213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA
Lithia Springs, GA
Daring to be different is great, especially if the different is as good looking as this 1939 Dodge 4-door sedan. With a sleek aerodynamic look, wonderful art-deco styling details, and modern V8 horsepower, it's one of those awesome rods that will stand out just by virtue of being something other than a Ford.
The bright red paint certainly helps this one grab everyone's attention, but it's the detailing that will make them look closer. The sleek Dodge sedan has a unique look that was similar to the fastback styling from the other automakers, but the long wheelbase and sleek tail section make it look far more radical than most. Finish quality is quite good, with nice body gaps and a bright shine that can only come from a lot of time invested in buffing and polishing the final finish. Most of the original trim was retained, and it really sparkles against that Torch Red paint. We're particularly fond of the front end, which offers neat details like the dipped front bumper, familiar ram hood ornament, and a very cool grille that seems to reach back to the firewall. Add in a host of vents, speed lines, and stainless trim, and the whole car seems to be in motion like one of those old paintings showing cars at speed. We love the split rear window and it appears that the only notable items that aren't stock are the LED taillights, which are shaped like those on a '39 Ford. And it is worth noting that it's entirely steel except for the rear fenders, which is important to a lot of rodders.
The handsome tan leather interior was finished three years ago and still looks great. Up front you get a pair of power bucket seats from a late-model, while the back seat appears to be borrowed from the same car. New carpets, simple perforated leather door panels, and a custom center console all add to the new car feel. The original dash has been upgraded with a set of very trick Dolphin gauges with green faces, and the 9886 miles shown are since the build was completed. Under the dash there are vents for the A/C system as well as a few secondary controls, while the AM/FM/CD head unit is discreetly tucked into the center console. A B&M shifter on the transmission tunnel manages a 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission and the tilt column is topped by a fat 4-spoke wheel. And the whole reason you buy a sedan is so you can take the whole family with you, and the giant fully upholstered trunk makes it easy.
A familiar 350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 lives under the pointed hood and it was rebuilt to stock specs when the car was built. It's got some chrome dress-up pieces, a polished intake, and a big 4-barrel carburetor, all of which work together to make it run great and look cool. A big aluminum radiator and R134a refrigerant in the A/C system (needs to be recharged) make it a trusted highway cruiser for long hauls and service access is pretty good. Power front disc brakes and power steering come complements of a Camaro subframe and the dual Flowmasters give it a wonderfully mellow exhaust note. A 10-bolt rear end with 3.73 gears inside makes the car feel lively around town, but they're easily tamed by the overdrive gear in the transmission. It's got just the right rake, augmented by a set of flashy Ridlr wheels and 17-inch performance radials.
Nicely documented with receipts and build photos, this handsome Dodge stands out both in terms of quality and rarity. Why do what everyone else is doing when the alternative looks this good? Call today!
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