The cool thing about going to Cars and Coffee is that you never know who or what is going to roll in at any moment. Recently, I spotted a car that I did not recognize at all. I thought at first that it might have been an old Jaguar, but as it turns out, it’s even more special than that!
The car in the photo is a one-off replica of a 1940 Chrysler Newport dual cowl phaeton, a very early concept car of which only six were ever built. The original features two rows of seating whereas this car was built as a roadster.
This particular car crossed the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2005 where it sold for $54,000 dollars. According to the listing, the car is built on a 1940 Chrysler chassis, floorpan, and firewall. The body work is all metal with an aluminum trunk and hood. This is not a cheap fiberglass build that will fall apart in a few years, it is built to last.
Under the hood, we have a 392 cubic inch Chrysler Hemi with dual 4-barrel carburetors that puts out around 400 horsepower. Everything is coupled to a 3-speed TorqueFlite transmission with a posi rear end.
While the thought of driving most cars from the 1940s is scary, this one has received a number of upgrades to make it more suitable for everyday driving. These include power brakes, rack and pinion power steering, tilt steering wheel, and a leather interior.
You can tell that someone went to great trouble and expense to recreate the unique body shape of Chrysler’s Newport dual cowl phaeton concept car in detail, and it is truly a one-of-a-kind vehicle. I can safely say that you’ll never see another one like it!
UPDATE: This car sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 for $93,500 USD. View Listing