The Forward Look Network
The Forward Look Network
Search | Statistics | User Listing Forums | Chat | eBay | Calendars | Albums | Skins | Language
You are logged in as a guest. ( logon | register )

Optional 1959 Chrysler engines
Jump to page : 1
Now viewing page 1 [50 messages per page]
View previous thread :: View next thread
   Forward Look NON-Technical Discussions -> 1955-1961 Forward Look MoPar General DiscussionMessage format
 
RamPhoenix
Posted 2020-03-20 3:56 PM (#595791)
Subject: Optional 1959 Chrysler engines



Veteran

Posts: 170
1002525
Location: Chattanooga
I know you could order the Adventurer 383 2x4 engine in any 1959 DeSoto, but I don’t remember seeing optional engine choices in 1959 Chryslers. Was it possible to order HP engines in Chrysler vehicles?
I’m asking the question because there is a 1959 Saratoga with a 2x4 engine advertised on the internet. The seller says it is a 383 345 HP optional engine.
The DeSoto 383 was a B block engine, but the Saratoga would have come with the RB block 383.
Top of the page Bottom of the page
56D500boy
Posted 2020-03-20 4:16 PM (#595793 - in reply to #595791)
Subject: RE: Optional 1959 Chrysler engines



Expert 5K+

Posts: 6133
5000100010025
Location: Lower Mainland BC


Top of the page Bottom of the page
RamPhoenix
Posted 2020-03-23 11:02 PM (#595940 - in reply to #595793)
Subject: RE: Optional 1959 Chrysler engines



Veteran

Posts: 170
1002525
Location: Chattanooga
Maybe I need to ask the question a different way. Was it possible to order a Windsor with a 4 barrel carburetor? A related question is was it possible to order a 413 engine in a Windsor from the factory?
Top of the page Bottom of the page
1960fury
Posted 2020-03-24 7:36 AM (#595952 - in reply to #595791)
Subject: Re: Optional 1959 Chrysler engines



Expert 5K+

Posts: 6544
5000100050025
Location: northern germany
In contemporary car magazines you can read that you could get ANYTHING from Chrysler Co, if you had the cash. So I'm pretty sure a 4v was possible even if it was not in the options list.
Top of the page Bottom of the page
300XMAN
Posted 2020-03-24 7:27 PM (#595975 - in reply to #595791)
Subject: Re: Optional 1959 Chrysler engines


Regular

Posts: 60
2525
Carl Kiekhaefer took delivery of a 1959 Chrysler Windsor two-door hardtop that was factory-equipped with $427.15 in "SPEC. FEATURES", including the 380 hp, 413 or "300 E Engine" as was written on the MSRP label. The base price was $3,289, but options and special features pushed the total to $4,647.45. The Windsor was factory painted a two-tone combination of Radiant Red and Spanish Silver.
Top of the page Bottom of the page
60 Imp
Posted 2020-03-25 7:27 AM (#595989 - in reply to #595791)
Subject: Re: Optional 1959 Chrysler engines


20001000100100100252525
Location: North Australia
This is an interesting thread. The '59 Windsor sounds like a neat car. Would love to see a pic of that one.

Now if the HiPo 413 was available in '60 in a Windsor, that would be something. That would make it faster than a F, being a SWB car.

I can vouch for the 413.
I rebuilt the engine in my Imperial, and it is an awesome little engine. I 'released' some power, by working the heads and original manifolds, and it is smooth, quiet and powerful.

My engine serial No' is 930. Car built at the end of Nov '59.

Steve.
Top of the page Bottom of the page
RamPhoenix
Posted 2020-03-25 4:44 PM (#596024 - in reply to #595989)
Subject: Re: Optional 1959 Chrysler engines



Veteran

Posts: 170
1002525
Location: Chattanooga
Carl Kiekhaefer Had a special relationship with Chrysler, and was involved with their racing program. I have never heard of the special ordered 1959 Windsor before this, but it sounds like a spectacular car. Does anyone have pictures of the car or know where I could get more information about it?
Top of the page Bottom of the page
R41HP
Posted 2020-03-26 12:49 AM (#596040 - in reply to #595952)
Subject: Re: Optional 1959 Chrysler engi


Veteran

Posts: 221
100100
Location: Chicago
1960fury - 2020-03-24 6:36 AM

In contemporary car magazines you can read that you could get ANYTHING from Chrysler Co, if you had the cash. So I'm pretty sure a 4v was possible even if it was not in the options list.


For documentation purposes, can you cite which and what issues of “contemporary car magazines” published this?

Obviously we know some special ordered cars were built, but please give us some actual references when you make such a claim.
Top of the page Bottom of the page
300XMAN
Posted 2020-03-26 5:07 AM (#596045 - in reply to #595791)
Subject: Re: Optional 1959 Chrysler engines


Regular

Posts: 60
2525
Carl Kiekhaefer and Charlie Strang basically ran Chrysler's racing program during the mid-1950s. With discounts on race vehicles and parts from Chrysler Corporation, Carl financed the balance of the racing operation through Kiekhaefer Corporation. Carl continuously demanded special racing parts ASAP and ran Burt Bouwkamp ragged in the process.
Carl Kiekhaefer special ordered many Chryslers and Dodges. The 1959 Windsor is just one example. Paperwork once held by Carl's longtime secretary Rose Smiljanic was a treasure trove of information, but she was encouraged to return the files to Brunswick years ago and they are now lost in the bowels of Plant 10.
Top of the page Bottom of the page
1960fury
Posted 2020-03-26 7:38 AM (#596046 - in reply to #596040)
Subject: Re: Optional 1959 Chrysler engi



Expert 5K+

Posts: 6544
5000100050025
Location: northern germany
R41HP - 2020-03-26 12:49 AM

1960fury - 2020-03-24 6:36 AM

In contemporary car magazines you can read that you could get ANYTHING from Chrysler Co, if you had the cash. So I'm pretty sure a 4v was possible even if it was not in the options list.


For documentation purposes, can you cite which and what issues of “contemporary car magazines” published this?

Obviously we know some special ordered cars were built, but please give us some actual references when you make such a claim.


I collect old magazines for 30 years. I sold some, but I read basically ALL 57-61 US car magazines, including the less popular ones like Speed Age and custom-car magazines. I just don't have the time to go all thru this to satisfie you. Sorry.
Top of the page Bottom of the page
Jump to page : 1
Now viewing page 1 [50 messages per page]
Jump to forum :
Search this forum
Printer friendly version
E-mail a link to this thread



(Delete all cookies set by this site)