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Older Restoration: 1929 Chrysler 75 Sedan

The “75” was Chrysler’s midsized car for 1929, replacing the previous “72” model. Changes included a narrower grille with body color louvers and a keyed ignition. This Chrysler listed on eBay and on PrewarCars for $11,500 in Scranton, Pennsylvania is an older restoration that was stored for many years. The paint looks nice from a distance but is beginning to deteriorate. All the mechanical work necessary to restore it to driving condition has been performed.

The upholstery and interior appear to be in good condition. It also looks like a comfortable place to be!

The only look at the engine is it being reinstalled. The ad says the engine was overhauled, apparently after sitting for so long. The engine is 84 HP 250 CID flathead 6.

This Chrysler looks like it could be driven and enjoyed just as it is. It’s another example of a car restored at great expense and then parked and not driven again for years. Currently, a car like this needing restoration wouldn’t be worth restoring. The pictures aren’t very detailed, but if there are no serious issues, this could be a great deal if you are looking for a 1930s sedan. Prices have dropped as people have lost interest in Prewar cars. High retail for this sedan is said to be about $15,000 but with so little demand, the actual sale price may be lower. For those of us who love these old cars, however, this would be an opportunity to own a great old car at a bargain price!

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  1. Don H

    This old car is American class ,I don’t care about money ,I would much rather have a beautiful old car like this then any 21 our 23 window VW bus our rusty old porche .🇺🇸

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    • Alan (Michigan)

      +1
      Style and panache which can’t be denied.

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  2. 86 Vette Convertible

    That’s another parade car IMO. Pack up the family and a picnic lunch and find a 4th of July Parade to participate in.

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  3. DrinkinGasoline

    One had to be “well off” to own one of these in late 1929 or early 1930 being as how it was introduced right around the same time of the great crash of ’29. It would be fun to put on a pinstripe suit with a fedora and a Tommy Gun and cruise the shows.
    “You dirty rat, I’m going to get rid of you just like you gave it to my brother !”

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  4. Cargirl

    The 1929 Chrysler Model 75 were remarkably fast. Between 1925 and 1931, Chryslers competed internationally at such events as the Mille Miglia and the 24-hour races at Le Mans and Spa, running against the best and most expensive automobiles that Europe had to offer. In fact, at the 1929 24 Hours of Le Mans, a Series 75 Roadster finished 6th Overall and 3rd in the Index of Performance, and at that year’s Mille Miglia, a similar car won the 5-Litre Class. They are also consistently in the top ten winners of the Peking to Paris Rally and are highly sought after for this event and the Mille Miglia.

    I actually have a client running a 75 Roadster in it’s second Mille Miglia as we speak.

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    • Dickie F

      On 8 February 1928 Jerry Bouwer and two others travelled through Africa in the rainy season from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo and London in a 1928 Chrysler.

      After a 94 day journey over dreadful roads, swamps, rivers and plagued by radiator-choking grass-seed and mosquitoes for weeks on end, they reached Cairo on 15 May 1928.

      Bouwer started his SOLO return dash from London back to Cape Town on 22 August. After leaving Cairo he reported that he had discovered a stowaway in his car, whom was revealed as his wife, Elaine. They arrived in Cape Town – within only 40 days – the two had covered a roadless Africa with a 1928 car, some 10 000km, without backup.
      Now remind me again, why we have to have a 4×4 for the weekend trip to the mountains …..

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      • Ed P

        I’ve wondered about that also. How many of these 4wd’s ever leave pavement.

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      That’s awesome Cargirl! Do you have any photos of the car that you can share?

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  5. David

    Hello…You mentioned that prices have dropped for pre-war cars. I wasn’t aware of that. Lately I’ve seen many pre-war cars going for tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars…so please enlighten me. Where have the prices dropped?
    Thank you.

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  6. Cargirl

    A 1929 Model 75 done to Le Mans specs sold at auction for $140,000 last year. The new owner is now asking $225,000 for the car. The market is still very strong for good pre war cars.

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  7. David

    In the commentary under the 4th photo, he says..

    “This Chrysler looks like it could be driven and enjoyed just as it is. It’s another example of a car restored at great expense and then parked and not driven again for years. Currently, a car like this needing restoration wouldn’t be worth restoring. The pictures aren’t very detailed, but if there are no serious issues, this could be a great deal if you are looking for a 1930s sedan. Prices have dropped as people have lost interest in Prewar cars. High retail for this sedan is said to be about $15,000 but with so little demand, the actual sale price may be lower. For those of us who love these old cars, however, this would be an opportunity to own a great old car at a bargain price!”

    His comment is …”Prices have dropped since people have lost interest in Pre-war cars”.

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  8. Cargirl

    Sorry David didn’t mean to leave you hanging there. I see your comment now. And what you were referring to.

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  9. David

    Cargirl..no problem. It’s my pleasure to know a girl who understands and cares about cars. ! 🙂

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  10. Cargirl

    Thanks David it’s a little more serious than that. It’s how I make my living. I buy and sell cars for collectors and I specialize in pre-war.

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    • David

      Cargirl? Really? That’s fascinating! What marques
      do you handle? Actually, I’m a fan of the pre-war Packards, Cadillacs and Buicks. I’d love to chat with you !

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  11. Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

    The auction ended at $11,500 with zero bids. Maybe David F is right about waning prewar interest? Some prewar cars will always be valuable, Bentleys, Bugattis, etc., but I tend to agree that many of these cars do not get the attention or prices they used to. The market is greatly affected by nostalgia so that has to come into play somewhat.

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  12. Cargirl

    This is the link to the auction result for the 1929 Roadster.
    (http://rmsothebys.com/pa16/paris/lots/1929-chrysler-series-75-roadster/1078460?&currency=USD)

    The sedan’s are obviously not as desirable and it should be noted that the cars that run in the Mille Miglia and events like the Paris Peking run are prepped for racing and to bring a standard 29 Roadster to this level would cost easily over $100,000.00

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  13. David

    Cargirl..it’s a pleasure to know you. Where is your business? My Dad was a Chrysler , Plymouth dealer for over 50 years..(after the war)..so I grew up with cars.

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  14. Cargirl

    @David

    Kelly Dietrick and you can find me on just about every forum. Or through the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. I am a docent there and Barnfind readers have an open invitation to a free guided tour by me when they are in town. I am happy to report that I have been taken up on that offer.

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  15. David

    Cargirl: I just looked at the site for your museum..it’s great! I hope someday to visit there. Those Auburns are magnificent!

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