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Lot Number
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1931 Chrysler CD 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $120,000 - $140,000
CHASSIS NO: 7511781
• Beautiful and adventurous Dual Cowl styling
• Eye-catching restoration and presentation
• Former AACA First Place Award winner
• Driven less than 2,500 miles since restoration

ADDENDUM: Not an Imperial as mentioned in the printed catalogue description

282 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, 100 HP, four-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 124”


Built at Detroit’s former Chalmers plant and debuted January 1924, auto industry veteran Walter P. Chrysler’s first automobile bearing his own name was a well engineered and innovative, medium priced six-cylinder car with above average performance. Delivering outstanding value, the new Chrysler featured hydraulic brakes, a tubular front axle, aluminum pistons, and full pressure lubrication. Predictably, it was a hit with some 32,000 examples sold in the first year of production, and model development was swift and continuous. In addition to their excellent performance and durability, Chryslers of the late 1920s and early 1930s were proven in top racing events. Among the races contested, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Mille Miglia, and Spa 24 Hours, Chrysler garnered impressive results against Europe’s motorsports giants including Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, and Mercedes-Benz. At the turn of the 1930s, Chrysler added its mighty Imperial Eight and continued to update its core six-cylinder models.

This striking 1931 Chrysler CD Dual Cowl Phaeton features all the fine attributes for which this elegant and magnificent motorcar is known. As 1 of just 113 built, this grand Phaeton is a special car commanding attention wherever it goes. Starting from the finely sculptured grille featuring gleaming Art Deco design, flanked by huge bullet shaped headlamps with Trippe Safety lights below, its long and sweeping front fenders are nicely accented by dual side-mounted spares and its immense length is accented by a rear luggage rack. Wide whitewall tires, mounted on cream colored wire wheels, offer a nice contrast to the striking two-tone green body finish. Power for this Imperial comes from a 384.8 cubic-inch inline L-head eight-cylinder engine rated at 125 horsepower. Chrysler engineering always dictated that their engines were reliable, and this straight-eight is no exception. Smooth, powerful, and uncannily quiet operation were just a few of the hallmarks that made the Imperials arrival more of a sight to behold rather than announcing themselves with unnecessary noise. Stopping is not difficult due to hydraulic brakes; a must-have on a car of this grand size. Of course, one could only expect that a car of this stature would have an interior that rivals the finest mansions in Newport and, accordingly, the Imperial does not disappoint as it speaks to an era of hand-crafted elegance that has long passed. The interior is upholstered in fine green leather that’s soft and supple. All door panels, carpeting, and trim accessories are accounted for and the dashboard is a marvel of simplicity with all gauges neatly housed in the color-keyed dashboard complete with clock face gauges. Rear passengers are treated to the ultimate in comfort as the dual-cowl body includes a rear windshield and rear legroom is impressive. Entry and egress are made easy with the lift up rear cowl. The immense size of the steering wheel gives an indication of the sheer magnitude of this car, which would require nothing less for parking in tight places. This Chrysler is an AACA First Place Award winner and it has been driven less than 2,500 miles since its full restoration was completed. As offered, it is fully tuned, mechanically sound, and runs and drives wonderfully. Beauty, rarity, and splendor all come together in this magnificent Chrysler from the very heart of the Classic Era and this highly sporting example is ready for touring or showing enjoyment as desired. From the fine line of Chrysler’s early big eight-cylinder cars, this 1931 CD Dual Cowl Phaeton’s enduring restoration and opulent appointments make it a truly fine motorcar on every level.

1931 Chrysler CD 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton
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