1956 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer D-500
UPDATE: JULY 15. FOR THOSE OF YOU FOLLOWING THE CAR, $34,000 IS THE ASKING PRICE. THIS IS NEGOTIABLE!. THIS IS A REASONABLE OFFER CAR. TELL ME WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PAY. OWN A LEGEND! GREAT CAR TO ADD TO THE MOPAR LOVER'S COLLECTION.
The car is equipped as follows: 315CI "Super Powered Super Red Ram" 315 Hemi, Engine stamp # 1765, Push button Power Flite transmission, dual Carter 4bbl with progressive linkage, Offenhauser intake manifold, dual Red Ram air cleaners, radio delete. The mileage is believed to be original. This car is very rare. D-500s in this condition are extremely difficult to find. The car presents as a grade 2. This could be a car to complete a Dodge or Chrysler collection, maybe a museum collection. We know that approximately 500 D-500s were produced as homologation cars for NASCAR. How many actually still exist is not known. You can think of the D-500 as the forerunner to the Dodge Daytona or Plymouth Superbird. The D-500 denotes THE MOST POWERFUL ENGINE from Dodge for 1956. Just like the 426 Hemi was the most powerful engine from Dodge in the 60s. In 1956, randomly selected D-500s set or broke 306 standing speed records. These records were at Bonneville and tracks such as ovals or drag strips. In 1956, Arnie Beswick set stock class records in drag racing at 106 mph. The D-500 was second to the Chrysler 300 in NASCAR. The D-500 is a separate model from all other Dodges. It is very difficult to find this car referenced in normal searches. The car uses the Dodge Custom Royal Lancer as its basis. The Dodge D-500 was released December 22, 1955 as a (D63) order. The actual race car version is known as a D-500-1. My car is the street version, not unlike the Daytona or Superbird street cars. The D-500 is a muscle car from the time before the term was coined. The Dodge D-500 was developed under Chrysler President W.C. Newberg by Carl Kiekhaefer of Kiekhaefer Racing. The styling was by Virgil Exner. My D-500 starts, runs, drives and stops the way a car from the mid 50s should. Even though there is no power steering, this is one of the nicest steering cars I have driven. It feels a little like electric assist. The interior is all original according to the previous owner and looks excellent. The car had a thorough body on restoration approximately 10 years ago. I am selling the car because of its rarity and believe the car should be kept in a totally climate controlled environment so it can be preserved in as nice a condition as it is now. I am a driver/hobbyist not a collector. I've driven the car regularly and enjoy driving it. Having owned one of these early hemis, I'm looking forward to having another someday, just not as rare. The car has some provenance and has been looked at by 2 of the leading Dodge/MOPAR experts. I have the car priced in between a higher value listing D-500 and a rough listing D-500. Feel free to offer guidance on the price. These cars are almost impossible to find and compare. Looking for a reasonable offer. You can inspect the car by appointment. I'll buy your ticket home if you don't buy the car. (Coronet, Lancer, Royal Lancer)