The Royal convertible picked to pace the Memorial Day classic race
was finished in Pace Car Yellow and Jewel Black and was equipped
with a Continental kit and Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels. A
Carter AFB 4 barrel carburetor on an Offenhauser intake manifold, a
factory-cataloged dealer installed option, raised the standard
150hp 241cid 2 barrel Red Ram HEMI V8's output to an estimated
200hp, more than sufficient to pace the Memorial Day classic race.
To capitalize on the huge publicity given by pacing the 500, one of
the world's most watched sporting events, Dodge built 701 replicas
of the eye-catching yellow and black pace car for customers. The
Royal 500 Pace Car Edition models all had the correct appearance
and the dealer-installed high-performance 4 barrel intake that
rendered them virtually indistinguishable from the actual pace car
on which they were based. This genuine 1954 Dodge Royal 500 Pace
Car was found in California by its previous owner and given a full
photo-documented restoration that included a rebuilt engine.
Powerflite automatic transmission, steering and brakes. All of the
work was done to a very high standard and it is in gorgeous
condition from top to bottom, inside and out, even including its
irreplaceable original trunk mat without a cutout for the spare
wheel and tire. The work put into this very rare car brought it an
AACA Grand National First Prize in 2014 and it still presents as a
show car. It is a show-quality example of a milestone in Mopar and
Dodge performance history.