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The Dodge DR Series
Featuring a particularly sleek and stylish design, the new-for-1934 Dodge DR-Series models were robustly engineered to match. The well-equipped DR Deluxe line marked a refreshing alternative to the far more numerous Fords of the era, and featured power equivalent to the much-hyped V-8 from two fewer cylinders. Hydraulic brakes and a new independent front suspension were further advantages. Priced from just $665 when new, the five-model DR Deluxe series was supplemented by the lower-production base-model DRXX and extended-wheelbase DS variants. While total DR Deluxe production neared 77,000 units for 1934, only 5,323 dashing 2/4-Passenger Coupes were built and many were modified by hot-rodders of the period; this is one of precious few that survive today in unmodified form.
This exciting find is quite likely one of the finest DRs in existence, with only four owners and less than 28,500 miles from new. It was purchased new by Richard J. Duncalf of Renton, Washington, and used sparingly by him until 1974, when the Dodge passed to his son who traded the car at Tacoma Dodge for a new model. The last registration issued to Mr. Richard Duncalf remains affixed to the car’s steering column. Stan Long and Al Sandine, co-owners of Tacoma Dodge, retained the DR for their collection and soon had it correctly repainted and reupholstered in the original Medium Brown, with the car remaining otherwise original. After a lengthy search for the best possible example and then years of waiting for this particular car, the noted Anaheim, California, broadcaster and collector Art Astor eventually acquired the DR. Under Mr. Astor’s care, the DR was properly stored, maintained, and given regular but limited exercise until August 2008, when the Sacramento-based consignor acquired it for his own impressive collection, which boasts its own restoration staff of knowledgeable technicians.
As offered now, the DR remains in virtual time-capsule condition. It retains excellent original glass and hardware, plus the original running boards. The original rubber step pads, complete with “Dodge Brothers” logo, provide access to the rumble seat, which retains its original upholstery. Other wonderful features include the “Dodge” brand name molded into the taillight lens, the rare spare-tire cover with its beautiful cloisonné Dodge emblem, the steel artillery-style wheels, which retain their original paintwork, the trademark Dodge “Ram” radiator mascot, dual external horns, and a pair of Trippe lights.
The interior is handsomely presented and complete with the original wood grain dash, instrument cluster, and floor mat. The engine bay was carefully detailed in recent years with attention paid to maintaining the remarkable originality and correctness. The underside remains as impressive as the rest of the car. Reported to run and drive very well with a tight feel that only a well-preserved original car can deliver, this 1934 Dodge DR Deluxe is a wonderfully original and exceedingly rare survivor that simply must be experienced.