1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer Convertible

Ever have one of those cars that keeps breaking down, no matter how many times you restore it?  Rebuild the engine, the transmission blows.  Replace the rearend gears, and the driveshaft U-joints wear out.  Every time you fix it, you think “that’s it, it’s all done, it’s ready to rock cruise night,” just in time to have something else snap.

Chrysler owns one of those companies.

As anyone who doesn’t live under a rock knows, Chrysler was recently “saved” by President Obama’s help (and money).  Before that, it was “saved” by Daimler-Benz.  Before that, it was “saved” by the Intrepid sedan.  Before that, it was “saved” by Lee Iacoca and the K-car/minivan.

1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer ConvertibleThis is the Dodge Custom Royal Convertible, a.k.a, “The Lancer.”  It was the highest trim level available, and was also the most rare.  This particular specimen is only one of six allowed into Canada with its Super Red Ram Hemi engine.  Of course, back in those days they didn’t call it a Hemi.  The 270-cubic inch V8 had a double rocker shaft, so old guys like your Grandpa called it a “double rocker.”  While pushing this car to school.  Uphill.  Both ways.  In a snowstorm.

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9 Responses to “1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer Convertible”

  1. 1 marc
    July 10, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I just finished the resto on my 55 dodge convertible “stock” just the way it rolled of the show room floor. where is your carr at??

  2. 2 marc
    July 10, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Iv onley found seven of the 55 dodge vert in various condtions counting mine. this one is #8.
    three resto’s one resto mod one servivor. and resst are parts cars.
    do you know how many are still out ther.

  3. 3 mike
    July 11, 2009 at 12:00 am

    is this car for sale

  4. July 11, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Hey guys,

    Sadly, this car is not for sale-or ever will be. It’s part of the Gauthier Automotive Museum, and given its rarity here in Canada (Chrysler only allowed six new convertibles into this country that year), the car will be in the museum’s collection until the end of time. This particular vehicle is in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and is occasionally on display, and occasionally in the back being worked on. If you have any questions specific to the car, please let me know and I’ll see what I can find out!

  5. 5 jean_louis
    May 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I do have one of these that I just finished the restoration. The car is for sale ,it come with PB PS PW PS ,4 barils carb wires wheels with WW Black and white interior color Heather Rose and black ) miles since restoration profesionally done Pictures on request.

  6. 8 Ronald Hicks
    September 24, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Looking for a two tone blue and white 1955 Dodge custom Royal Lancer Convertable.The light blue on top and darker blue on bottom with white around the tail lights.Hemi Automatic with shift on dash.My parents bought it in 1955 in Catskill N.Y.At C&P motors and I took my drivers test in it in 1957. any help thanks Ron

  7. 9 Old Car Heaven
    October 15, 2010 at 10:14 am

    We have two 1955 Dodge Convertibles for sale. One is on eBay right now. They both need a lot of work but they are complete. Are these on your list?


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