its Suburban in 1949 as a station wagon. It revolutionized the market by being the industry’s first all-steel body station wagon. The original series continued until 1956, when Plymouth rebranded its station wagons under a new series, including Plaza, Savoy, and Belvedere variants.

The nameplate saw a brief revival 1968 within the Fury range, designating a station wagon version. The Plymouth Suburban name was finally retired in 1978, marking the end of an era as it made way for the Gran Fury.

A Rare Discovery: The Eight-Door Plymouth Suburban

In an exciting recent development, the YouTube channel “Adventures Made From Scratch” unearthed one of the rarest and most extraordinary Plymouth Suburbans ever built. This unique find is an eight-door behemoth with four rows of seats, a true marvel to behold.

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The Story Behind the Custom Build

This particular Suburban isn’t a factory model. It was customized by Armbruster Stageway, a coachbuilding company known for creating stretched vehicles, including limousines and funeral cars. Unlike luxurious limos, Armbruster’s builds were practical, focusing on maximizing passenger capacity. This eight-door Plymouth Suburban could seat up to 12 people, likely serving as a hotel shuttle.

The State of the Discovery

Unfortunately, this rare Suburban has seen better days. After decommissioning, it languished outdoors for over two decades, leading to significant rust issues and interior decay. The headliner and upholstery are in disrepair, reflecting years of neglect.

Under the Hood

Based on the 1969 Fury Suburban, the first year of the fifth-generation full-size Fury, this stretched wagon boasts a 440-cubic-inch (7.2-liter) V8 engine. When new, it produced 350 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque, ample power for hauling a fully loaded limo.

The Future of the Eight-Door Suburban

Currently, the Suburban needs to be roadworthy. While it was rescued from its resting place, there are no immediate plans for restoration. Unless a passionate car enthusiast steps forward to breathe new life into this rare Mopar, it might face a grim fate in the scrapyard.

Final Thoughts

The Chevy Suburban’s legacy continues to inspire, but the tale of the Plymouth Suburban reminds us of the diverse and fascinating history behind the Suburban name. These vehicles, each with their unique story, enrich the tapestry of automotive history. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this eight-door marvel deserves the restoration.

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