Rarely do you find a distinct two-tone classic like this for a
value price. So take a longer look at this 1955 Dodge Coronet
Lancer. It has the right vintage appearance everywhere from the
hardtop profile to the correct V8 under the hood. And it has the
smooth-running nature to be that terrific cruising true classic
you've been searching for.
The new for 1955 Coronet began the Virgil Exner era at Dodge, and
there's a reason why this designer is so revered. It's because his
cars helped define what it was like to drive in the optimistic
1950s. You see it in the way the trim wraps around the front and
continues down the sides like an almost unbroken line is a hallmark
of this new era. And in this case, it also separated the two-tone.
If the total impression of the red with a white wave in the middle
feels familiar, just think of a Coca-Cola bottle. And you can't get
much more all-American than that! There's elegance even in the
details like the Lancer hardtop, fender skirts, whitewall tires,
and a hint of tailfin. It all makes for a detail-oriented classic.
And we like that it is presented to be bright and clean but with
the right hints of age so that this looks like a respected cruiser
rather than garage art.
Red continues inside and now it's joined by a tasteful gray. We
like the details like the comfy velour seat inserts, bright red
carpet, and even a hint of tuck and roll pattern in the doors. And
the driver's seat feels like a time capsule, right down to the
insignia steering wheel and bright round gauges. It's the kind of
total appearance that makes for the right mix of true classic style
and a clean/comfy feeling that makes sure everyone will happily go
for a ride. After all, rolling down all the windows and going for
at least one summer night ice cream run is practically classic car
law when you have a two-tone hardtop.
The engine bay is particularly impressive for multiple reasons.
First, the Polyspheric 270 cubic-inch Red Ram motor is seldom seen
today. And because we have what's believed to be the original
warranty booklet, it notes the engine number that matches the one
on the block. So we have a very rare occasion of a 1950s vehicle
with a significant motor and numbers-matching documentation!
Another part of this motor that we love is the way it runs. It has
the smooth purr of proper maintenance. And while this Dodge wants
you to feel the road in the unique way of a classic American
cruiser, details like the automatic transmission and
glasspack-style dual exhaust make sure you really enjoy the
Not only does the sale come complete with the important warranty
booklet, but also some nice extras like the shop manual, owner's
manual, and a model car. It all makes for the cool kind of cruiser
that's fun to own and drive. So if you want to be the one to show
up at every Cars & Coffee in the state with something quite unique,
then you need to get your hands on this Mopar hardtop. Call
1955 Dodge Coronet
Location:Ft Worth, Texas
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