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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Spotted: 1953 Dodge Suburban Savoy Wagon


1953 Dodge Suburban Savoy wagon
by Kate Tompkins

Nostalgia always makes me think of the ‘50s, despite the fact I wasn’t even born yet. Mom, Dad and the 2.2 children climbing into the family car for a Sunday drive. And what more perfect than a station wagon? I saw this one at the Chambly Concours d’Elegance last weekend, parked in the shade, tail down and ready for a picnic.

1953 Dodge Suburban Savoy wagon
by Kate Tompkins
I’m rather surprised Dodge would use the Suburban name, since it had been associated with Chevrolet since 1934. Most of what I see online suggests it’s Plymouth rather than Dodge which bears the Suburban Savoy moniker. The only links I find for Dodge as opposed to Plymouth seem to be this very car. However the hood badge reads Dodge and it has a Dodge ram mascot. Perhaps it’s one of those vehicles that had one name in the US and another up here in Canada—it was built in Windsor, Ontario. Anybody know?

2 comments:

  1. from the net;
    "As was usual in Canada, Dodge sold a low-priced car which was basically a Plymouth. This year, for the first time, Dodge front fenders were mated to the Plymouth body, thus avoiding an awkward attempt of matching the Dodge grille to the unique Plymouth "pontoon" fenders. "

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  2. Thanks for the comment. I don't have any photos of 1952 Dodges or Plymouths, so will definitely be on the lookout at car shows this year to see the difference for myself.

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