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Lot 141

1937 Chrysler Royal Convertible Sedan

  • Chassis no. 6914573

Sold for $35,200

  • One of about a dozen known to exist
  • Very well known in Chrysler circles
  • Subject of a feature article in Special Interest Autos

Chrysler replaced many of its controversial Airflow models, beginning in 1935, with the more conventional but elegant Raymond Dietrich-designed Airstream. This styling would be employed through 1938 in a wide variety of handsome models and body styles, including a rare four-door convertible sedan bodied by Murray.

One of just 642 six-cylinder convertible sedans built in 1937, this particular car is believed to be one of about a dozen remaining. It was discovered in the early 1980s in a barn in Ellenburg Depot, New York, by Fred Strass of Hackettstown, New Jersey, who spent five years painstakingly restoring it to original condition. Mr. Strass sought original and new old-stock parts all over the country, while reproducing others, such as the irreplaceable rubber running board mats and wooden windshield bow, with his own two hands.

As of 1987, when the car was written up for a feature, “Convertible Rarity,” in the 99th issue of Special Interest Autos magazine, it had won AACA Senior honors with new owner Pete Brophy as well as numerous first prizes and best of show wins.

The current owner has maintained the car to the same high standard, noting that it is in fine order throughout and, while somewhat patinaed, remains in beautiful shape and runs and drives very well. Its factory overdrive still works and the Chrysler is a pleasure to drive. It will remain a fine choice for any collector seeking an unusual, distinctive, and truly scarce “convertible rarity” that will certainly be the only example like it on any tour.

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