1928 Plymouth 1937 Plymouth Plymouth: The First Decade

1929 Plymouth
(Engineering Code U)

Unless otherwise noted, price, engine numbers and body type production data is from [Bowman 1988a]. Specifications are from [Chrysler 1975] and serial numbers are from [Chrysler 1973]. Weights are from [Kimes 1996]. Production dates are from [benj 2007]. Paint information is from [Chrysler 1929b].

Highlights and commentary
Production and serial numbers
Specifications
Four Door Sedan
Deluxe Four Door Sedan
Standard Coupe
Two Door Sedan
Deluxe Coupe
Rumble Seat Roadster
Touring


Highlights

Rubber motor mounts are the major mechanical change for this model.


Production

Model Name Production Plant Serial Number Engine Number
BeganEnded BeganEnded BeganEnded
4 January 7, 1929 March 7, 1930 Detroit RR-120-P RD-999-D U999 U110000
Detroit Y-000-WP Y-403-EP
Windsor GP-583-W GC-499-L

Specifications

Wheel base Num Cylinders Bore and Stroke Cu. In. Compression BHP
109 4 3-5/8x4-1/4 175.4 4.6 34@2800

For download speed reasons, Detailed Specifications and Standards of Adjustment are found on a separate page.

Paint

[Chrysler 1929b], dated May 21, 1929, announced the availability of additional colors for the Plymouth line of cars. This implies that the early model U cars may have used the colors available for model Q cars. Since [Chrysler 1929b] also states “These standard colors will be changed from time to time without previous notice as has been our practice in the past” there is the possibility that other colors had been used.

Interestingly, [Chrysler 1929b] explained that “standard” colors could not be specified on regular orders from the dealer. The orders were filled with what ever color car was available at the factory. Apparently the factory ran a few days using one color, then switched over to another. What ever they were building when the order came in is what was shipped. “Optional” colors, apparently specifying one of the standard colors on an special order, was an additional fee.

The Du Pont Duco and PPG Mimax color numbers below are from [Chrysler 1929a] and do not show numbers for colors that became available later in the year. Some of these same names appear in colors for later years but it is not clear at this point if they are the same colors.

Color Name Du Pont Duco Number PPG Mimax Number
Atkin Gray    
Ardlsey Green 2443038 ML3292
Biscay Green 2441258  
Black    
Bolling Green Medium 2445348 ML3195
Buckingham Gray    
Chrysler Light Gray    
Cigarette    
Coach Blue Deep 2443268 ML3196
Desert Sand 2441313 ML3193
Dundee Gray    
Emerald Green    
Gualda Grey Lt.    
Mandarin Vermillion    
Marine Blue 2441332 ML3262
Marquette Blue    
Mexican Turquoise    
Moss Agate Green 2445181 ML3478
Moonstone Gray 2445118 ML3289
Norman Gray 2445596 ML3197
Pyramid Gray 2441314 ML3194
Primrose Yellow 2445161 ML3288
Russet Brown   ML3243
Thorn Maroon    
Tobacco Brown   ML3242
Top Gallant Blue    

Paint Codes

See note about paint and trim.
Code Body Fenders & Sheet Metal Stripe Wheels
         

Trim Codes

See note about paint and trim.
Code Description
   

Four Door Sedan

Price Number Built Weight
$695   2510
Body Overall Beads and moulding Fenders & Sheet Metal Stripe Wood wheels Wire wheels
Top Gallant Blue Marquette Blue Black Swamp Holly Orange Marquette Blue Swamp Holly Orange
Marquette Blue Marquette Blue Black Extra Perm. Vermillion Marquette Blue Extra Perm. Vermillion

Deluxe Four Door Sedan

Price Number Built Weight
$745   2590

1929 Plymouth Model U deluxe four door Photograph copyright Jim Benjaminson, used with permission.


Standard Coupe

Price Number Built Weight
$655    
Body Overall Beads and moulding Fenders & Sheet Metal Stripe Wood wheels Wire wheels
Black Black Black Flake White Black  
Dundee Gray Ardsley Green Black Packard Ivory Ardsley Green Cigarette

1929 Plymouth Model U coupe 1929 Plymouth Model U coupe 1929 Plymouth Model U coupe Photograph copyright Tod Fitch, used with permission.


Two Door Sedan

Price Number Built Weight
$675   2485
Body Overall Beads and moulding Fenders & Sheet Metal Stripe Wood wheels Wire wheels
Atkin Gray Black Black Orange Double Deep Atkin Gray Orange Double Deep
Chrysler Light Gray Chrysler Dark Gray Black Packard Ivory Chrysler Dark Gray Cigarette

1929 Plymouth Model U two door sedan Photograph copyright Jim Benjaminson, used with permission.


Deluxe Coupe

Price Number Built Weight
$695    
Body Overall Beads and moulding Fenders & Sheet Metal Stripe Wood wheels Wire wheels
Mexican Turquoise Blue Marquette Blue Black Packard Ivory Marquette Blue Packard Ivory
Thorn Maroon Chrysler Light Gray Black Extra Perm. Vermillion Thorn Maroon Extra Perm. Vermillion
Buckingham Gray Thorn Maroon Black Swamp Holly Orange Thorn Maroon Swamp Holly Orange

Rumble Seat Roadster

Price Number Built Weight
$675    
Body Overall Beads and moulding Fenders & Sheet Metal Stripe Wood wheels Wire wheels
Ardsley Green Dundee Gray Black Swamp Holly Orange Ardsley Green Swamp Holly Orange
Gualda Grey Lt. Gualda Grey Deep Black Mandarin Vermillion Gualda Grey Deep Mandarin Vermillion
Chrysler Light Gray Cigarette Black Emerald Green Chrysler Light Gray Emerald Green

1929 Plymouth Model U Rumble Seat Roadster Photograph copyright Ted Bush, used with permission.


Touring

Price Number Built Weight
$695    
Body Overall Beads and moulding Fenders & Sheet Metal Stripe Wood wheels Wire wheels
Desert Sand Pyramid Gray Black Packard Ivory Pyramid Gray Packard Ivory