1959 Chrysler Windsor

This 1959 Chrysler Windsor Hardtop Sedan is a true survivor with under 39,000 original miles on the clock.  Even the optional two-tone paint, Spanish Silver over Winchester Grey, is in great shape and what was applied in the factory 58 years ago!

Clearly a very well looked after car that has averaged less than 700 miles per year since it was made!

The Windsor is actually built on the Dodge chassis and has a wheelbase 4 inches smaller than the Saratoga and New Yorker.

1959 Chrysler Windsor Hardtop Sedan Rear

Rear view

This was to be the last year that Chrysler cars would be constructed with separate body . 1960 would see the change to unibody construction.

Notice how the roof color matches the color inside the color sweep along the side of the car.

1959 Chrysler Windsor Side View

Side view

Even the silver vinyl and black metallic threaded cloth interior is what came with the car when it rolled out of the factory when new. As are the door panels, headlining and carpet!

1959 Chrysler Windsor Interior

Original interior

Look how cool the dash and instruments look. It's had to believe the Windsor was the base model for '59. Note the push-button gear selection on the far left and padded "safety" dash. The latter was standard on the New Yorker and Saratoga but an optional extra on the Windsor.

1959 Chrysler Windsor dash

Beautiful dash

Power comes from the original 383 cubic inch Golden Lion V8 engine with 2-barrel Carter carburetor giving an output of 305 horsepower. This is paired with a TorqueFlite automatic transmission with push button selection (a $227 option over the standard 3-speed manual transmission).

1959 Chrysler Golden Lion 383 B Block Wedge V8

Golden Lion 383 B-block Wedge V8

Golden Lion was the name given to Chrysler's new wedge-head B-block engines.  Together with the "Lion-Hearted" look, these phrases were used along with a lion image for marketing purposes in the sales literature. Accompanying the cars was a lion emblem on the seat backs, the valve covers and the front doors (both as an embossed image on the door panels and as a badge on the outside) .

Chrysler built a total of 6,084 Windsor Hardtop Sedans for the 1959 model year. The base price for this model would have started at $3,353. In addition to the optional Torque-Flite automatic transmission mentioned above, there is a Music Master push-button radio at $100, and it is also fitted with power steering and power brakes, options costing $108 and $44 respectively.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos´╗┐)

Recommended Reading

Chrysler Heritage: A Photographic History

Chrysler Heritage: A Photographic History by Michael W. R. Davis

Over 200 vintage photographs help tell the story of Chrysler's Heritage. From the acquisition of Dodge and the introduction of Plymouth and DeSoto, Chrysler grew to be a mighty force in the motor industry.

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