I echo John. Also want to give all the credit in the recent 300 Club publication report on the business meeting at the Lynchburg, Va. meet. I did not have anything to do with the 57-59 hood latch protective mechanism other than sing the praises for it and stating that it was an easy installation on my C thanks to Bob Merritt’s video and that it was the cheapest insurance policy you could get to avoid replacing a hood, windshield and whatever else when the latch would let go at speed. Some how my inquiry about the power top mechanism control knob for the C,D and E convertible project which I spear headed got confused. I DO NOT WANT TO STEAL ANYONE’S THUNDER on the hood latch project. Also I like to drive my C and keep it to my standard of aesthetics! I was shocked that the ‘57 DeSoto Adventurer convertible that was in the Salon class only went for $115K at hammer price at BJ last week. However something did not look entirely correct to me when viewing it from a distance since it was always in a roped off corral prior to going across the bidding stage. It did have wire wheels which looked fabulous but perhaps something else was different. Still I would love to have a ‘57 or ‘58 DeSoto in my corral. Firesweep to FireFlite coupe would fit the bill. 300’ly, Rob Kern
about numbers are funny to me. I will gladly pay 10 -15 under market for an F
with no HP stamp on block … depends on buyer I guess. Many “numbers matching”
cars , especially in GM world, belong to people who never worked on them,
inherited them from a granddad who left it sitting in a garage for 40 years, vs.
someone who knew what they were doing and worked on and drove the car…which
means replacing things. Latter group can also get it all correct, often do, so
no criticism intended at all in any of this, but if you have a poor old rust
free F with mismatched numbers ,15 “ wheels, rams in trunk, and wrong color at a
low price, I am in. I am not in for a sneaky rust one , bondo baby with a pile
of official papers , perfect stamps, original battery acid etc etc etc., And we
all know about grandfather’s ax.
I guess it
comes down to driving the car for what it is, to be enjoyed , as Noel does, vs.
how much is it worth this year? = How do I get that number up? Different
values/different folks..and that is OK.
I once read of
a guy with 75 k in a red D convert babied it hand washed it car cover etc.
One day he said to himself, ”I am saving my car for someone else to drive !!!
And he jumped in on East Coast and went to California, big road trip stone chips
have fun. I envy that guy, want to do that, but I stall at the
Sp! oken as a
guy who had a radio delete red 4 spd hemi Cuda , 4:11 dana , bought for 8 sold
in 90’s for 35, now worth? A million? Lousy car , really, cannot get power to
ground, nose heavy. Old saying , when they were new, 340 beats 440, 440 beats
hemi. Often true in the real world. 273 65 4 spd dart, or 63 426 max wedge --
might beat all of them. But someone just wants one—irrational. . May you get
what you wish for…like driving on ice. Unless heavily modified.
do OK, even win the pure stock drags all the time…not hemi mopars.
12 sec, light car, ancient engine design, 289 and 301 cu in. . . But I love our
300’s , best driving cars car ever made. Fantastic engineering. Room under the
big 300 tent for everybody!!
line, I really like the new club motion about non letter 300 and same year
Mopar (55 to 65 ) being included and welcomed at our meets . Good guys,
maybe cannot afford a 300 now, but share our appreciation of them. . As a dodge
D500 guy since 56, CHP, Broderick Crawford (actually who knows when), it is
interesting to me the money they bring now, the converts, ( I had 4 - 57
converts over the years, I junked one D500 stick convert way back
---arrgh) Desoto Adventurer , 57-58-59 Fury too. More $ than our cars, at
times..59 D500 convert for 220K this year??….(would rather have a 57, myself,
but not at 220—maybe 22---).
[mailto:Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of RICK AND DEBBIE CLAPHAM
Do not forget build date, matching
<Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> on behalf of 'David Schwandt'
so much numbers, but letters.
Posted by: "Rob Kern" <robkern@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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