Museum Find: 1958 Dodge Sierra Custom

This 1958 Dodge Sierra Custom has lived an interesting life, previously being used as transportation on a Maine summer estate before being enshrined as a museum prop in a 50s-style drive-in restaurant display. Now, in the hands of the current owner, it has been mechanically refreshed for reliable cruising with a pricey interior restoration just completed. Find it here on eBay with a suggested opening bid of $25K and a Buy-It-Now of $35,000. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Patrick S. for the find.

This is a striking wagon no matter which angle you view it from, and reflects a period of big changes at  Chrysler. Virgil Exner had taken over design and knew consumers wanted some serious style in their automotive purchases, and models like the Sierra made liberal use of two-tone colors inside and out, in addition to adopting a sleeker profile from all corners. I love the low stance and fins – on a wagon, no less.

The seller notes the striking interior is the result of a $12,000 cabin restoration, which features a high-end reproduction pattern. Some details are left undone – sort of surprising for a $12K bill – which includes the sun visors and dome light not being installed and some miscellaneous rubber stripping that needs replacement. Regardless, a key feature of the Sierra Custom was its high-zoot interior, so it’s good to see that the seller focused some of his investments here.

The engine is a 350 big block, which the seller notes run smoothly. He says the odometer reading of 109,000 could be accurate given the overall condition, but can’t be verified. Maintenance under this owner includes a refreshed gas tank with new sending unit; new carburetor; new fuel pump; and new water pump. The seller notes the tires are old and should be replaced. The opening bid seems strong, but this is a gorgeous example – is it worth the seller’s Buy-It-Now?

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Comments

  1. Bakyrdhero

    What not to like? Nice condition, nice interior and nice colors. I’m partial to sixties and seventies wagons, but I’d make room I. The garage for this.

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  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    …… with the single most desired hubcaps other than the ’55 Olds for the Friday night cruisers…. Nice!

    Like 7
    • Lawrence W Graham

      56 Olds

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  3. MrBZ

    Love these old wagons in any way, shape or form. Grew up in the back of a 3 different wagons and would love to have one again. This Dodge is a great example!

    Like 6
  4. Fred Alexander

    $35K BIN on the listing is right in the ball park – – – would I pay that IF I had the cash and stable room – – you bet – – she’s one hell of a looker – – a real head turner.
    Final outcome of this eBay listing is going to be interesting – – is $35K the reserve or maybe $28K and the BIN is a reach by the owner?

    Like 7
  5. normadesmond

    That interior doesn’t seen quite right. Maybe it’s newer material trying its best.

    • Will Fox

      The actual material it was built with was a tweedy-style cloth that had some “tinsel” in it; it really was a catchy look for `58.

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      • Dave C

        Yes, it was a threaded material they called lurex. Lots of the big Caddies had them in the late 50s as well. They also did that sparkly carpeting. I saw both recently in a 59 Bonneville and it was killer looking!

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  6. Will Fox

    `58 Dodges of ANY model are a scarce sight, let alone a wagon like this. Sierra Customs like this can probably be counted on one hand with a couple fingers left. This is beautiful, and a very nice factory color combo! The 350 was a one-year-only engine, replaced by the 361 in `59. Sure wish we could see more of the re-done interior; whoever picked out the colors knew exactly what they wanted. I can’t balk at the price much because given the overall condition it’s a safe bet you won’t find another Sierra Custom 9-pass. wagon to compare it to.

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  7. BG in AK

    Beautiful wagon.
    I especially like the late 50s Mopar wagons, but I am disappointed that the present seller has not finished the apparent small items in the interior and has not replaced the tires after admitting that it should probably have them done. Perhaps with a full price offer, that might be negotiable.

    Nevertheless, I love the wagon. Keep up the good work.

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  8. Angel_Cadillac_Diva Angel Cadillac Diva Member

    I love the rear facing 3rd row seat. Wish they’d bring them back in today’s SUVs.

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  9. moosie moosie

    Car has no A/C as stated in the ebay listing but those 2 ducts on the top of the dash board lead me to believe that it did at one time, no A/C compressor visible on the underhood photos either. ? An otherwise very nice ’58 Dodge wagon. Yes those wheel covers are a sacred item but not as much as ’57 Caddy’s or the Cadillac Sombrero caps from the late ’40’s, early ’50’s.

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  10. Del

    I love this car but what is with spending 12 grand on interior but still having a bunch of piddly little items unfinished ?

    This car shows Knight emblems but I guess this is not a D500 engine car ?

    Its certainly a wonder. But I am wondering if engine is a replacement ?

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  11. Bob McK Member

    Too bad they didn’t go to SMS and use the proper material in the interior. Beautiful car. Someone will be very happy.

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    • Del Gray

      Yup 12 grand out the window

  12. John Oliveri

    Beautiful wagon, an estate car w over 100,000 miles and museum history? I’d go thru it mechanicly, cause 58 Dodges are not Honda accords, she’s gotta be checked, no matter how beautiful she is

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  13. Pete in PA

    I like it a lot. I’d like it even more, though, if it was a 59. Someone else already mentioned the vents in the dash and I see full tinted glass so this was probably a factory a/c car. Wonder what happened to it.
    When I was beginning to drive in the late 70s a wagon was good for nothing but a donor car for a “more desirable” body style. Who’d a think we’d be where we are today.

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  14. James Turner

    I really do not understand some one spending $12,000.00 on an unfinished interior and yet old tires are still on the car. It really makes a person think whaaaazup with that ???

    Like 3

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