Here’s a great looking 1953 Dodge Meadowbrook. It’s hard to believe that many of these two-door cars still exist in original condition, but they’re out there. This one is on craigslist with a price of $3,200 or best offer! It’s located in Muscoda, Wisconsin, about sixty miles west of Madison.
The seller says that this car has “59895 original miles. 3rd owner. pretty solid for its age. has some rust on the rear quarters. good floors and trunk.” I’m wondering about the trunk part, it sure looks rusty to me. There aren’t any close-up photos of the rust in the quarterpanels that they mention, but they show the bottom of the passenger door and it looks great, rust-wise.
The Dodge Meadowbrook was made from 1949 to 1954 and the two-door body was new for 1953. The Meadowbrook made up of approximately 30% of Dodge’s sales for the first few years, but by 1953 things weren’t as rosy, even with revised bodywork. Dodge buyers were going for the Royal and Coronet lines and 1954 was the last year for the Meadowbrook.
This is the only interior photo but other than the wear on the driver’s area of the bench seat, it looks crisp and clean. This car needs brake work, and you can see the third pedal for the three-on-the-tree manual transmission.
The 103 hp, 230 Cubic-inch inline-six engine was the only engine available in 1953, but in the final year of 1954 Dodge offered the 241 cubic-inch Red Ram hemi with 140 hp. The seller says that this one runs decent and the fuel tank has been chemically dipped and sealed with tank sealant. It also has a new sending unit and a new battery. This sounds like a great project car. I’m guessing that most people would turn it into a resto-mod but boring ol’ me would just fix and maintain it and drive it as is. How would you do up this Dodge?