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1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500

VEHICLE SPECS:

Engine:
325 cubic inch 310 HP
Super Red Ram Engine with Hemi Carter 4BBL Carburetor

Transmission:
Torque-flite 3 speed automatic

Compression: 9:25:1

Wheelbase: 122”

WEIGHT: 3810 lbs

SERIAL #: 37305376

Other features:
Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Windows, Twin rear deck antennas Push Button Radio, Spinner hubcaps Dual Exhaust, Swept Wing Styling

Production: 2456

Price New:  $3103

In 1957:
Average Income - $5443 . Loaf of Bread - 16 cents
Gallon of Milk - 94 cents, Gallon of Gasoline - 22 cents

 
1957 Dodge Sweptside Pickup

VEHICLE SPECS:

ENGINE:
315 cubic inch
204 HP with single 2 bbl carburetor

Transmission:
Torque flite automatic

Wheelbase:
116”

Production: 1050

 

Color:
Bermuda Coral & Mojave Beige

AWARDS:
1st Place Junior, Homestead, FL, March 2010
1st Place Senior, New Bern, NC, April 2010

Late in the 1957 model year, Dodge introduced its K-Series D100 Sweptside Pickup Truck to compete with Chevy’s Cameo Carrier and Ford’s Ranchero. The Sweptside 100 featured the flamboyant rear fins and long vertical tail lights, frafted from dodge’s own two door station wagon. The rear bumper was also fitted, along with quarter moldings, for a true swept look described in Dodge’s advertisements as “Straight out of Tomorrow”. Sweptside Pickups came standard with the custom cab, which added a glove box lock, a wrap-around window and two speed wipers.

 
1959 Dodge Custom Royal Super D500

VEHICLE SPECS:

Engine:
383 cubic inch 345 HP with Twin Carter four barrels

Transmission:
3 speed torque-flite automatic push button

Body # 355

Serial #: M352103405

Other Features: Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Windows, Power Seats, Padded dash, “Indi-Color” speedometer that changed color as speed increased, Variable-speed windshield wipers, Automatic head light dimmer, Swivel seats in Jaquar fabric and vinyl, Lancer hubcaps, Dual rear radio antennas

Production: 984

The Lancer name referred to an upscale trim level that was standard on all hardtops & convertibles. The Custom Royal was Dodge’s top offering.

 
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

VEHICLE SPECS:

Engine:
426 cubic inch
V8 - 425 Horsepower
490 lbs-ft/torque

TRANSMISSION:
Three Speed torque Flite Automatic

WEIGHT: 3740 lbs

Production: 503

Number produced with this 426 Hemi engine:
70

Number known to exist with 426 Hemi Engine:
11

Price new: $5909.00

As the 60’s wound down, excess defined every part of American Culture. Muscle cars of the late 1960’s & early 70’s are spectacular creations, embodying the optimism, power & dreams of a culture that knew no boundaries. Following the charger 500’s lack of success on the racetrack, Dodge’s engineers attacked the problem by thinking outside the box. Attaching 18” of sloping nose to the front of the vehicle & affixing a rear spoiler tall enough to allow the trunk lid to open, made the car slippery enough to power past the Aerodynamic competition from Ford. The flush rear window first seen on the Charger 500 was retained & helped readore the Daytona’s co-efficient of drag to an impressive .29. Daytona’s claimed the first four positions in the Daytona 500 rod & winged car hit the Bonneville flats with Bobby Isaac behind the wheel, the wild looking vehicle hit 217 MPH. Nascar required that at least 500 units be produced & when the dust settled, Dodge delivered 503 street cars to American customers while an additional 40 went to Canada. Only 70 buyers ponied up for the brutal 426 Hemi, which was topped with a pair of Carter AFB Four Barrel Carburetors.

 
1970 Dodge Charger R/T

VEHICLE SPECS:

Engine:
426 cubic inch
V8 - 425 Horsepower
490 lbs-ft/torque

TRANSMISSION:
4 speed manual

FEATURES:
Power Windows, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Manual 6 way adjustable seat, Bucket Seats, 3 speed window wipers, Stereo Tape with Radio AM, Techometer, Tinted Glass, Rear seat speaker, vinyl roof

WEIGHT: 3605 lbs

Production: 124

Number produced with this 426 Hemi engine:
56
(1 of 1 in yellow with performance hood and engine call-out)


Price new: $5753.85

This spectacular 100% matching numbers 1970 Charger R/T Hemi, which is one of only 56 Hemi Charges built that year, sporting a 1 of 1 color combination on top of being the only Hemi Charger ever built with the Performance hood with engine call-out. This car has complete ownership history from new and one of the best stories ever seen attached to a Mopar Muscle car.

The story begins in California in 1968, where a young lad of 13 by the name of Wayne Gagosian landed a job washing dishes with the intent of saving enough money to purchase a Hemi Charger when he was old enough to drive. The Gagosian family lived very close to Carl Berger Dodge in San Diego, CA and Wayne had grown up watching the Doge muscle cars roll into the dealership, sparking his fascination with the Dodge Charger R/T Hemi. Two years later, at the age of fifteen, Wayne had amassed more then $5,500 in his Hemi war chest. Unfortunately for Wayne, the clock was ticking after news arrived that Dodge was redesigning the Charger for 1971. If Wayne were going to get the Charge he wanted, it would have to be a 1970 model. So off he ran to Carl Berger Dodge and after he stopped checking off options, the final price tallied $6,100. 

In May of 1970, this incredible Charge arrived in San Diego, but since Wayne was two months shy of getting his drivers license, his mom was forced to drive the Hemi 4 speed home. In July of 1970, Wayne took his drivers test in the Charger and managed to secure his drivers license. Thrilled at having such a high profile machine, the sixteen year old boy did what any of us in his position would have done. He set about impressing females with his car and engaged in a little street racing. However, Wayne was a practical kid and the merits of owning a loaded Hemi Charger soon wore thin. Given the era and his age, insurance costs were sky high and as was the case with nearly all Hemi cars, the car was simply not a practical daily driver. In that first year of ownership, Wayne managed to roll up 6,000 miles on the Charger and then traded it in on a brown 440 powered 1971 Charger R/T.

Since Wayne was a reponsible kid, all of the Charger’s original paperwork had been stashed away and was presented to the dealer at trade-in, including the original Window Sticker, the original books & manuals, original Warranty card, original dealer paperwork and the original California license plate. Those documents remain with the car to this day.

Having dodged the bullet of being ordered by a 15 year old and surviving unscathed as a 16 year old learned to drive, the Hemi Charger was purchased February 13 of 1971 by Lee Hancock, who lovingly took care of the car for the better of three decades and was a card carrying member of the National Hemi Owners Association. When Lee passed away in 2000, the Charger had 28,000 and a new set of documents, including service records, California registrations, etc., to pass along to the third owner, Akbar Aly, who wrote to famed Chrysler authentication expert Galen Govier, wondering what on earth he had.

In 2003, although the car was remarkably intact and well preserved, showing just over 30,000 original miles, it went to Doug Stewart for a cosmetic restoration. After the professional repaint and detail was completed, Galen Govier performed a visual inspection on the car and graded it as a 1.1, which is the highest rating we’ve ever seen on a Galen Govier visual inspection report. As Galen pointed out in his visual inspection report, this Charger has all of the original sheet-metal, original 426 HEMI engine (with all original components), original transmission, original fender tag, and all original body stamps and tags. In short, this is as good as it gets. Shortly after the restoration was completed in 2005, the Charger traded hands for a cool $275,000. 

And to finish off the amazing story behind this charger, the car was selected by Daimler Chrysler to be used as a feature for their commercial display at SEMI in 2005. At SEMA 2005, Wayne and the Charger were reunited at an event that created the ultimate photo opportunity and appeared in dozens of collector car magazines. If you want a no-stories Charger with an awesome story, this is the one.

Now about the car itself. As you know, it's rust-free and matching numbersbut that doesn't quite tell the whole story. This Charger is a 100% correct, numbers matching car. Sure, it has its original engine block and all original sheet-metal, but it doesn't stop there. Also, present are the original carburetors, intake, heads, exhaust manifolds and radiator. Look very closely at details like the washer bottle in the engine compartment-that's an original piece, not a reproduction. Galen Govier doesn't hand out 1.1 scores unless a car is near perfect… and expect for a reproduction spare and non-original tires, this Charger is a reference for any 1970 Hemi Charger that's not a pure survivor.

There's more chrome than you'd expect on a 1970 Charger, mostly due to the ultra-cool ring of bumper up front protecting the grille and folding headlights. of course, all the chrome is outstanding, from that front bumper to the door handles to the rear bumper, which sits just below that awesome single-piece full-width taillight. All the stainless was polished to a brilliant shine, then reinstalled-no reproduction pieces here. Details like the flip-up gas cap, R/T emblems on the faux vents on the front doors, and optional racing mirrors are all in impressive condition considering that most of it is original equipment.

Giving a 16 year old kid the keys to a Hemi sounds like a receipe for disaster, but since young Wayne earned the car himself and didn't have it handed to him, well, there was a level of respect for the machinery that seems to have been infused into the very sheetmetal. In fact, it appears that NOBODY ever abused this car, and while the engine was carefully disasembled, checked, adjusted, and rebuilt with vast care, most of the vitals are original. Then the elephant was dressed for show, with Hemi Orange paint, crinkle finish valve covers, and all the little things that Mopar guys expect in top-flight show cars. With all the original factory markings still intact, reproducing them accurately was easy, and every detail you see under the hood is as it was in 1970 when Wayne's mother drove the car home for him. In fact, when the current owner acquired it in 2005, he drove it home, a testament to how well this big HEMI runs today. Heck, even the MOTOR MOUNTS are original. 

Underneath, it's as you would expect, fully restsored but highly authentic. The original 4 speed manual transmission is there, of course, feeding the factory-issued Dana 60 full of 3.54 gears, which makes this Hemi an effortless cruiser. The floors, which original, still wear original undercoating, with original overspray. New lines and hoses, rebuilt brakes and suspension, and a fresh dual exhaust system with proper resonators and rectangular chrome tips have been installed. Beautiful Rallye wheels, which were original specification although Wayne almost instanly replaced them with a set of Ansen mags, have been reinstalled and fitted with reproduction F60-15 Goodyear Polyglas GT tires.

Loaded with options is how you'd describe the interior. Black buckets were the best choice with the Top Banana paint job, but you'll also notice cool things like the 6-way power driver's seat. Incredible as it looks, the interior in the Hemi charger is 90% original. Check out the original seat-covers. Thats what they looked like when new. The dash is full of fully functional Rallye gauges, including the Tic-Toc-Tach, and the original woodgrain appliques are bright and crisp. Note the completely fust-free door jambs, the crisp detailing on the door panels themselves, and the taut headliner, all included thanks to 40 years of caring maintenance. Grab the pistol-grip shifter and run it through the gears. Just because it's almost perfect doin't mean it isn't ready to rock at a moments notice. The trunk carries and painted steel wheel and matching Goodyear tire, as well as a complete jack assembly, and Galen Govier has already verified that all the vital VIN stampings are present and 100% authentic.

Documentation is beyond impressive. We do have the original Chrysler Corporation Broadcast sheet from under the rear seat and it's exceptionally nice. As I mentioned, Wayne kept most of the original paperwork that came with his new Charger, including the window sticker, dealer invoice, order form, warranty Certi-Cards, consumer information sticker, owner's manual, receipts for dealer-installed goodies like the Ansen wheels, air shocks, and a sport steering wheel, the original California license plate, original keys, California emissions certifications, registration documents and well, the list goes on and on. Finally, there's a complete Galen Govier visual inspection package, with decodes, production figures, and photographs, and he gives this car the highest possible rating. This car has also been featured in magazines around the world.