Royalty! 1957 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer


The auction description says that a collector is having to sell a large number of unrestored Mopars–right up our Barn Finds alley! This particular one has been stored since the current owner purchased it in 1990, but we are assured that it ran then and still does now. Under the hood certainly looks like the best part of the car, which according to the license plates has been off the road since 1972. The bodywork seems mostly solid, although a hole in the driver’s door will certainly require attention, and there are some other spots where work will be needed–that driver’s door is awfully rippled. I almost thought the floorboard was completely rusted away, but it’s actually a missing access panel. While the interior is present, it’s useful only for patterns. The car is located in South San Fransisco, California and the auction is being conducted here on eBay, where the opening bid of $3,000 has been met and there’s no reserve. What do you think?


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  1. jim s

    up to $6099 with more then 5 days to go. are they interested in the whole or just the motor/drivetrain?

  2. seth

    at least he is honest about the mileage!

  3. TJP440

    Definite MONEY PIT, Cool cars but this one has A lot of rust issues hiding under the paint and other COSTLY items needed. LOOK closely at the pictures. 6k with a few days to go, someone’s gonna get hurt on this one

  4. Ed P

    I agree with TPJ. This car has more rust than is apparent. The entire ’57 line from Chrysler was notorious for rust. I hope that whoever buys this Dodge is aware of the potential for rust.

  5. GaryMc

    Is it just me or does that vin tag look messed with.

  6. The Walrus

    Nobody’s getting ‘hurt’ on this at $6K. $6K is closer to 5 money than 4 according to the Aug 15 OCPG. Which is exactly what it is (between 5 and 4) if it in fact runs. A 5 may not run, whereas a 4 is running. Even if it wasn’t running it would be closer to a 4 because it hasn’t been all hacked up by ‘backyard experts’ over the last half century. It wouldn’t surprise me if this goes to $7500, as it still wouldn’t be a terrible buy. So tiresome when people speculate on values when the facts are so easy to find.

    1957 Custom Royal, V-8, 122″ wb
    2d HT 6-1,640 5-4,920 4-8,200 3-18,450 2-28,700 1-41,000

    • The Rhino

      Great car. My first. You are right. These cars had many innovative parts. Wish I had seen this one.

  7. Gary

    Good to know that someone is going to bring this winged bad boy back! I like these old mopar classic’s!

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