Here on Barn Finds these old shoebox-era Mopar sedans get the respect they deserve, and that’s why it’s a pleasure to feature this one. A few weeks ago, we had a spate of Cranbrooks, Coronets and others from the early 1950s. An example from the mid-50s is the next logical progression.
This one is located in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is offered for sale here on craigslist for $1,800. In addition to the bargain price, it’s interesting to look at due to the solid, high desert sheet metal it has. It shows what appears to be original factory paint, albeit with a moderate case of sunburn. The driver fender looks like it might have been replaced long ago, but it’s nice to see this car still fully assembled, and up off the ground. The seller doesn’t say whether it runs or not, which would be a minor detail I would consider adding to the description, but hey, that might be just me.
It’s interesting to see the color inside the door jamb and interior, and contrast it with the sun-baked makeover on the outside. I’d still guess it spent at least a significant portion of it’s life indoors, or at least under cover somewhere. I don’t think it would look this good if it had been outside full time for 61 years.
If I lived in the desert or in the country, I’d probably own a hundred cars like this. Once the mechanicals were sorted, it would be an easy project to do the body and paint. Or maybe it’s better left like it is. What do you think?