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For Sale: 1937 Chrysler Royal
in Cleveland, Ohio

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Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
26210 Emery Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128-2251
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NEW PRICE! One of only 642 built and only 14 rumored to exist. Nice older restoration that starts, runs, and drives well. Fender skirts included.

Restored some years ago, this 1937 Chrysler Royal shows quite well, with shiny paint that looks right on the 1930s curves, and good attention to detail throughout. The finish is a deep, rich maroon that shows very few signs of use and no age-related issues, and a recent detail has given it a high shine that really attracts a lot of attention out on the road. Up close, you’ll notice a lot of wonderful styling details such as the taillight lens trim, the miniature reproduction of the front-end used as a license plate light, and the wonderfully intricate grilles that wrap around the nose of the car. The chrome appears to have all been refinished, with the only issue being the side grilles, which must have been pitted at the time and were not able to be repaired to 100% new condition. Matching fender skirts are included, as shown in the photos, and have a dramatic impact on the car’s overall look.

The interior is nicely finished in narrow-pleated red leather, nicely matched to the bodywork and ideal for a car that will spend its time in the sun. The leather is older, but still in good condition and actually looks better in person than it does in photos, due to the sun and the flash’s tendency to magnify the wrinkles. It’s pretty darned nice. The instruments are perhaps where this car requires some TLC, as the speedometer is not working (and therefore we cannot verify mileage), and it appears that the ammeter and fuel gauges were installed upside-down, although they remain functional. There’s also an original Philco radio in the dash with a speaker underneath, and the 1937 Royal was one of the first cars to offer defroster vents for the windshield, as well as a firewall-mounted hot water heater. As is common, however, the radio, heater, and clock are not functional, but all the components are there. Overhead there’s a nicely trimmed tan canvas top that can be stowed and erected by one person, although it’s a lot easier with two.

Chrysler’s line of inline-six engines was famously praised for reliability and smoothness, and that’s the case here as well. With 228 cubic inches and 93 horsepower, it compares favorably to eight cylinder engines from Buick and Packard, and idles so smoothly you can barely hear it. It fires almost instantly when you hit the floor-mounted starter pedal, and idles so silently you need to watch the oil pressure gauge to be certain it’s still running. On the road, it moves the convertible sedan well enough to keep up with traffic, but as is typical of cars of the period, it is happiest at speeds under 60 MPH. Twist the hood ornament and open the hood to find that the engine was nicely detailed during the restoration and shows very few signs of use since, with silver engine enamel, a neatly detailed carburetor, and all-new wiring throughout. The original generator, accessory oil filter, and special spark plug wire separator remain in place and it all works as it should.

Underneath, the chassis was also detailed, but does show some signs of use today. The three-speed manual transmission is fully synchronized, so it shifts easily, and the brakes are confidence-inspiring at speed. The suspension is supple, and it’s worth noting that Chrysler was one of the first companies to adopt a fully independent front suspension, giving this one a very modern feel on the road. The original steel wheels were painted to match the body and given cream pinstripes for contrast, and now wear 6.50-16 wide whitewall tires that have lots of life left in them.

Rare, stylish, and remarkably practical, this Chrysler Royal offers a great alternative to, say, a Ford V8 or even something more upscale like a Buick Special. With rarity on its side and truly dramatic good looks, it will always be the center of attention, and its road manners will make the driver its biggest fan. In need of only some minor TLC to return to top condition, it’s a screaming bargain for the Chrysler fan looking for something a little different. Call us today and we’ll tell you all about it!

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Vehicle Location

United States
City, State
Cleveland, OH
Vehicle Basics

Trim Level
Convertible Sedan

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Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Exterior
Very Good

Interior Details


Seat Material

Accessories and Customizations

Restoration History
Partially Restored

Condition of Interior

Engine Details

Engine Configuration
Inline 6

Engine Size
228 cubic inches

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Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

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