1934 Dodge DR Convertible Coupe Former "Best of Show" AACA
Nationals "First Place Winner" Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance
Impressive, rare, and incredibly well preserved since the complete
and accurate restoration prior to winning two of the most coveted
Show awards in the country. At the time S. Ray Miller of Indiana
was presenting his '34 Dodge DR at prestigious shows, he also owned
and managed "One of the Ten Best Small Automobile Museums In the
Country" -Car Collector Magazine. The resources to own the "Best"
were at his disposal. He made several contributions of vehicles to
the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn Indiana. Failing health
caused the sale of his remaining $6,000,000 collection in 2004. At
that time, the buyer of this '34 DR paid $72,600. A testament to
the quality and integrity of the restoration is simply its current
condition. Our seller has thoroughly enjoyed many moments of great
pride of ownership with this beautiful "work of art" from the
1930s, and now, is ready to pass stewardship to the next fortunate
owner. You will always love having this masterpiece within viewing
distance, yes, although just as important, this Convertible Coupe
is well sorted and is ready to enjoy driving immediately upon
arrival to your door.
From our seller:
"Wow, it has been an honor to own this 1934 Dodge DR Convertible
Coupe. There were only 1,239 of this model built, in 1934. This is
an amazing, fully restored example of this beautiful body style. It
is still as stunning today as it was when it was restored, and
judged "Best of Show" at the Antique Automobile Club of America
event and 1st Place Winner at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance
in 1994. The two-tone yellow paint and pin stripping provide
amazing accents and color contrast. The chrome is perfect and the
216 CID inline 6 cylinder engine and the 3-speed transmission work
perfectly together. It is almost impossible to use the word perfect
when it comes to selling any vehicle, but this vehicle for its age
and condition comes very close."
Notable Highlights include:
Special Yellow with a Tan Convertible Top
"Natural" Brown Leather Interior
Rear Mounted Travel Trunk
Dual Side Mounted Spares w/Covers
Dual Horns and Headlights
Steel Spoke Wheels
Leaping Ram Hood Ornament (First Year)
Basic information available from searchable information
1934 Dodge DR Deluxe Six Series Convertible Coupe
Type: DR Deluxe Six Series Convertible Coupe
Engine: 3569cc straight-6 L-Head
Power: 82 bhp / 3.600 rpm
Speed: 100 km/h
Production time: 1934
Production outlet: 1,239
Curb weight: 1380 kg
DR Models Two-door Business Coupe 8,723 R/S Coupe 5,323 Convertible
Coupe 1,239 Sedan 7,308
- The 1934 Dodge lineup was typical of early 1930s styling, sharing
some (Chrysler) corporate technical highlights like hydraulic
brakes, synchromesh transmission, a new independent front
suspension system, three trim levels, a new streamlined V-type
radiator, skirted fenders in both the front and the rear, large
bullet-shaped chrome plated headlamps (a pair of "Trippe" lights)
and an unusual lever-operated two-way vent window, which
disappeared after the 1934 model year.
- It also had a new "leaping ram" type hood ornament.
- It has a helical selective sliding three-speed manual gearbox
(floor shift), wood grain dashboard, a Stromberg EX-22
single-barrel downdraft carburetor, a 6-Volts electric system,
Delco-Remy distributor and coil ignition system, floor mats, dual
external horns, a single plate power type dry disc clutch (9 7/8
inches), rubber step pads and rear-wheel drive.
- The steel chassis (X-type full frame with a double-drop bridge
type and a seven-inch deep channel) has a steel body, a 117-inch
wheelbase, a hood with three horizontal louvers, with lengths
following the upper portion of the front fenders, worm & double
roller steering (semi-irreversible), independent suspension with
semi-elliptic leaf springs (protected with metal covers at the
rear), hydraulic shock absorbers (front were double-acting), solid
front axle and a semi-floating type live rear axle, internal
four-wheel hydraulic 10 inches drum brakes and steel wheels, tire
size 6.25 x 16.
- Steel spoke wheels were optional, selective cam-and-roller
free-wheeling, both front and rear bumpers, metal "side mount"
covers, bumper guards, a spot lamp, a chrome radiator shell,
exterior rearview mirrors, metal spare tire cover, body
pinstriping, and special paint.
From Hemmings Motor News/Hemmings Classic Car (May 2008):
For the 1934 model year, Dodges were heavier, longer, and had more
powerful engines than their predecessors. The basic Dodge, the DR
"DeLuxe" series, had a 117-inch wheelbase, while the larger, more
expensive DS "DeLuxe Special" series rode on a longer 121-inch
wheelbase; both models have large teardrop-shaped headlamp
nacelles, styled hood louvers and skirted fenders, which make these
cars very attractive.
A lower-priced model created to meet the needs of the
Depression-era market was the DRXX "Standard Six;" it was offered
with a painted radiator shell, no safety glass, and no pinstriping.
However, according to John Bittance, editor of Dodge Brothers Club
News, "the DRXX wasn't very popular, probably because it was just
$20 less than a DR model."Within its price class, these Dodge
models offered a heavier frame, all-steel body and
Chrysler-engineered engine, transmission, suspension, and hydraulic
brakes, including full cooling and oiling systems. "This is why
Dodge Brothers cars were preferred by performance demonstrators,
such as the Hell Drivers," John said.While the aftermarket for
Dodges may not be as strong as that for the early Ford V-8 models,
there are plenty of enthusiasts and used parts out there to help
restore and maintain a '34 Dodge.Here at Hemmings, we have a 1934
Dodge panel truck that has made three cross-country treks in the
last four years; we competed with it in The Great Race and
experienced no mechanical breakdowns. This panel truck shares the
same straight-six engine and mechanicals as the sedans, so we know
firsthand just how reliable and durable these Dodges are.
Vin: 3709215Body Number: DR20071S
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