Mike Stegall with his "new" 1939 Plymouth P8 classic automobile. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

There’s a new car in town

1939 Plymouth P8 completes Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall's search for classic automobile

GREENVILLE – Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall’s 18 month search for a new automobile concluded with the purchase of a “new” 1939 Plymouth P8 four door sedan.

“I’ve been looking for something for about a year and a half,” said Stegall. “My wife reminded me yesterday – you’re year and a half search is over.”

The 1939 Plymouth was delivered to Stegall’s doorstep Thursday, August 11th and was ready to roll at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning when the insurance went into effect.

The pre-WWII Classic was introduced in the 1939 model year. The Deluxe P8 model was a four-door sedan than came with an 82 horsepower L-head six engine. A total of 417,528 units were produced during its lifetime outselling the entry-level Road King P7 model, nearly half of the Deluxe P8 models produced were 4-door sedan models.

“They’re the gangster cars – that’s what everybody calls it,” Stegall said with a chuckle. “I just love the look of them. Between 1920 and 1945 I think they made some beautiful cars.”

“Back then the ride was really important to people although they didn’t ride as great as a new car does,” continued Stegall. “It is just a fun era for cars.”

Bringing the curtain down on 12-years as a Darke County Commissioner, Stegall chose not to run again in the upcoming election and now has a new ride to help fill his time heading into 2023.

“I may go to a few car shows and maybe a parade or two,” he said. “Mostly my wife and I are going to have fun with it, drive it on weekends and take a few little trips. Just something to play around with when I retire.”

Mike Stegall - 1939 Plymouth P8 (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Mike Stegall - 1939 Plymouth P8 (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Mike Stegall - 1939 Plymouth P8 (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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