Corporation unveiled the experimental Plainsman "idea station wagon"
during the January, 1956 Chicago Auto Show. Mounted on a 115-inch
wheelbase Plymouth chassis, the 2-door wagon accented a Western theme
with its "Palomino beige" finish, gold-colored Texas Longhorn medallion
and hand-worked bronze trim which was chrome plated. A unique
cantilever, stepped roof contained a centered louvered ventilator that
provided draft-free ventilation of the 8-passenger cabin, and the padded
white fabric top covering the rear two-thirds of the all-steel roof was
weather-resistant. Clever idea on the Plainsman that made its way into
the 1957 station wagon models by Chrysler Corp. was the spare tire and
wheel hidden behind the right wheel and accessed via a lift-up panel.