The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 174
1959 Dodge Custom Royal Two-Door Sedan

Selling on Saturday

1959 Dodge  Custom Royal Two-Door Sedan

CHASSIS NO: M359101315

• Custom Royal is the highest option level available in 1959
• A striking original Virgil Exner design
• The last year of Custom Royal production
• A solid car that’s ready to enjoy

361 cid V-8 engine, 305 HP, TorqueFlite automatic transmission, front torsion bar suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, power drum brakes; wheelbase: 122”

The late ‘50s spawned a whole legion of luxury cars with dramatic fins, but few have the jet age look like the 1959 Dodge Custom Royal. It’s long, low, and sleek, with one of the coolest automotive rear ends you’ve ever seen. The Virgil Exner “Forward Look” design never looked so sleek as it did in 1959 on the new lower Dodge Custom Royal.

The two-tone light blue and navy paint scheme fits the car perfectly, with sharp lines divided by ample brightwork and chrome. The lines are long and perfectly proportioned, conveying movement while actually standing still. The paint is in generally good condition, with some thin spots on the fenders showing the love this car has received. The chrome is likewise quite nice, with just a bit of surface corrosion, and appears to be original. The dark blue fins really stand out, with the rear bullet taillights developed by Exner as a safety feature - visible from all angles. Inside, the large cabin features front bucket seats that are in nice shape and appear to be the original cloth and vinyl fabric combination. There’s a ton of legroom both front and back, with nicely finished door panels and fully carpeted floors throughout. The padded dash features plenty of chrome and clean, clear gauges flanking the AM radio and the unique, push-button gear selector. The sleek new compound-curved windshield and quad lamps are thoroughly modern and give the Custom Royal a very high-end look. Power brakes, power steering and power windows are part of this deluxe package and, under the hood, the big V-8 fills the workmanlike engine compartment very nicely. It is not highly detailed, but remains tidy and complete - the perfect car to simply drive and enjoy. All it takes is a winning bid and a push of the button, and you’ll be the lucky guy or gal enjoying this wonderfully rare Dodge.

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