Launched on July 7th, 1928, the Plymouth brand was the value-based offering from the Chrysler Corporation. The name was inspired by Plymouth Rock and the first Pilgrim colony in America, and the Mayflower ship which the Pilgrims made their voyage to the “New World” was used as the company’s logo. The iconic brand would go on to become the Chrysler Corporation’s best-selling brand from 1930 to 1978.
The brand would go on to have major success during the 1960s and 1970s muscle car era. Plymouth would hit its peak in 1973 after the brand sold over 973,000 units. Unfortunately, Plymouth would never reach that mark again. During the 1990s, the brand struggled to sell 200,000 units. On November 3rd, 1999, then-parent company DaimlerChrysler announced that it would be discontinuing the brand and shuffling most of its product portfolio to the Chrysler brand. Plymouth would cut its lineup after 1999 in Canada and would build a limited number of 2001 Plymouth Neon models, bringing the 92-year-old marque to an end.
Knowing that the brand was coming to an end, Darrel Davis, former Senior Vice President of Parts and Service for DaimlerChrysler made sure he would receive that his custom-ordered 2001 Plymouth Neon would be the last to roll off the line at the Belvidere Assembly Plant on June 28th, 2001. The car would be 1 of 38,657 Plymouth Neons built that year.
Being fully loaded, the car comes with leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, in-dash CD changer, and even a power sunroof.
Because of his connections within the company, Davis explained in an interview with Hagerty that he had no restrictions when ordering the car. This meant he ordered and bought the car long before the public was aware that the Plymouth brand would be discontinued. So, Davis ordered the Bright Silver Metallic-painted Neon LX with every option checked, except one (an automatic transmission).
Under the hood, is a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter SOHC inline-four-cylinder producing 132 horsepower (98 kW) @ 5,600 rpm and 130 lb.-ft. (176 N⋅m) of torque @ 4,600 rpm. The 2.0-liter is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic transmission. Because Davis is an enthusiast he went with the tried and proven 5-speed manual transmission.
Davis also has been able to keep the car in pristine condition over its 20-year lifespan. With only 68 miles on the odometer, not only is the cleanest Plymouth Neon out there but more than likely the one with the least amount of miles. The car comes with the original window sticker with its $18,210 price, manufacturer’s literature, brochures, assembly paperwork, a car cover, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Florida title in the seller’s name. The car has also been kept in a climate control garage for it’s entire life.
According the listing, there is no reserve on the Neon with 6 days left on the auction. As of the writing of this article, the bidding for the Neon is up to $14,001 USD. To whoever buys this piece of Mopar history, it should be a great museum or collection piece for Mopar collectors.
To read more about the car, see more pictures, or make a bid you can check out the auction BringATrailer.com.
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