1957 Silver ArrowSOLD

RM Auctions - The Ponder Collection - Texas - April 20-21st, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $50,000 - $75,000


$30,250 Sold

283 cu. in. Chris-Craft KFL V8 engine, dual Carter carburetors, mahogany and fiberglass hull. Length: 19'

Back in the 1950s, car manufacturers had discovered the beauty of fiberglass; it was light and easy to shape, yet strong and durable. Before long, boat builders realized this product was ideally suited for their applications. At the time, Chris-Craft was a leading builder of pleasure craft in America and although they had been experimenting with fiberglass in their designs, in 1957 they took it to a whole new level when they started work on a whole new fiberglass boat.

Made available to the public in 1958, the Chris-Craft Silver Arrow used a fiberglass shell molded around a traditional nineteen-foot planked hull. It was painted in a very attractive two-tone color combination, with a metallic blue deck and silver hull. It also featured (almost a requisite for being built in 1958) a pair of prominent fins at the rear. In its day the Chris-Craft Silver Arrow was one of the most admired powerboats available. Its unique construction as well as its sleek, stylish profile and trim hull started a trend that spread throughout the industry.

With its power and maneuverability the Chris-Craft Silver Arrow was known as the “Sports Car on Water” back in the late 1950s. This was a justly applied title considering it was capable of speeds up to 36mph, and could easily tow a pyramid of water-skiers. Yet, the Silver Arrow was versatile as it had a family-sized seating capacity of five.

The 1958 Chris-Craft Silver Arrow presented here was verified by the Chris-Craft Registry at the National Mariner’s Museum to be hull number SA-19-012, delivered new to Arkansas, March 5th, 1958.

Subjected to extensive restoration work, the hull and keel have been fully reconditioned and repainted, while the glass, fittings and vinyl interior were replaced with new. Today the factory correct silver and metallic blue paint displays some cracks in the finish as well as some evidence of use. As for the interior, it has held up remarkably well, sporting like-new Tango Red and blue vinyl upholstery.

Navigating this vessel is much like driving a sports car; it has a full set of rebuilt gauges in the dash, a large three spoke steering wheel with a chrome horn ring and the throttle pedal mounted on the floor. This sensation is further emphasized by the excellent performance the big Chris-Craft KFL 283 cu. in. V8 engine provides, and its sports-car-like rumble at idle. With two Carter carburetors, chrome valve covers and a Mallory ignition system, the engine also looks the part.

Over the years, thousands of American families have owned Chris-Crafts including the Vanderbilts, the Fords, the Firestones, the Sloans and the Morgans. Both U.S. presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy enjoyed Chris-Craft boats to escape and relax with their families.

The Chris-Craft Silver Arrow marks a pivotal point in the evolution of leisure boating and is a must for any powerboat collector or Chris-Craft enthusiast. Only 92 of these rare, early Chris-Craft fiberglass boats were built between 1958 and 1959. This Silver Arrow comes complete with a tandem axle trailer. So, Captain all that is required is a tow vehicle to get you to your favorite docking tie-up.

Please note that this boat is offered on a Bill of Sale only.

Reference Number 7621

as of 2/27/2007

Car 1957 Silver Arrow
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