1954 DODGE ROYAL 500 PACE CAR EDITION
Bonhams | 2018-06-03 | Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction | Venue : 100 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
Lot No. : 116
Year : 1954
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : #38526401
Engine No. : #D502-2489I
Estimate : US$ 25,000 - 35,000
US$ 38,080
Dodge ROYAL 500 PACE CAR EDITION Sold
 

 

241ci HEMI V8 Engine
Carter AFB-4 Barrel Carburetor
150bhp at 4,400rpm
2 Speed PowerFlite Automatic Transmission
Front Independent with Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Iconic model
*In the present collector ownership for more than 20 years
*Recently refreshed mechanically
*Perfect sporting classic for the summer
THE DODGE ROYAL
1954 marks the second production year of the newly redesigned Dodge, but it was also a year of introductions for the brand. It would be the very first year for Royal line, a luxury trim placed above the more pedestrian Coronet, and Dodge would also offer their very first fully automatic transmission, the PowerFlite two-speed, across the entire model range. Last but certainly not least in importance, Dodge was given the opportunity to pace Indianapolis 500. Deciding to make the most of the opportunity, the model they chose to exhibit to the world was indeed a truly special one. A Dodge Royal Convertible, painted in conspicuous Pace Car Yellow with Jewel Black accents and a matching interior, would be loaded with the full flight of options available at the time. Capitalizing on their Hoosier land endeavor, Dodge decided to construct roughly 700 replicas of the pace car, finished in identical specification with all the performance options included.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Capitalizing on their Hoosier land endeavor, Dodge decided to construct roughly 700 replicas of the pace car, finished in identical specification with all the performance options included. On offer is just one of those models originally sold to the public, it was always a model which fascinated and resonated with the current owner and some twenty years ago he was able to secure one for his collection. In the course of more than two decades, the car has shared stable with the finest of collectible automobiles, being used infrequently usually over the summer months.
With the last few years, after a period of inactivity it was entrusted to Bob Millstein's well-regarded Briarcliff Classic & Imported Car Service, where it was recommissioned for the road. When tested by a Bonhams specialist the Dodge was found to be on the button and driving well. Aesthetically the car has the appearance of a particularly original example and may well sport its original finish in places. The vehicle remains in the favored color scheme for the model and there are signs of age on its extremities and edges most likely to receive wear through age, but generally it presents tidily. Its top seems to have been replaced in more recent years.
A great looking and ground-breaking model, these famed Dodges represent terrific value relative to performance and this would surely make a fun tourabout for the coming summer months.

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