Lot 309: Dodge Coronet Lancer Hardtop Coupé
After WW2 Dodge, like the majority of its rivals, recommenced production with face-lifted 1942 models, which in Dodge's case would remain little altered until 1949 when the first new body styles were introduced. The model names 'Wayfarer', 'Meadowbrook' and 'Coronet' were adopted for these new Dodges, the latter signifying the top trim level available. As the 1950s progressed, the 'Jet Age' exercised increasing influence in automobile styling, most memorably in the form of tail fins that became ever more extreme as the years passed, reaching their zenith in 1959. Dodges had been totally restyled for 1957 by Virgil Exner, and this 'swept wing' look continued in exaggerated form into 1959 when the Coronet offered here was made. This car has been in the UK since 1985, spending much of the time cosseted on the Isle of Wight. It is equipped with pushbutton automatic transmission, power steering and electric windows, and has been subtly modified over the years to reflect the previous owner's taste with the addition of Boyd Coddington wheels, rear spats, neon under-body lights in body colour and an extremely powerful yet discretely hidden Pioneer CD sound system. However, this Dodge could very easily be returned to standard specification as none of the modifications have compromised the vehicle's integrity. Both bodywork and interior have been restored and are in good condition while most of the brightwork has been re-plated or replaced over the years. With its exuberant styling and beautiful finish, this car can only be described as stunning. In September 2009 the Dodge was offered for sale at Bonhams' Beaulieu auction (Lot 424) together with other cars belonging to the well-known collector, the late Barry Burnett, who had acquired it in 2006. Purchased by the current vendor at that sale, the Dodge comes complete with a massive history file going back many years recording all the care and attention lavished upon it. A copy of the original build sheet, an owner's handbook and a workshop manual are included in the sale. Offered with Swansea V5, the Dodge has been kept in museum storage for the last four years and will require re-commissioning before returning to the road.
The Beaulieu Sale|
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£8050|
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