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1933 Chrysler ROYAL EIGHT

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FROM THE MISSOULA AUTO MUSEUM COLLECTION: Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder January 19th 22nd, 2017 at Russo and Steeles 17th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Please contact us for more information. Built at the former Chalmers plant in Detroit, the first automobile bearing auto-industry veteran Walter P. Chryslers own name was introduced during January 1924. A well-engineered and innovative medium-priced six-cylinder car with excellent performance including the ability to hit 70 miles per hour, the new Chrysler delivered outstanding value. Advanced features included hydraulic brakes, a tubular front axle, aluminum pistons, and full-pressure lubrication. Predictably, the Chrysler was a hit with some 32,000 examples sold in the first year of production, and model development was swift and almost continuous. In addition to their excellent over-the-road performance and durability, Chryslers were proven in top racing events between 1925 and 1931. Races included the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, and the Spa 24 Hours, where Chryslers garnered impressive results against such European giants as Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, and many others. At the turn of the 1930s, Chrysler added its mighty Imperial Eight and continued to update and reorganize its core six- and eight-cylinder models substantially. By 1933, the Royal Eight was Chryslers entry-level eight-cylinder line; however, with its outstanding style and commanding presence, one would never have known that it was anything other than a true luxury car. In fact, long before other manufacturers, Chrysler recognized the importance of high-end design across an entire model line. Sporting sweeping new fenders, a sporty, slanted V windshield, single-bar bumpers, an angular radiator shell, and handsome streamlining, as well as rear-opening doors, the Royal Eight exuded glamour and excitement. Engineering a Chrysler forte was not overlooked. Delco-Remy ignition was standard, as were the Floating Power rubber engine mounts, automatically controlled shock absorbers, Lockheed four-wheel hydraulic brakes, and an automatic vacuum-assisted clutch, which made driving the Royal Eight a delight. All things considered, the Chrysler Royal Eight was a bargain, with prices ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 depending on the body style and options selected. In fact, few, if any, Detroit-built automobiles offered so much value for so little money. This 1933 Chrysler Royal Eight sedan is the product of a body-off restoration that was completed just six years ago. Features of this handsome Chrysler include a newer leather interior and a feel of quality. Offered without reserve, it marks a highly enjoyable and attractive Classic Era Chrysler.