Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
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Posted: 18 Mar 2010
Exterior Color: black
Interior Color: white
# Produced: 984
Miles Driven: 4,442
About This 1959 Dodge Custom Royal ConvertibleThis Custom Royal Convertible received 221 bids! Rarely do you see a car receive more than 20 bids. Needless to say, there must be a lot of fans out there of this Custom Royal Convertible, and why not, it looks stunning.
A brief history so far: Sold to me in Waco, Texas by WPC Member Paul Consilio in 1993. At the time he told me he had found it locally and owned it for around 15 years. All black with white top and mustard yellow interior. With floor, trunk, and rear quarter rot., needing everything and having almost no options, I intended to sell it right away. But a longer look and “an offer you can’t refuse” from the late John Snowberger of the sale of any parts needed from a long ago parted out ’59 DeSoto Adventurer Coupe. This turned things around and made it a keeper.
Some of you older Chrysler 300 and DeSoto Club members will remember John and his beloved DeSotos. John’s idea was to build the black Custom Royal up to a Super D-500 and someday display it alongside his black ’59 Adventurer Coupe and Convertible. Sadly, John passed away with the convertible still un-restored. Anyway, I decided to sell my other cars (‘58 D-500 Coupe, ’57 Fury and ’59 Sport Fury Convertible—hard to do I’ll tell you) and focus on and pay for the Dodge restoration.
Started out to just make a good daily driver but things quickly got out of hand when the “we’ve gone this far, we may as well go one more step”thing happened and the bills piled up. Started adding options using NOS and excellent used parts, added bigger brakes, larger AC radiator, and power swivel seats. Door panels and seat cloth from SMS, dash pad from Just Dashes, seat upholstery, carpets and lots more from Gary Gores, and this list can go on and on.
Hit the road in 1998 doing car shows and some modeling work and TV ads then at 4,440 miles (around 2002) I put the car in storage and took a trip overseas. Forward to 2008-2009, cleaned up, revamped, re-detailed, and some minor paint work. New top, top pump, top pistons, hoses, gas tank and brakes. I added NOS horn ring, NOS Mirromatic, a steering wheel with the white polyester resin re-cast, and added two more miles to the clock. Still lots of small things that could be improved, but I think I’m done.
One of 984 Custom Royal convertibles, built April 8, 1959, one of 25 left! (So I’m told.) And how many in black?
Now showing 4,442 miles. Very fast and very beautiful.
Dodge Custom Royal Convertible