1954 Chrysler Windsor Sedan
The Chrysler Building is one of the most beloved of New York City's
skyscrapers, an architectural manifestation of both the Art Deco
era and the automobile age. Famous as it may be, the Chrysler
Building holds many fascinating secrets, compounded by the fact
that it is difficult to visit and doesn't offer tours, unlike the
Woolworth Building and the Empire State Building. The Cloud Club
once belonged to a group of mile-high power lunch spots in New York
City atop the city's most distinctive skyscrapers. The New York
Times calls The Cloud Club "the inspiration for many of the
others." It was initially designed for Texaco, which occupied 14
floors of the Chrysler Building, and used as a restaurant for
executives. It opened with 300 members of New York City's business
Our current consignor purchased this car from a dealer in 2018.
This 1954 Windsor comes to us with nice chrome trimmings and plenty
of them, and worn patina paint. A few cosmetic issues can be found
in the interior, but a nice overall BIG car for the collection or
someone who wants to tinker around with the cosmetics, all the
while retaining the ability to drive around and show off.
Big chrome adorns this car on every corner, and it's all looking
just fine and with a shine. A large thick lower front bumper leads
the way and just above a wraparound thick chrome trimming encircles
the grille opening. The upper trim dips down to allow for the
single head lighting with lower turn signals to top the front of
each quarter panel. Just forward of the wheel well in front, a
thick trim spear begins its journey to the end of the front doors.
Below just behind the wheel well are chromed winglike adornments
which have a stainless rocker covering below. This wraps the bottom
of the car and leads us to the rear quarter which has a nifty
smooth bump out for the rear tires and wheels. Another winglike
trimming wraps the front of the quarter curve and has another short
term seat coming off the top and wrapping around the rear tail
lighting. A large tall rounded bulbous hood with a chromed jet hood
ornament is up front, and leads our eye back to the front glass
which is also trimmed in bling! A sporty C pillar is on back and
has a forward raking angle to it which frees a curved rear glass on
back. The top of this car is light blue, and the remainder of the
steel behind all this chrome is a dulled patina mix of various
blues, worn off paint, scratches and some dents, (in the trim too),
and some surface rust in the really worn off areas. On the back is
a large rounded trunk lid, with a big chrome bumper framing the
bottom. Vertical split taillights with a central round white backup
light are on the rounded "fins" of the rear quarters to each side
of the trunk. Shiny polished wheel coverings are wrapped by black
wall tires on all 4 corners.
Opening all the doors we see dark blue ribbed vinyl toppers and
some fuzzy light blue broadcloth below and just a hint of more dark
blue vinyl for the bottoms. Shiny trimmings delineate the panels on
these doors. These present in various stages of disrepair with some
having torn or non-existent armrests, others smudged light blue
fuzzy panels and wrinkled loose vinyl bottoms. Inside the benches
are dark blue vinyl for the seat tubs and top thirds of the seats.
In the middle is a rectangular dimensional texture pattern light
blue broadcloth. The rear bench has a similar motif, and both
benches show some staining on the lighter blue broadcloth. The dash
is painted in the matching dark blue for the instrument cluster
surround. The cluster has a machined aluminum panel that houses 2
large round instruments, the turn signal indicators and some
warning lights, with various turn knobs below the steering column
which presents in the same dark blue color. The upper dash has a
now faded to green ribbed padded panel. In front of the dash, is
the green bakelite faded steering wheel and to its right is a
horizontal shiny panel which houses the radio, temp sliders and
mesh covered speakers just above the passenger glove box which is
more dark blue painted metal. Faded blue carpeting floods the
floors, and above is a faded mohair headliner with some water
stains and small tears within its realm.
Under the hood we see the gray 264ci Inline 6-cylinder mill which
is topped with an oil bath air cleaner and a 1-barrel carburetor.
Attached to the rear of the I-6 is a Powerflite 2-speed automatic.
The rear axle weighs in at 3.90.
Heavy surface rust covers most of the undercarriage panels and
suspension. The rear and side inner rockers are rusted out, and
floor pans have some chip off of the dirty rustproofing, but only
have minor rust, just factory paint on these where it has worn off
rustproofing. The frame is solid, but the rockers and those inner
panels will eventually need some attention. Drum brakes present on
all 4 corners.
This car does start right up and runs smoothly. Brakes are good for
the drums, and handling is cumbersome due to it being a large metal
car on coil sprung and leaf sprung suspension. Some electrical
issues cropped up during the drive and those include the radio,
horn, turn signals and gas gauge which were all inoperable. The gas
gauge did come to life occasionally, but remained mostly
Some TLC for this old gal, and throw in some elbow grease and minor
wrenching, bodywork and interior cleaning and recovering, and you
will have a wonderful big car example of living large Chrysler
style ca. 1954.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.