Bonhams | 2018-10-08 | Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum | Venue : Philadelphia, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Lot No. : 107
Year : 1929
Engine Size : -
Estimate : US$ 70,000 - 90,000
Chrysler Model 75 Roadster Not Sold
Please note, this car is titled as ZW 36.

248.9ci L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Stromberg Carburetor
75bhp at 3,300rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Semi Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*Top-of-the-line factory bodied Chrysler
*Exquisitely restored and beautifully presented
*2-time AACA Award winner.
*Eligible for Le Mans Classic, as well as Mille Miglia Retrospective
Produced at the old Chalmers plant in Detroit and introduced in January 1924, Walter P. Chrysler's first automobile was an innovative, medium priced, six-cylinder car of better-than-average performance as numerous motor sport successes would soon demonstrate. Offering a $5,000 specification for under $1,500, the Chrysler featured hydraulic brakes, aluminum pistons, full-pressure lubrication, a tubular front axle, and was able to reach 70mph comfortably.
The Chrysler 75 Roadster was one of the sportiest models offered by Chrysler and is one of the pinnacles of the marque's motorcar development during the 1920's. With powerful and large 7 main bearing flathead engines mated to a suburb three speed transmission and coming standard with hydraulic brakes, there were few cars short of the Stutz or Bentley that could better a Chrysler for speed and performance.
Chrysler actively campaigned their motorcars from 1925-1931, and the Model 75 was entered in the Mille Miglia, Le Mans, and the 24hrs of Spa. The Chrysler 75 finished 3rd and 4th in Le Mans in 1928, earning the nickname the Poor Man's Bentley. Furthermore at the Mille Miglia, a Chrysler Model 75 won the 5 liter class in both 1929 and in 1930. Today many 75s are actively campaigned on the vintage rally and race circuit with a great degree of success.
This particular Model 75 was acquired by the consigner's late husband in 1993. For a number of years, the car was used and enjoyed. It was driven extensively until a Packard was purchased, and it was at this time in 2007 that a full restoration began to bring the car up to AACA show standards.
This restoration initially began under Hill Jenkins but was completed by noted restorer Randy Brook in 2014. An extensive record of receipts and invoices are included with the car. The result of the work is truly breathtaking, presenting beautifully in its original color scheme of turquoise, with blue fenders and cream wheels. The car has been shown at AACA events and has been awarded 2 AACA National Awards.
In the past three years, this car has been kept in climate-controlled storage and given yearly mechanical checkups despite its infrequent road use. It was recently inspected by a Bonhams specialist and found to be in very fine order. During this inspection, it was also taken on an enjoyable test drive, in which it demonstrated impeccable road manners.
Chrysler 75s are highly event eligible and offer excellent value for the money. The opportunity to acquire this expertly restored example should not be missed.

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