The Auburn Auction

Lot 28
1931 Chrysler Deluxe CD Touring Sedan

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1931 Chrysler  Deluxe CD Touring Sedan

CHASSIS NO: 7520057

• Recipient of a full restoration
• Nicely equipped
• Wonderfully presented in attractive colors
• Kept in climate-controlled storage

282 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, 100 HP at 3,400 RPM, Stromberg BXV two-carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 124”

In 1930, Chrysler had released their first inline eight-cylinder cars in the popular CD series. Despite the looming financial pressures from the growing depression, sales were strong. Sporting 80 horsepower when released, Chrysler continued to improve their product, boosting the output to 88 horsepower in January 1931. Never resting, in May 1931, Chrysler upped the CD series prestige and horsepower plus more attractive coachwork by introducing the Deluxe CD line. A total of 5,843 five-passenger Deluxe sedans were produced in that shortened model year, making this model the most popular choice among customers. Coming from the height of the classic era, the styling touches of the Deluxe CD has been compared closely to that of Cord’s Front Drive L29 series of cars from that same era. With comfortable seating for a driver and four passengers, these sedans offered comfort and roominess that many wanted, but few could afford.

Our consignor tells us that this beautiful example was originally purchased by a police officer from New York City, who must have been a very high-ranking official to afford such a prestigious automobile. Acquired by a collector in the early 1990s, it was taken to the shops of Richard Grenon, one of Canada’s premier vintage automotive specialists where it was treated to a full nut and bolt restoration. In addition to a complete mechanical rebuild, it was at this time the car saw a color change from royal blue and black to its current and quite attractive livery of vibrant red with burgundy fender and accents. The interior is finished with fine tan wool broadcloths which include a footrest for the rear seat passengers and typical appointments of the day including a full set of dash-mounted gauges. This beautiful specimen is also fitted with the optional dual side-mounted spare tires, each with a rearview mirror, a touring trunk to the rear, cowl lights, driving lights, a rearview mirror mounted Mansfield “Glow-Nite” clock, plus to keep passengers warm and cozy, a period-correct Majestic Hot Wave heater. Since this Chrysler’s restoration, it has been kept in climate-controlled storage and has been shown only a few times.

Easy to drive and operate, this charming sedan would be an excellent candidate for touring or, with a bit of TLC, could be prepared to compete in some of the finest automotive exhibitions around.

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