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|1975 Dodge Coronet
Michael Bonkowski -
My late parents purchased her back in July, 1978 in Hot
Springs, AK when our RV broke down and we had to get home.
Being that my family was die-hard FoMoCo, it was an
oddity in a house full of Fords and Mercurys.
1985, I was a senior in high school and I needed a car to
drive. Well, my
dad gave me my first car,
this actual car.
I drove it a few weeks and complained about driving a
10 year old “wagon” in high school.
Little did I know that complaint would save her!
was parked in a friend’s field for the next 10-12 years
before thoughts of restoring it and driving her in the
Woodward Dream Cruise.
How hard can restoring a wagon be??
Starting with rusted metal, standing water & algae in
the interior, I began the process.
Now 20+ years, 4 parts cars and two restorations
later, one being a ground up, she looks great.
been stopped at gas stations and strangers have asked to
just sit in my car since they remember someone they grew up
with had a car just like that.
At shows, people drag their kids over and show them
the third seat and say “That’s where I sat growing up with
Even modern kids get a kick out of the rear facing
been in several newspaper articles and in the documentary
“Wagonmasters-The Movie” as well as other local appearances.
the top trim level of the Coronet wagon line, it’s odd that
she only has a 318 engine, but I’ve kept her stock (except
for a change from vinyl to cloth seats) and only added items
that would have been available as an option on the car, such
as the Rallye wheels.
Only concession to the modern world is the A/C
She may not be a muscle car but she is rare and quite fun to
daughter has already asked to drive it.
But not till she’s older and well trained!
|1956 Plymouth Savoy,
Mark Dambrosio, Orange County CA.
When I was 18 I had in 1956 Plymouth Savoy 2 door hardtop
273 v8 2 barrel pushbutton TorqueFlite 2 speed. Fast forward
to today and in 30 years I have not seen another in person
until about a month ago when at a local museum I saw this
car... and long story short worked out a deal to get it. It
is an ex Harrah's collection car. I have all the
the broadcast sheets... the build
sheet from the Chrysler Historic Society.... and a volume
compiled from the National Auto Museum ie the Harrah's
collection. It is a 27,000 miles original survivor that did
spend many of her years on display but it is 100% original
paint and interior. Now that I own her I feel like I'm a
custodian of Americana and History but I do plan on showing
the car and letting the judges decide. it is already won two
best in shows in the unrestored category.
1940 Chrysler Windsor
I purchased this 1940 Chrysler C25 Windsor at Hershey
show in 2003 from a private person who sold the car on
behalf of an old lady from Rahway, PA. She was first
owner, the mileage was 35.000
miles on the clock. The body and mechanics on the car was
in very, very good shape, although the interior was rotten
and the mice had build nests inside. I disassembled the
major parts like doors, fenders, hood
and trunk door for restoration. All new old style safety
glass was done. The body got a new paint, but very near to
original tone in silk gray. RAL tone
7044 matches perfectly. No frame off restoration
was necessary, all is extremely straight and no rust was on
this car. Only some dents and very much faded and chalked
paint. Right now I am assembling the interior. That has
been renewed in dark blue and I hope to finish the car for
the "big" Germany Chrysler meeting in
Datteln, Germany in August 2006.
1938 Chrysler C-18 Royal Rumble Seat Coupe
Ole C Renskoug,
This rare car - only 363 were built - came to Norway in
1938. I incidentally bought it as my first car in 1965
for celebrating High School. Marrying in 1972, we drove from
the church in it. Having been in use all year round,
it was de-registered in 1974 – not being a very practical
family car - but I decided to restore it when I became a
pensioner. Thus it has sat in my garage and only been driven
in the yard every year until 2010.
Later investigating its history,
the car was initially purchased as a gift to a farmer’s son
on his 20th birthday. The Build card lists
a number of options like overdrive, fender skirts, clock,
chrome horn ring and wheel rings, etc.. Sadly, the son was
killed during WW2. The car subsequently had three local
owners from 1946 till 1959, when the latter moved to Oslo,
and where I purchased it for approx. 125 dollars!
Having had no suitable garage facilities, my main task as
been to source and purchase parts – everywhere from Hawaii
USA to New Zealand - and administering the project. The
body, paint and interior have been excellently restored in
Latvia, and the original engine was likewise rebuilt at a
pro-shop here in Norway. I have done most of the
undercarriage parts myself, and final assembly in a rented
garage with great assistance of passionate friends.
The car is re-registered on its the original 1938 plate, and
I have done around 700 miles in it this summer. Whilst
originally painted “Chinchilla Grey Poly”, I have adopted
close to the 1938 “Chinese Gold Poly” body color.
Needless to say, the car attracts great attention
1963 Imperial Crown Convertible
1955 Desoto Firedome Sportsman
1931 Chrysler CM Roadster.
This 1931 CM roadster was found in Quebec by a fellow New
England collector in
mid 1980s; he sold it to me shortly after bringing it home.
All there and
only one brake piston was moving when I got it! A complete
rebuild, radiator and fuel-tank boil-out, oil-pan cleaning,
new top and a set of
and my uncle & I drove from Rhode Island to Hershey and
back. That was a
ago. It’s currently under a bunch of stuff in my garage but
I hope to
to the road by this time next year!
1979 Chrysler LeBaron Medallion - Fridrik R. Eggertsson, Iceland
This car was originally scheduled to go to Saudi Arabia but for some reason ended on a
layover place in Germany. From that place it was bought by the Chrysler
dealership in Iceland about a year later along with several other LeBaron cars.
This car was first registered in Iceland in July 1980. The build sheet of the
car registers a build date of 13th. of December 1978 at the St. Louis, Missouri
plant. This car came with well equipped with power windows, power driver's
seat, power trunk lid release, remote controlled door mirrors. It also had T-Bar
roof as well as the E-58 360 cu.in. four barrel engine rated at 195 hp.
According to mr. Galen V. Govier only 556 of those cars were made with the E-58
engine and only 860 had the T-Bar roof so the question remains how many had
1949 Dodge Wayfarer Roadster
Ross and Annie Horton,
Whidbey Island, WA
The 1949 Dodge roadster I obtained from a Lady In Oregon who
was the 2nd and 4th owner. It ran well enough to drive home
(about 300 mi.) I spent the Winter of 1997 refreshing it
and It has been a consisted prize winner. The 1949 Dodge
Wayfarer roadster was a true roadster as it has no side
windows. It uses side curtains.
roadster was part of the Wayfarer line and was built on 115"
wheelbase. The Meadowbrook and Coronet lines were on 123
1/2" W.B. You could also order this body with roll up
windows for $35 more. The car listed at $1727 which was
about $100 less than Ford or Chevy. rag
1949 Plymouth Suburban
Ross and Annie Horton,
Whidbey Island, WA
The 1949 Suburban is Annie's grocery getter. I located
this one in Indiana May of 2004. Took it for a test
drive and again drove it home. 2400 mi. this time and
no problems. This car has had a paint job,
rechromed bumpers and the front
seat cushions re done the rest is as I bought it plus a
little soap and water.
The 1949 Plymouth Suburban was
the first all steel station wagon from Chrysler Corp.
It was part of the Deluxe line which was built on a 111"
wheelbase. The Special Deluxe line was on a 118
1/2" W.B. The Suburban listed for $1840.
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