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moparsteve
Posted 2020-01-29 1:16 PM (#593558)
Subject: how many fl ply/dodge/des had factory air?


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not many...  and it prob cost 400 `500 bucks.. theres a 57 fury on here w factory air. you see it on some

 

imperials new yorkers but not many low line plys/dodges..

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56D500boy
Posted 2020-01-29 2:45 PM (#593564 - in reply to #593558)
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moparsteve - 2020-01-29 10:16 AM
not many...  and it prob cost 400 `500 bucks.. theres a 57 fury on here w factory air.


I can only speak to 56 Dodges. I can think of 3 off the top of my head with the trunk-mounted A/C. All three were Custom Royals (2 were 4 dr sedans and one 4 dr Lancer). All three were also D500 cars the buyer had some bucks.

Based on the 56 Dodge pricing (see below), A/C represented a significant add-on (at $426 to $567) over the cost of the car ($3023 to $3200) (see below) (The D500 option was only about $175 by then)





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NicksGarage
Posted 2020-01-29 5:19 PM (#593573 - in reply to #593558)
Subject: Re: how many fl ply/dodge/des had factory air?



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If you look at old classified ads you can get a feel for how many as they make a point of mentioning it. Of course the hot states would have gotten it more.

A/C on my 1960 New Yorker wagon was $714 because you had to get the dual version. The car started out at $5131 and mine was about $6656 with the options.
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2020-01-29 9:05 PM (#593588 - in reply to #593573)
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According to Jeffrey Godshall:

 

1957 Dodge       7,429       2.2% of total production

1958 Dodge       4,689       3.3% "

1959 Dodge       6,687       4.3% "

 

I would expect that, generally as is with Dodge, the percentages increase from 1955 to 1961 because demand increases and prices drop.

I would also expect that, generally, the percentages increase from Plymouth to Imperial. 

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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2020-02-01 8:11 PM (#593726 - in reply to #593588)
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arizona mopar gold
Posted 2020-02-02 3:14 AM (#593728 - in reply to #593558)
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My Sunshine Yellow 57 Dodge Royal D500 has the factory air con...I have the purchase invoice, It totalled at $4095.

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firedome
Posted 2020-02-02 2:10 PM (#593736 - in reply to #593558)
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My previous '59 Firedome sedan had factory A/C, that car is now in Sweden:
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Chrycoman
Posted 2020-02-03 7:11 AM (#593757 - in reply to #593558)
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A/C percentage installations (model year)

Plymouth -
1955 - 0.1% / 1956 - 0.2% / 1957 - 1.5% / 1958 - 2.2% / 1959 - 2.3% / 1960 - 2.9% / 1961 - 4.3%

Dodge -
1955 - 0.6% / 1956 - 0.7% / 1957 - 3.0% / 1958 - 4.4% / 1959 - 4.5% / 1960 - 8.6% * / 1961 - 4.9%
* - Matadoe & Polara. Dart was 2.5%. 1961 is combined Dart and Polara.

DeSoto -
1955 - 1.5% / 1956 - 2.5% / 1957 - 4.7% / 1958 - 6.1% / 1959 - 7.7% / 1960 - 10.9% / 1961 - 13.5%

Chrysler -
1955 - 5.1% / 1956 - 6.8% / 1957 - 8.7% / 1958 - 11.5% / 1959 - 12.5% / 1960 - 16.8% / 1961 - 17.6%

Imperial
1955 - ** / 1956 - ** / 1957 - 29.8% / 1958 - 33.6% / 1959 - 37.5% / 1960 - 44.7% / 1961 - 50.7%
** - Included with Chrysler production.


Data for percentage factory installation of A/C from Ward's Automotive Reference Book, 1956 to 1962 editions.


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Chrycoman
Posted 2020-02-03 7:33 AM (#593759 - in reply to #593558)
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Air conditioning prices :

Plymouth -
1955 - N/A / 1956 - $395.06 / 1957 - N/A / 1958 - $446/$640 / 1959 - $446/$640 / 1960 - $446/$640 / 1961 - $446/$640
1956 prices are for standard/deluxe A/C units. 1958-1961 are single A/C and dual A/C


Dodge -
1955 - $525 / 1956 - $525 / 1957 - $379.60 / 1958 - $380.80 / 1959 - $380.80 / 1960 - $446/$640 / 1961 - $446/$640
1960-1961 are single A/C and dual A/C


DeSoto
1955 - $525 / 1956 - $525 / 1957 - $492.85 / 1958 - $492.85 / 1959 - $501 / 1960 - $501 / 1961 - $501
1960-1961 are single A/C and dual A/C


Chrysler -
1955 - $525 / 1956 - $525 / 1957 - $506.35 / 1958 - $506.35 / 1959 - $501/$714 / 1960 - $501/$714 / 1961 - $501/$714
1959-1961 are single A/C and dual A/C


Imperial -
1955 - $525 / 1956 - $525 / 1957 - $590.20 / 1958 - $590.20 / 1959 - $590.20 / 1960 $590/$778 / 1961 - $590/$778
1960-1961 are single A/C and dual A/C


Prices were from issues of Branham Automobile Reference Books.

All prices were Factory Retail Prices, FOB Detroit, and do not include state and local taxes, distribution, excise and handling or transportation changes.



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slimwhitman
Posted 2020-02-03 4:45 PM (#593775 - in reply to #593558)
Subject: Re: how many fl ply/dodge/des had factory air?



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Mine has dealer installed Air-Temp AC. I am sure many cars were ordered by dealers without "factory AC" but immediately got the dealer installed unit. That makes the counts above a bit deceiving if we want to know how many cars were originally SOLD with AC units.
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