For Sale By:Private Seller
Number of Cylinders: 8
Trim: 2 Door Hardtop
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Drive Type: RWD
Power Options: Air Conditioning
Sub Model: Custom Royal
Exterior Color: Red & White
Disability Equipped: No
Interior Color: Red & Black
1957 Dodge Custom Royal
Hello classic Mopars and Exner's big fin car fans. Here is a very rare, all original and unmolested 1957 Dodge Custom Royal 2 door hardtop with super rare factory installed air (AC) and power brakes (with booster). I believe that this is the model under the even rarer D500 Dodge. This very solid and straight automobile has been in enclosed storage for many, many years awaiting restoration and/or refurbishing (no need to go all out to make this car a nice driver). Very solid body showing only minimal and/or no damage except for the driver side fender, which shows a good "ding" on the front edge. I will include a replacement fender and side stainless steel trim piece which are damage free if the car is purchased at the "Buy It Now" price - it will cost extra otherwise. There is normal, minor rust here and there (mostly surface discoloration, but some areas do show pitting, such as the floor and trunk pans). It appears that a patch was partially installed over the existing front floor pans (looks quite solid, but not exactly professional as far as workmanship goes); this was done a long time ago, before I bought the car. The frame looks very good and solid. The exterior paint is in good condition and may not even need to be redone; a very good detail or buffing with compounds/waxes may produce quite a surprisingly good result. The car does not run, but rolls and steers fairly well. I do not remember which size the big V8 engine is (318 or 331?). I was told that the motor did turn when I bought the car but I never tried to find out as the car went into storage as soon as I received it. I would suggest that a good mechanic have a go at it. I don't think the engine needs much, (it's all there) but do expect some mechanical work to be needed for sure. It has a push button transmission, most likely a 727 Torqueflite. The windshield is cracked/has a small hole on the driver's side and will need to be replaced. The passenger side front window has a crack in it but the rest of the glass is in great/excellent condition. All the stainless steel trim is in good to very good condition. Some of the DODGE scripts/letters are missing on the hood and trunk lid. The bumpers are very solid and straight, the rear one could be re-chromed. The interior is all original, but will need to be restored. The seats need to be reupholstered, new carpet installed, etc. Three of the original headliner panels will need to be reinstalled (they are now in the trunk). The instrument panel and dashboard are in pretty good condition and are complete, a good cleaning and buffing should work magic. The odometer shows only just over 75K (75,025 miles) from new, which are believed to be original based on the good/great overall condition of the car.
This big fin '57 Dodge is in remarkable condition (by comparison with what is usually found/available) and is absolutely worthy of someone's time and financial investment. Although needed, the restoration can be as minimal or as involved as the new owner will want. This was my intent several years ago when I bought this car (and another 1957 Dodge Coronet 2 door post to perhaps also restore and/or use as a perfect donor for a few items the Custom Royal could use - windshield, scripts, etc.). I, however got busy, life happened/changed and I never got to it. Although I love cars, I unfortunately do not know how to work on them and I have no choice but to have to use shops and other people, and they are not cheap! Now, as I am moving and my storage situation has changed I have decided to pass the torch to someone with more experience, time and enthusiasm and hope that they will be able to bring this great original survivor back to its former glory. They don't make cars like this anymore you know and they are harder to find as time goes by - especially the ones with these rare options. You always see a lot of classic muscle at car shows, but seldom enjoy any big fin late 50's and they always do bring attention and deserved appreciation. It is my wish to see this rare car be acquired by a similarily appreciative person.
Please see my other auction currently running, for a 1957 Dodge Coronet 2 door post, white & gold. I would entertain/prefer to sell both cars together as they are the perfect match for each other in terms of restoration ease, as well as transaction and shipping details.
Please call me with any questions at 303-941-1765. You are welcomed and encouraged to look at the cars in person before bidding, but the photos should be quite helpful in assisting you to make a good decision. Bid with confidence - see my 100% positive feedback. More photos may be available upon request. Please note that the red tail light plastic lenses are inside the trunk in a box with a couple of extra parts.
Thanks for your interest in my action(s)! Happy and successful bidding!
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Auto blogWed, 13 Aug 2014 15:33:00 EST
Earlier today, Dodge pulled the wraps off its 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat - a 707-horsepower sedan capable of sprinting to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 204 mph. Naturally, the car debuted in a bright shade of pull-me-over red, so it was fitting, then, that Dodge also brought its newly updated 2015 Charger Pursuit to keep everything under control.
No, cops won't be able to spec their Charger cruisers with the 707-hp Hellcat engine (oh man, imagine the chase scenes...), but law enforcement officials will be able to choose from either a 3.6-liter V6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V8, producing 292 hp and 370 hp, respectively. V8 models can be ordered with all-wheel drive, and Dodge estimates that with either engine, the Charger Pursuit can achieve up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway (thanks to the V8's four-cylinder mode).
Other updates for 2015 include improved braking power, a seven-inch display in the instrument cluster, a five-inch display in the center stack, and a new vehicle systems interface that could make it easier for police squads to install computer and radio equipment.
Chrysler has issued a recall for the V6 version of the 2013 Dodge Challenger (as pictured above in 2012MY) over the possibility of a wiring harness that could short circuit and lead to a fire. Owners of these V6 Challengers built from November 2012 through January 2013 are being urged to contact dealers immediately and, in the meantime, not to drive their cars or park in or near any buildings.
Chrysler estimates around 2,500 potentially affected Challengers are in owners' hands, while another 1,900 are still sitting on dealer lots. The total number of recalled vehicles is 4,459.
So far, Chrysler says that seven fires have been reported - none resulting in injuries. The company is instructing vehicle owners to contact their dealer to find out if their vehicle is included in the recall, but owners can also find the build date information of their vehicle by checking the label in the driver's door jamb.
Darrell Waltrip once said, "If the lion didn't bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn't be exciting." The sentiment behind that aphorism is causing my adrenal gland to wake up as Dodge and SRT drivers and engineers - somber-faced to a man - give me the track talk that will precede my driving the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT on the circuit at Portland International Raceway. PIR might not be Daytona, and the 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat might seem tame to a legend like ol' Jaws, but there's a not-small part of me that's thinking about how hard Dodge's fire-breathing kitty might bite.
Just a few hours previous, I'd gotten behind the wheel of the Hellcat for the first time, letting its hyperbole-spitting, supercharged V8 Hemi pull me yieldingly through Portland's morning commuter traffic. Lulled into a cocky certainty by the Challenger's good manners at low speed, I drove the throttle just a hair too deep, too fast when I ran on to the highway ramp. For just an instant the rear tires were utterly drenched in torque, and the back end of the big Dodge loosened up like a drift car on a wet track. Throttle steer lives at the fleeting whim of your right foot in this car.
It was no big thing to lay off the gas and pull the Hellcat back in line as I entered the highway, but the incident did get me to thinking: What will this car do to me on a road course?