Mopar Roadster: 1950 Dodge Wayfarer

A few years after World War II, Dodge built an interesting 2-door called the Wayfarer from 1949 to 1952. That included a 3-passenger Sportabout which had no back seat, just a wide bench seat in the front for passengers. It was the first true roadster built by the Big Three in nearly 30 years. This one was restored about 20 years ago and was recently purchased from the widow of its prior owner. Located now in Dublin, Georgia, it looks flawless and performs nicely. This ‘50s Dodge is available here on craigslist for $25,000 (trades accepted). Another tip brought to us by Barn Finder T.J.!

In the dictionary, the word “wayfarer” means a traveler or transient patron of an inn or hotel. So, it may have been appropriate that Dodge chose that name for its least expensive post-war cars. With the absence of rear side windows and a big roof/top, these things may have been hard to look out of, but style often prevailed over practicality. The cars were only offered for four years, and the 1950 editions may be rarer because a lengthy labor dispute compacted production to under 3,000 Wayfarers that year.

With no back seat and a cavernous trunk, the Sportabout was more or less a business coupe with a folding canvas top. They were powered by a 230 cubic inch “straight-six” engine that produced about 100 hp with a 3-speed manual transmission. This one was treated to a restoration around the turn of the century, so there’s no reason to believe the car doesn’t run and drive as it should. Upon inspection, you should find the seller was able to obtain loads of documentation for this auto and it appears his/her goal is to resell the car and move on quickly. The Dodge appears to be wearing a new set of tires.


  1. GregM

    Gone already – that was quick!

  2. BlondeUXB Member

    Roadster or more properly cabriolet (?)

  3. chrlsful

    So THIS is what MB copied (’53/63) for the ponton…

    Preceeded by at least 4 yrs w/this, dodge 8, Chrysler windsor, DeSoto Delux… followed w/Medowbrooke. Yeah, the grill is different (fitting for the Contenent & 1st production company) but…

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  4. CeeOne

    I liked this one a lot better than the one that was on a week or so ago, primarily because it has side windows. And I guess so did somebody else!

  5. PETER

    had one of these fifty years ago
    one peculiarity, was that they had a “fluid drive”

    the flywheel was a massive fluid coupling. effectively you could put it in gear at low rpm; lift the clutch and it would not stall. while standing still.

    it was a popular feature with driving schools;\

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