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Robert Rottman

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« on: September 23, 2008, 05:57:30 AM »

Hey guys, There's a guy in my area that claims he has one of these...and that it's the real deal... He bought it at an local estate auction. Are these rare? I would think most of the D500 cars were hardtops. Any body have production totals for 1957 Dodge? He says it's all original right down to the paint/interior/chrome...the dual quads everything. He's planning to resell...I'd like to be ready and up to speed on the details before he does...Thanks, Bob
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2008, 06:04:22 AM »

A two-door seedan makes me think police car with that engine package.  I'm not the resident fin-car expert but I thought the D500 Custom Royal Lancers were all hard-tops or convertibles.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2008, 06:22:43 AM »

Yeah, I looked around on the internet last night and did find a few things on it. The police cars got the Super D500 package...not sure what this means other than more horsepower...but it was a step up from the D500 offered to the public. This guy is calling it a 325 ci Hemi with dual quads. I myself did not know the Hemi was a 325 ci... I thought the Hemis were 354 ci and larger. I thought the 325 ci was the "red ram". Hopefully someone here with some knowledge on these will reply. Also, the car is turquois and white and supposedly the paint codes on the car matches the colors....so I don't think it's a former police car. Who knows though...Anything is possible after 50+ years.
 
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2008, 06:49:05 AM »

The 1957 D-500 was a 325 Hemi with a single 4 bbl carb and 285 hp. The Super D-500 was the same but with dual 4 bbls and 310 hp. There was also a D-501 which was the 354 dual 4 bbl that had 340 hp. This was a mid-year offering.
There were 500 D-500 dual carb 325 Hemis planned and approx. 101 D-501 Hemis were built.
 These weren't called police packages, just higher performance packages available on the entire series of Dodges in 1957. The car was available in a 2 door club sedan. 

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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2008, 07:08:13 AM »

Thanks stitcherbob, I appreciate the info. So it looks like this car is a Super D-500 since it has dual quads. They could have been added later though. And only 500 of these were planned?....If the carbs are original to the car, (I don't know how anyone would know for sure other than decoding the tags on the car...) do you know what this car would be worth if it's actually what the guy says it is....0 rust ever....all original...no abuse, 51,000 miles etc. Remember it's a post car not a hardtop unfortunately...I've looked at NADA, Gold, Col. Car Market Review....they're all over the place....from $5,000-11,000....add 20-30% for D500 package. Some don't even list a 325 engine for that year Coronet.
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2008, 09:03:49 AM »

The Chrysler Corp. used several different motors for each division, thus no 331 Dodge and no 325 Chrysler, etc.  Such was very common in the 50s for all manufacturers.
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2008, 09:10:11 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2008, 07:01:33 PM »

The D-500 series was built mainly to homogolate the Nascar stuff back in the day where they had to build a minimum of 500 cars to allow the car on the track.The D-500 designation was available on any body style,so the Dodge camp can use a loophole to say that indeed there are 500 plus of these "packages" "out there".
Regardless,the car you are enquiring about is a rare bird indeed.Especially when you factor in that the car was overshadowed by its big brother Chrysler 300 letter series cars.Plus Plymouth was out selling Dodge at that time as well.
1957 also saw a  ban on all open factory participation in racing.
A D-500 equipped Dodge won its class at the Daytona speed trials clocking a flying mile at 130.577 MPH
This was overshadowed and beat by a 300C with a speed of 134 MPH.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2008, 07:29:31 PM »

Very cool info guys and a neat car by the sounds of it.
 
As for value...well that's a tough one, due to it's rarity and if the car is as original and rust free and in good shape them I can't see why it wouldn't be worth $10K???
 
As for Hemi engine sizes...I believe the smallest hemi was a desoto 231 red ram hemi and then there were a host of odd ball sizes over the years.
 
 
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2008, 08:09:03 PM »

The D-501 sounds like a Chrysler 354 shoehorned into the Dodge.....now you better look that car over carefully! Take a measuring tape with ya...

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« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2008, 09:29:57 PM »

I'm salivating over this car already!  Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2008, 05:35:33 AM »

Yeah I was salivating too...now I'm really bummed. I got into work this morning only to find an e-mail from him saying that "he took a deposit on the d500" last night! I didn't even get a chance to look at it!! I knew I needed to get over there ASAP....I tried calling him on his cell phone yesterday...but kept getting a recording that the number is no longer in service/has been disconnected. He's also selling a Junk-Bucket I guess....and some guy came over to look at it .....apparently he also saw the Dodge and talked this guy into selling it to him. I can't believe it...It will take some time to get over this debacle....I have to keep telling myself that it just wasn't meant to be. I wish I'd never heard about the car now.
 
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« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2008, 07:04:12 AM »

That's what happened to me on the 58 Plymouth wagon.  We played phone Tag for 4 days
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« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2008, 09:33:31 AM »

Bummer...would have been a nice car...
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