1956 Chrysler Windsor SedanSOLD


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Estimate: $10,000-$15,000 US

Sold: $7,700

225bhp, 331 cu. in. V8 engine, two-speed PowerFlite automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"

While Chrysler’s postwar cars were well designed and reliable, their styling failed to inspire many consumers. Salvation came in the form of Virgil Exner, who became Chrysler’s head of advanced styling in 1949. Acting quickly, he culled the best elements of European styling into a series of exciting styling exercises, and while his “Forward Look” of 1955 was somewhat restrained, it was definitely fresh and handsome.

Chrysler’s engineering prowess was confirmed in 1951 with the release of the 331 cubic inch FirePower V8 engine. The “Hemi” engine was the object of great corporate pride but it was rather heavy and costly to produce. Within a few years, the polyspherical, or “poly” engine was introduced, with a lower cost factor and a simpler valvetrain. Additionally, a host of attractive body styles and trim levels were met with great success, and for the first time since the 1930s, Chrysler broke into the top ten in overall sales, and rose to second place in the high price market.

The 1956 Chrysler Windsor Sedan offered here is a very well preserved and highly original example, suitable for touring or survivor-class show duty. It has recently emerged from 15 years of storage, and continues to display a mostly original paint finish in black with newer paint on the roof, accented by the original bright trim. The original interior features a patented Chrysler pushbutton transmission and tinted glass, as well as the original salmon and black upholstery, matching dash and padded dash pad – an early safety feature pioneered by Chrysler. In addition, the original clear plastic accessory seat covers have been replaced, and the car is fitted with a dealer-installed “Equip-Aire 707” air conditioning unit that works perfectly, as well as power steering and power brakes.

The current owner advises that this Chrysler has recently been mechanically recommissioned, and that it is ready to cruise with a strong V8 engine and a PowerFlite two-speed automatic transmission. Today, the Windsor shows approximately 40,000 miles and with its wonderful patina, including its original air vent, gas tank and body decals, is everything one could want in a stylish, powerful and well-equipped car from the fabulous fifties.

Reference Number 38528

as of 2/10/2009

Car 1956 Chrysler Windsor Sedan
VIN W5656960 
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