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With just two owners from new, this rare 1949 Chrysler Royal Station Wagon represents Chrysler’s new-for-1949 model line, and it is one of just 850 examples produced. The consignor acquired the Royal from the original owner in Prescott, Arizona, during 2007 and brought it to San Diego, California, where it was thoroughly restored over a two-year period with truly beautiful results.
Beginning with complete disassembly of this rare woodie, the body was stripped and then repainted in the original Fog Green in 2010 by Jerry Goulette’s Custom Paint and Body, with the burgundy faux-Alligator upholstery by Howard McKee, and chrome brightwork was completed by Escondido Plating. During 2011, the original wood was restored by Mike Richie and the wood-grain finishes were handled by Todd Howe. The factory-original 251 cid engine and Fluid Drive semiautomatic transmission were completely rebuilt during 2011–2012 by Mesa Machine. A new wiring harness comprising a new wiring loom and other components was supplied by Redlands, California’s YnZ’s Yesterday’s Parts. Roger Danials rebuilt the beautifully detailed braking and suspension systems. The thorough restoration also included application of all-new glass, a full cleaning, and a show-quality repaint of the fuel tank, in addition to a newly fabricated honeycomb-type radiator core. Final assembly was completed by the award- winning Curt Holmquest and Dave Hayward of San Diego.
Innumerable details abound with a striking new headliner fitted inside; a recast, original steering wheel; completely restored chrome and brightwork; and NOS parts, including the rocker mouldings, steering-wheel emblem, hood mascot, and the headlamp and panel-light switches. Dynamat insulation provides welcome protection from excess heat and road noise for a pleasurable touring experience, and Bilstein shock absorbers improve ride and handling. Excellent accents include a rare adjustable sun visor, a handsome set of reproduction Chrysler chrome wire wheels, dual “Unity” amber fog lamps, and modern BFGoodrich Radial whitewall tires. The engine bay is beautifully detailed and finished to match the rest of the car, and the inline six-cylinder engine provides additional output with period style upgrades, including twin Carter two-barrel carburetors on a rare Edmunds intake manifold. The split exhaust manifold and dual-exhaust system is complete with glass pack mufflers.
Since completion, the Royal has been driven approximately 700 miles, and it remains striking throughout and as new in both its appearance and running order. A definite standout wherever it goes, this reborn Royal was named the Goodguys Gazette Pick at the California Fall Del Mar Nationals. As offered, the Royal is accompanied by the original intake and exhaust manifolds; air-cleaner assembly; original steel wheels; and restored original full hubcaps; plus books and shop manuals. Rare, collectible, and ready to show or simply provide an amazing touring experience, this 1949 Chrysler Royal Station Wagon is without doubt one of the finest in existence today.