Sometimes a restoration cost will far outweigh the current value of a car. We do it because we have an attachment and end up on a mission to save a car at all costs. Other times its the desire to get every detail as perfect as possible and that costs.
This 1952 Chrysler Saratoga 4-door sedan is one such car. The mission? To make the car as perfect as possible. With a reported $75,000 spent on this car this car has become something quite special.
Having had just one owner until 2007 this Chrysler was then purchased by someone that truly fell in love with the car. Sitting with just 54,000 miles on the clock this was a car that they truly wanted to make perfect again. The restoration brief was to make her look like it was when brand new in 1952.
The 1952 Saratoga was essentially the same car as in 1951 and saw very few changes from the previous year although the taillights were revised.
Unusually the hood ornaments on this car are gold - the best guess were these were a special order by the original owner.
Inside the attention to detail continues with reupholstered seats with matched fabrics. The dash remains original which shows us how excellent this car was to begin with. The only concession to originality is the addition of seat belts.
Under the hood is a 331.1 cubic inch "Firepower" V8 Hemi engine. It produced 180 horsepower and was introduced the previous year. This is paired with a Presto-Matic semi-automatic transmission. Both came as standard with the Saratoga.
Here's how things started in barn find condition back in 2007, The car was all original and low mileage but the paint was looking tired and faded.
If you wanted to buy a Saratoga 4-door Sedan in 1952 the base price was $3,215. Chrysler made 35,516 of them during the 1951 and 1952 model years (records only show a combined figure for both years).
This Chrysler is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)