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PolaraPaul
Posted 2012-07-08 2:53 PM (#328886)
Subject: 1956 Dodge La Femme D500 Restored Now


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We just got the car out of the restoration shop and are breaking it in and fine tuning it! This car was found in a Hemmings ad and was essentially a one owner barn find. It was sold new in Denver at Thomas-Hyer dealership and resided on a farm in dry eastern Colorado. She got the La Femme with it's regal and misty orchid paint (only available on La Femme) and he the D500 engine, which must be an unusual build. Chrysler Historical confirmed this build. The car's last license plate was 1973. It was quite solid with no need for floor or trunk work. It had a couple small dents, a broken headlight ring and trunk "V" and wasn't running. That's it! We did a frame off rotisserie restoration, with redone chrome, stainless, interior, and engine and transmission rebuild this past year. She drives like new. We added a record player and rear antennas. The only thing we could not duplicate was the purple and white (yes) tuxedo carpet but ACC had a nice plum carpet. Attached are some before pictures as well as the finished product! We will take it to Iola later this week.

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61forfun
Posted 2012-07-08 3:21 PM (#328887 - in reply to #328886)
Subject: Re: 1956 Dodge La Femme D500 Restored Now



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That car is absolutely fabulous. I love 56 Dodge's and this one is certainly extra special. Absoultely impressive results. Thanks for posting pics. My uncle has a 56 Royal he is restoring. These pics are just the motivating push to get him on the move.
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Posted 2012-07-08 4:10 PM (#328889 - in reply to #328886)
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Fabulous car, a pice of history saved!!!!
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Posted 2012-07-08 5:16 PM (#328897 - in reply to #328886)
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That is one fantastic machine. Great job!
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d500neil
Posted 2012-07-08 5:27 PM (#328900 - in reply to #328897)
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...Might just win something, there, Paul!


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Posted 2012-07-08 5:43 PM (#328906 - in reply to #328886)
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Superb! What a wonderful car and great restoration!
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Posted 2012-07-08 6:19 PM (#328911 - in reply to #328906)
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Chrysler Corp should have marketed this car as: "56 Dodge LaFemme D-500. For fast women !" LOL

Ron

Beautiful job, BTW.

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imopar380
Posted 2012-07-08 7:06 PM (#328916 - in reply to #328886)
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Very Nice !
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Posted 2012-07-08 8:49 PM (#328935 - in reply to #328886)
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The car looks great!! So odd that it's a La Femme with the Hemi... AND no power steering or brakes!

Love it!

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Posted 2012-07-08 9:44 PM (#328944 - in reply to #328886)
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What an great find and a fabulous restoration on such a rare car!!! OUTSTANDING!!!

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imopar380
Posted 2012-07-09 12:57 AM (#328971 - in reply to #328886)
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You would have thought that the LaFemme would have had at least Power steering as standard equipment, being marketed to the ladies!
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Posted 2012-07-09 3:23 AM (#328981 - in reply to #328971)
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Did your LaFemme have all the fashion accessories with it when you bought it?

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Posted 2012-07-09 8:44 AM (#328994 - in reply to #328886)
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Beautiful job, they did... I love the La Femme cars... My wife has said on multiple occasions how she'd love to own one.

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Posted 2012-07-09 11:51 AM (#329016 - in reply to #328886)
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Fabulous car! Another great car saved and so very well presented!

Beautiful job.

Thumbs WAY up.



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Jessica
Posted 2012-07-09 11:51 AM (#329017 - in reply to #328886)
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I've always wanted a La Femme! Yours is such a beautiful specimen-- that interior is to die for. Congrats on such a fabulous restoration!
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Posted 2012-07-09 4:15 PM (#329044 - in reply to #328886)
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Hey, paul; I think that we may have PM'ed about this, already, but does your Macho-LaFemme have the extra rear
leaf springs and/or the 12" x 2 1/2" brakes on it?




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Posted 2012-07-09 7:08 PM (#329070 - in reply to #329044)
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Congratulations on a great looking restoration. Is the interior to original? I don't recall ever seeing the interior on one of these before.
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Posted 2012-07-09 7:12 PM (#329072 - in reply to #328886)
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Congratulations! what a wonderful looking and rare car. Very forward looking for 1956!
Love the colours and the upholstry.
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Posted 2012-07-09 7:18 PM (#329075 - in reply to #328886)
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Outstanding find and restoration (Also stay out of my state and scooping up cars that were meant for me! LOL)

Very Nice!
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Posted 2012-07-10 1:33 AM (#329131 - in reply to #328886)
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That original carpeting is really something! I thought the Desoto Adventurers got some really fancy carpeting but these cars are even better. I've never seen that before! What a car.
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Posted 2012-07-10 10:26 AM (#329172 - in reply to #328886)
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When you switched to the rear antennas, did you fill the hole from the original front antenna?
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58WindsorDartline
Posted 2012-07-10 2:13 PM (#329207 - in reply to #328886)
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Hi PolaraPaul !

That is a beautiful car, I love these special Chrysler Corp. models, like the "Le femme",
"Windsor Dartline, "Custom Regal Lancer", also detail's lke the crazy/greate color's
from the late 60's early 70's, and what abouth the "Mod Top" roof's from that period.

The "La femme" has a lot of greate detail's, like a greate color combination,
a greate interior and a lot of realy weird/nice accesories, I have read so many
different version's of what accesorie's was standard, so does annyone know
realy know ???

Torben
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Posted 2012-07-10 3:46 PM (#329219 - in reply to #328886)
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What a beauty! Well done, Paul!

Could anyone answer if those wheelcovers are just regular '56 Dodge with the black-out center not painted black? Is that a
La Femme trait? I've never seen that before.

Beautiful car!
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PolaraPaul
Posted 2012-07-10 10:54 PM (#329269 - in reply to #328886)
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Thanks for all the positive comments...much appreciated. I suppose it wasn't ordered with PS and PB because it was not going to be a city car, but rather a farm country car. The interior duplicates the original (but unusable moused-out interior) with fabrics and vinyl from SMS (thanks Chuck) and steering wheel recast by Quality Restorations (thanks Dennis). The wheel covers are the standard original, polished, without the black centers and white outer boxes painted yet. The wheels are original and the D500 5 1/2 by 15 size. We do not have the 56 La Femme accessories (raincape, umbrella, and rainhat in "the lovely Orchid Jacquard fabric"). Yes, we filled the front antenna hole when we switched to the dual rear antennas. Paul
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58WindsorDartline
Posted 2012-07-11 10:30 AM (#329330 - in reply to #328886)
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Hi Paul !

Regarding the accesories, I think I have also heard abouth, rain boots, a shopping bag, and a small beauty box,
has annyone els heard of that, or maby more.

Torben
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Edited by 58WindsorDartline 2012-07-11 10:32 AM
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Jessica
Posted 2012-07-11 2:00 PM (#329351 - in reply to #328886)
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This details the 55 and 56 accessories...

http://www.dodgelafemme.com/access.htm
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58WindsorDartline
Posted 2012-07-13 3:11 AM (#329652 - in reply to #328886)
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Hi Jessica !

Thanks a lot for your link, it gave us or at least me some got info,
I was partly right then, I just love these accesories, they are crazy/nice.

Torben
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Posted 2012-07-13 8:42 AM (#329662 - in reply to #328886)
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What a nice car! I jealous with your minimal rust repair.
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Jessica
Posted 2012-07-14 1:31 PM (#329832 - in reply to #328886)
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Hi Torben,

Yes, it's a shame they discontinued the hand bag after '55. If someone had the right fabric and knew a decent seamstress/tailor, they could probably make a replica of the rain cape and umbrella.


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58WindsorDartline
Posted 2012-07-15 3:07 AM (#329911 - in reply to #328886)
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Hi Jessica !
That could be nice, there might be some owners of "La femme's,
that don't have the original accesories, but would like to.

Torben
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Jessica
Posted 2012-07-17 12:26 AM (#330223 - in reply to #328886)
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I used to own a 60 Rambler wagon and always wanted to make a set of the mosquito nets I saw in the accessories brochure. I always thought these fun little accessories added such character to a car, plus.. the umbrella/rain cape could come in handy if caught in a rain storm! If I owned a La Femme, I would certainly attempt it. Who knows, once my 55 Fireflite is finished, I might have to make/find some accessories to wear that reminisce the time period.

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PolaraPaul
Posted 2015-02-14 8:20 PM (#470090 - in reply to #328886)
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bump for Scott to see.
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flattie45
Posted 2015-02-15 3:52 AM (#470105 - in reply to #328886)
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Hubba hubba!!!
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55CRL
Posted 2015-02-17 5:00 AM (#470257 - in reply to #328886)
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Faboulus La Femme! Love it
Did the D-500 originally come with single exhaust? I see a heat shield only on the right side of the floor pan. I would expect dual heat shields on a car with dual exhausts.
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Gasmanscotty
Posted 2015-02-17 10:10 AM (#470275 - in reply to #470090)
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Paul,thanks for posting.Beautiful car .Hope mine looks 1/2 that good someday.



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PolaraPaul
Posted 2015-02-17 3:44 PM (#470304 - in reply to #328886)
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Car is shown at the Concours de Elegance at St Johns in 2014, winning" Best Use of Color." Left is Vigil Exner Jr., who judged the foward look display. Virgil related how his father worked with a rather busty and attractive women to pick out the fabrics,colors,and accessories for the car.



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PolaraPaul
Posted 2015-02-17 3:54 PM (#470308 - in reply to #328886)
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Chrysler had a show car in 1954 called the La Comtesse. Based on a Chrysler Newport, it had a clear plastic roof and was painted Dusty Rose and Pigeon Gray with tapestry fabric, conveying femininity. Car was at the same show Concours de Elegance of America at St John's in Michigan 2014.



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55CRL
Posted 2015-02-17 4:06 PM (#470310 - in reply to #328886)
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Both the La Comtesse and a 55 La Femme was restored by Chrysler Historical Collection and are displayed at the W.P.C. Museum.
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Posted 2015-02-19 8:34 PM (#470494 - in reply to #328886)
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La Comtesse is at the WPC Museum. I saw it last year (2014) when the WPC Club had its national meet in Auburn Hills. I thought it was a static display but it seems it runs and has been out to the car shows now and then. It is a very cool car in concept, but a very hot one with that plexiglas roof I expect.

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55CRL
Posted 2015-02-22 5:48 PM (#470677 - in reply to #328886)
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When Ferd offered the Skyliner with plexi glass roof 1954-56 they got problem with cars building up terrible heat inside so customers lost interest in them.
A lot of them ended up in Sweden where we don't have too hot in summer.
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1958firemite
Posted 2015-12-28 11:04 PM (#499365 - in reply to #328886)
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Nice Car. Love the 56 La Femme.
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Posted 2015-12-29 12:07 PM (#499393 - in reply to #499365)
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The original carpet was more of a purple and pink, not purple and white. I have an unfaded example here:

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PolaraPaul
Posted 2018-05-12 4:21 PM (#563246 - in reply to #499393)
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got it.
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