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Dodge Coronet Lancer 2-door Hardtop - Lhd Mopar Downunder on 2040-cars

US $55,000.00
Year:1959 Mileage:98000
Location:

Perth, WA, Australia

Perth, WA, Australia
Transmission:Automatic
Body Type:Coupe
Vehicle Title:Clear
Engine:326ci V8
Fuel Type:Gasoline
For Sale By:Private Seller
Condition:
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Year
: 1959
Number of Cylinders: 8
Make: Dodge
Model: Coronet
Trim: Lancer
Drive Type: rear wheel drive
Mileage: 98,000

This is a rare low miles beast, much rarer and more desirable than the í59 Caddie.  Youíll be hard pressed to find one restored to such a high standard. Iíve looked and found only three for sale worldwide in any condition.

The í59 Dodge has outrageous fins; they start at the doors and just keep climbing, only to be outdone by the four rocket-style taillights that point like flames behind the car.  Itís longer, wider and more flamboyant that its predecessors and successors. 
 
And this Ď59ís unique features extend to the interior too.  The bench seats are clad in a one off cloth for 1959, with gold metallic thread woven through.  It has an eye-catching ribbon speedometer, which starts off green, changes to yellow at 35mph and then to red at 50mph. The rear vision mirror is mounted vertically off the dash and of course, thereís the futuristic push-button automatic.  The car is fitted with original NOS wheel spats and Custom Royal hub caps.

This car has been in Australia about 20 years; Iíve had her for about 8 years with two Aussie owners prior to myself.  During her time in Australia, sheís only done a few thousand miles.  When I bought her, the paint was intact but old - at best a good 20 footer - but the panels were dead straight and there was no rust, except for a spot on one sill.  And there were no accident repairs.  

The original interior fabric was and still is in amazing condition, no sign of wear, which supports the low miles on the odometer.  I drove the car occasionally for a few years, typically a 50 mile return trip down the coast, but about 4 years ago, decided it was time she had a full body-on restoration.  I have hundreds of photos before and after work was performed. 

The work done on her includes a full strip followed with a two-tone 2-pak paint job in coral and rose-quartz, factory colours for 1959.  All rear chrome work was re-done, and although the low miles motor was in good shape, it was fully rebuilt (receipted) including heads with hardened valve seats for ULP.  

The huge power boosted drum 11 1/2 Ē brakes have been recently serviced. The car has new rear shock absorbers.  Other rubbers and bushes have been replaced where necessary.  The master cylinder unit was replaced a few years ago.

In the cabin, the heater box and heater core were removed and serviced.  The original chrome valve radio was repaired and works fine.  Itís currently connected to two recessed speakers on the back dash and to the radio waves via twin rear aerials. I havenít touched the instrument cluster or the dash as itís in excellent condition.  

The carpet was replaced with molded carpet from the US.  The roof lining was replaced by a professional upholsterer with material sourced from the US.  The bootís fully carpeted and has a full spare wheel cover.  

Because Iíve had two í59 Dodge sedans and this í59 2dr hardtop over the last 20 years, Iíve accumulated plenty of spares including a large assortment of brightware, including excellent Coronet hubcaps, various mechanical and electrical components, including an original rebuilt carburetor, distributor, spare í59 Dodge valve radio, at least half a dozen taillights (still in boxes) and numerous other assorted items.  I also have a full RHD dash and instrument cluster from an Australian delivered factory RHD.   I also purchased original cloth fabric for the front seats, just in case.  Please donít call if you want parts.  They stay with the car.

This car is not perfect, but itís damned close. Iíve spent tens of thousands of dollars on this car but itís now time for someone else to enjoy the pleasure of owning this unique car.


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