FRAME OFF RESTORED IN 2004, ONLY A FEW HUNDRED MILES SINCE RESTO, ORIGINAL CAR
This 1925 Chrysler B70 5-passenger phaeton is the genesis of the Chrysler Corporation. After resigning from GM's presidency in 1922, Walter Chrysler acquired Maxwell and put his own name on the cars in 1925. Featuring many advanced features such as hydraulic brakes, full pressure lubrication, and lightweight construction, this was arguably the best mass-produced car in the world at the time. And with a beautiful restoration just a few years ago, there can't be many examples nicer than this.
Finished in a handsome combination of light blue with dark blue fenders and splash aprons, this is a rakish-looking car that is the epitome of the Roaring '20s. The 5-passenger sport phaeton is arguably the most desirable body style, and the big Chrysler doesn't look frumpy like its contemporaries, but low slung and sporty. The restoration was completed in 2004 and it hasn't been used much since, mostly just parades and other special occasions, so it's still in fine condition overall. The wood-framed bodywork has nice shut lines and doors that close well, plus a hood that opens and latches without a fight. There's a great gloss to the paint, but not the modern hard shine that never looks right on an old car; instead it's got just the right look for the period. Details like the radiator shell, headlight rings, and bumpers were all restored using chrome instead of the original nickel, but the brighter look and lower maintenance are welcome.
The blue interior is simple and functional, using wide pleats to replicate the original look. It's vinyl instead of the original leather, but most folks won't be able to tell the difference and the low-maintenance material is a great choice for a car that's going to get driven. The big wood-rimmed steering wheel was fully restored and the handsome instrument panel features such innovations as an actual temperature gauge (instead of a moto-meter out on the radiator cap) and internal back-lighting, something that most automakers wouldn't adopt until the 1930s. There's plenty of stretch-out room in the back seat, while the driving controls should be familiar, including the 3-speed manual transmission, which, of course, requires a quick double-clutch for most gear changes. The top is white canvas with an oval rear window that looks right for the 1920s and gives the car a bright, jaunty look when it's up.
Chrysler's reputation for advanced engineering began here, and the B70 was named for its 70 MPH top speed. The red head on the 201.5 cubic inch six-cylinder engine denotes high compression (4.7:1, about 10% more than the rest of the industry) and it makes a fairly robust 68 horsepower. With seven main bearings, it's durable, smooth, and torquey, and uses innovations such as the aforementioned full pressure lubrication and the industry's very first removable oil filter. It was rebuilt when the car was restored and runs well using its original six-volt electrical system and vacuum tank. The engine bay is neatly detailed with minor signs of use while the undercarriage shows the thoroughness of the restoration with a new exhaust system and bright fittings throughout. Notably, Chrysler was one of the first automakers to adopt hydraulic brakes, which are external contracting on the drums behind those handsome wood-spoked wheels and big 5.50x20 whitewall tires.
A big, handsome, speed early touring car, this Chrysler represents an important milestone in automotive history. A joy to drive and well-sorted, it's a car that can be enjoyed immediately at almost any level. Call today!
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