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Automobiles. All Mopar / All Years / All Models
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Larry Zappone ,
1956 DeSoto Adventurer
Adventurer - 320 horsepower hemi with dual 4 bbl Carter WCFBs, and
a demonstrated top speed of 144 mph (not by me!). This was DeSoto's equivalent to the Chrysler 300B, Dodge
D-500, and the Plymouth Fury, and was available in six exclusive color
combinations of white & gold, black & gold, or black and white,
with a gold & tweed interior to match. Only 996 Adventurers were
built, in a single two week run. This car is equipped with the
optional HighWay HiFi
16 rpm record player, the InstantAire gasoline
heater, and the 16 jewel Benrus self winding
steering wheel watch. I have owned my Adventurer for almost 30
years - restoration was completed in 1990.
Larry Zappone ,
1956 DeSoto Pace Car Convertible
1956 DeSoto Indianapolis Pace Car convertible - When DeSoto was awarded
the job of pacing the 1956 Indy 500 mile race, a Fireflite convertible was
decked out in the Adventurer's exclusive color and trim package to do the
honors. An estimated 200-300 were also built for sale to the
general public. Two cars were prepared for the actual
race (one as a backup), and it is highly probable that these were
equipped with the 320 hp Adventurer engine in lieu of the standard 255 hp
hemi. Pat Flaherty won the race and was awarded the actual Pace
Car. This car was acquired in 1994, restoration was completed
in 2002, and it's first showing was the WPC fall show in Victoria, B.C.
1960 Chrysler Windsor, Mel Shotten
I grew up in Detroit and my father bought Chryslers. When he
was trading in his 1956 Windsor four door in 1960, I begged him to go to
a new Windsor convertible. I thought it might help me with the
girls when I was a senior in high school. Well he did buy one for
his only child—and it did help with the girls (although not as much as I
hoped). Then I went out of town for college, but returned for the
next summer. One day my father dropped the Chrysler off at a
neighborhood gas station for an oil change and asked me to pick it up
after I got back from my summer job. When I walked over to the
station, there were police cars and lots of red accident tape. When
I looked for my beloved convertible, I saw it upside down in the
demolished station, totally crushed. Evidently, the serviceman had
placed the hoist wrong—without properly adjusting the movable arms--and
the car had slipped off, caught on the front of the engine block, swung
around, entirely destroyed one of the brick and glass wall of the station,
and then landed upside down, virtually totaled. My father blamed me
for the whole mess—i.e. it would not have happened if he had not been
weak in buying me that damned convertible—and promptly went out and
bought a Pontiac sedan.
This past January when by chance a friend interested in Detroit Iron told
me there was an eBay ad for a 1960 Windsor located in Arizona which
looked great, seemed rust free and had a claimed 48,000 original miles on
it. When to cut a long story short, I called the owner in Arizona,
bought the car (with a considerable leap of faith since I did not have it
inspected) and had it shipped to then-wintery Ohio.
1960 Chrysler Saratoga, Ian & Shannon Smale,
Victoria, BC , Canada - a Pacific
I sold our 1962 Chrysler 300-Sport after 26
years and bought this in June 2008. This is a rust free, Southern
California car and spent its entire life in L.A until I bought it.
It is well optioned with power steering, power brakes, power windows, 6-way
power swivel seats, Solex Glass, with top tint
on front and rear glass, deluxe padded steering wheel with clear lucite rim, Mirror-Matic
(automatic-dipping rear view mirror), flight-sweep deck lid, rear bumper
guards, body side color sweep, dual fender mirrors with left remote
control, Golden-Tone AM radio, and aftermarket Mark-IV A/C under dash. The car has a Golden Lion 383 with a
Carter four barrel carb. . Album of the car
New Yorker convertible
Francois Maugin, France
My 1960 Chrysler New Yorker is the only one of this
type in France in this condition. I found it under an amount of cartons
in a garage. It was not in glorious conditions and it took me several
years to have it usable.
Crown Imperial 8 Passenger Sedan.
I purchased the car in 2007 as a
retirement project. The Imperial
required a lot work and time to restore.
Had I known now how difficult it would be get parts, I probably
would not have picked such a rare car.
All is now worth it as I get so much pleasure and comfort with
it. The thrill of sitting behind
the wheel, driving it, feeling it's hemi engine
power or just riding in the spacious fancy rear compartment is blissful
Chrysler Windsor Newport Highlander.
Don Feller, Portland Oregon
the New” has been in our family since 1978 and came with only 60K miles
and still is in mostly original condition. Today at 81K miles she
is ready for more touring. She has been treated to a paint job
& new front seat in 1978, and wire wheels recently. She has
faithfully taken us to Victoria, BC three times already as well as many
tours in the north west. “Winnie” began life in L.A on Aug 15, 1950
and resided in Portland ever since. I took my driver’s exam at 16
in a ’50 Windsor and always appreciated the ‘fluid drive’, despite never
being able to ‘burn some rubber’.
1949 Dodge D-32 C
Special Deluxe four door sedan (Canadian Production)
Jenkins Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
purchased this Automobile as the second owner from W.G.Barbour
Chrysler/Dodge dealer here on Prince Edward Island in 1968 .
I added an exterior sun visor and other Mopar accessories,
presently the car
has about 43000 original miles and is an exceptional solid and dependable
The car is driven every year during our short summer season and spends
each year in storage up on jacks .
This Canadian model Dodge is about exactly the same as the American built
Plymouth ,basically only the grill is different
1961 Chrysler Saratoga 4 door
Christopher Gannon, Victoria, BC Canada.
beautiful car was found sitting in storage in NewWestminster,
BC in May 2018 after a 37 year sleep.
It’s all original including paint and interior, in remarkable
condition. This car was once owned
by WPC Member George LaBash and can be seen in
the March 1980 Winter Photo Meet issue of the WPC News. I bought it from his grandson. We gently coaxed this car back to life
and installed a complete new muffler system and went over the brakes,
including a rebuilt booster.
This is a Canadian built 1961 Chrysler, hence the model
name Saratoga, which was
discontinued in the US after 1960.
It’s model designation is RC-2-M which corresponds to the US
built 1961 Windsor, the middle model in the lineup. It is currently wearing 1958 Chrysler
Chrysler 300 Sport Convertible. Owner - Christopher Gannon,
Victoria, BC Canada
This car was found sitting in
the desert behind a shed in Southern California in 2013. It
was in running condition but sun baked. I bought it and had it
transported to Victoria, BC / Vancouver Island where we live and while
rummaging around iunder the dash one day, I found a slip of
paper. That slip of paper was a Chrysler Special Car Order
sheet, and this car was built specifically for Mr. Robert
Keller, son of former Chrysler preident K.T.
Keller. It's wearing original sun baked paint and the paint code is
also a special order, an Imperial color for 1962. This car
has a 413 4 barrel, and has now been rebuilt.
Chrysler 300-C - 2009 photo -
still wearing its original paint and upholstery.
John & Arlys Chesnutt, Portland
" Today "
John and Arlys were married in July 1959,
and celebrated their 50th anniversary July 2009. John
dated Arlys in this car in 1958. They
brought their babies home from the hospital in this car.
girl, there was the car. And now, after more than 50 years of twists and
turns, the girl and the car remain at the heart of a love
story". See the full story and video here
Chrysler 300-C - 1958 photo
John & Arlys Chesnutt, Portland
The Early Days "
the girl, there was the car. And now, after more than 50 years of twists
and turns, the girl and the car remain at the heart of a love
story". See the full story and video here
Dodge Lil Red Express Truck Bruce Bouvet, Victoria, BC
by MOPARS while I was growing up was nothing new as both my parents were
in the automotive business. By the time the LRE came into
production my naval career was well under way and I had both a Valiant
Convertible and Barracuda in my garage. This did not however stop
me from approaching my Dad to sell me a LRE new. The conversation
ended in IT’S NOT A PRACTICAL TRUCK. I did however own the family
1972 Dodge Adventure SE for several years. Fast forward to 5 years
ago I spotted a LRE for sale on the mainland. At first I was
hesitant to enquire as the ad was listed by a commercial seller( thinking
he was a curber). Finally I decided to move on it and told my wife
I was going to sell my fishing boat to make room for one more MOPAR.
When she asked what I had in mind I told her a Little Red Express truck,
her immediate response was “Oh that’s the truck with the exhaust stacks
behind the cab”. This really caught me by surprise as other than
the occasional ride in the existing fleet I thought she new nothing about
vehicles. Turns out the truck was owned by the stepfather of the
one placing the Ad. He had it listed through his sports equipment
business. He himself was a Chevy guy. A deal was struck and I
brought it home and set to work clearing up some non correct
issues. An AM/FM cassette stereo had been added and a non factory
tach stuck out of the dash. The build sheet called for an AM/FM
stereo 8 track and factory tach. I was able to obtain both these
items on the internet.
bedside rails were also added. There were also a few leak issues
that I had to address.
added little red trailer started out as a long shot pipe dream but came
together rather quickly after placing an Ad for a Dodge short box step
side box. At that time all I had were the factory wheels. The
whole project took little over a year to complete.
Valiant Custom 100 Convertible Bruce
Bouvet, Victoria, BC Canada \
This Valiant Custom 100 Convertible has been in the
family for 50 years. My Dad first brought it home for my Mom in
1969 after bringing it in on a trade-in at a Vancouver Chrysler
dealership were he was a salesman. The original owner a middle aged
lady just wanted something newer. I have had the car since 1972
after my parents decided to purchase a 1972 Dodge Adventure SE to tow
their trailer. This was the second car I ever owned and served as a
principle driver for a few years. I eventually would own the
Adventure SE and semi retired the convertible. The slant 6 still
runs strong with just over 83k miles. The car is pretty much
original (aside of your general maintenance) having only minor cosmetic
interior work, a new top and a repaint. It still sports the
original boot cover.
1965 Valiant Barracuda Bruce Bouvet, Victoria,. BC Canada
Having owned my 1965 Valiant Custom 100 convertible
for many years I collected numerous spare parts. Finally in the
early 80s I decided to put them to good use. I had always liked the
Valiant (Canadian) Barracuda remembering having my Dad bring one home as
his dealership supplied demonstrator.
I located one car but eventually found the rust issues far beyond my
capabilities. However as luck would have it a family friend had one
that he was willing to let go. Overall the car was in good shape
other than the fact it had been attacked (painted) with a brush and
roller inside and out in two tone blue. Over the next several years
I set to work giving it a frame on restoration. But as usual life
gets in the way, what with my naval career and family health
issues. The project took almost 14 years to complete and if not for
a kick in the seat of my pants by a fellow friend who was restoring a
Valiant Convertible the car might still be in the garage collecting
dust. This one is also powered by the 225ci
1965 Valiant Barracuda Commando Bruce Bouvet, Victoria,. BC Canada
Well once you get the bug there you never cease to be interested in what
is out there. This 1965 Valiant Commando Barracuda was owned by one
of our local club members for some time. It had been off the road
for many years after a garage it was being stored in along with his
wife’s 1965 V-8 Barracuda was virtually destroyed by a falling
tree. The Commando car came out pretty much unharmed while his
wife’s car sustained heavy damage but was eventually repaired and
sold. Anyway it was mentioned to me in passing that the Commando
car was for sale. Arrangements were made to look at it and I
brought my cheque book just in case. I really did not need it but
the Commando V-8 feature drew me like a
magnet. A deal was struck and the car was trailered home. The
engine had been rebuilt but the transmission and brakes needed to be
done. Also new seat covers, headliner, new carpet and new tires
were added. This car is always a crowd pleaser with the factory
rally stripe and red line tires.