Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
1935 was the year that aerodynamics really started to resonate with the car-buying public, and the result was that even bread-and-butter cars like this lovely Dodge DU 4-door sedan were simply gorgeous examples of art-deco design. A clean, solid car, it has been very well-preserved over the course of its life, and remains a very affordable way to enjoy some 1930s style.
There's a reason the Chrysler products were the best-looking cars on the road in 1936. Custom designer Ray Dietrich was lured away from Lincoln and became Chrysler's first true stylist. As a result, the cars that arrived in 1935 were well-proportioned, modern, and striking in execution. Even the four-door sedan, which was by far their biggest seller, carries itself like a much more expensive automobile. The survivor black paint works well on the somber bodywork, highlighting the fact that this car has never been rusty or bent, and although it shows some chips, cracks, and other signs of age, it also gives this Dodge an honest, old-timey look. A graceful waterfall grille shows good chrome, and widespread adoption of stainless means that the trim is in good shape with a nice, soft shine. And if you think the Dodge "Ram" mascot is a new invention, just check out the hood ornament.
The interior is original brown mohair, a material so durable and well-made that it's still functional and presentable an amazing 84 years later. Sure, it has signs of wear and tear throughout, and it smells like an antique store, but it has no major problems to address and we hope that the new owner would leave it be just as it is. Combined with the woodgrained dash and lovely black-faced instruments, it's a warm, inviting place to spend some time. The wide bench seats are supportive and surprisingly comfortable for a long drive, and the sedan body style offers plenty of room for your whole family. Rubber mats in front and carpets in back was not unusual in 1935, and that setup has been accurately recreated here. All the original door hardware is very well preserved, and you'll especially enjoy all the ivory knobs on the dash. Everything is as you would have found it in 1935, which shows an incredible amount of restraint on behalf of all the past owners that spanned the course of almost 90 years, and even all the gauges appear to be properly functioning, which shows you how well cars were made in America in the 1930s.
Chrysler was famous for embracing innovation as it came along, and as a result their cars have always offered hydraulic brakes and fuel pumps, replacing two of the weakest links in most old cars' mechanical resumes. The 218 cubic inch inline six made a very respectable 87 horsepower and the design would power Mopar vehicles for years with incredible reliability. The engine bay looks highly original save for the updated ignition system and its bright red wires, but we figure everyone is happy for that small trade off if it means this 'ol girl will start more dependably. The silver head, single-barrel carburetor with oil bath air cleaner, and thick radiator are all reminders of how your grandparents used to travel. The 3-speed manual transmission shifts easily and feeds the stock rear end, highlighting a chassis that looks nicely maintained, particularly for its age. Handsome steel artillery wheels were painted red and sport shiny beauty rings and Dodge hubcaps, and they're all wrapped in pie-crust 6.00-16 whitewall bias-ply tires to complete the correct look.
As when it was new, this Dodge offers a stylish, practical way to get into a neat car for not a lot of money. If you're tired of hot rods and customs, try this on for size. You may be pleasantly surprised. Call today!
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