26th Apr, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 11

1937 Chrysler Royal C16
No Reserve

Sold for £8,325

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: PFO 615
Chassis No: 6902946
MOT: Exempt

  • Current family ownership since 1993
  • Instruction book, workshop manual, a collection of old MOTs and its original New Zealand logbook
  • Believed to be the only example of this model in the United Kingdom
  • Detroit built and then exported to New Zealand when new

The "Royal" nameplate was used for one year in 1933 when the Airflow replaced the Royal in 1934, then brought back in 1937 when the Airflow sold poorly, and was sold alongside the Airflow which continued to offer the Chrysler Straight Eight. A November 1936 advertisement listed the 1937 Royal as available in ten body types, starting at USD$715 ($13,962 in 2021 dollars), with the four-door sedan at USD$815 ($15,915 in 2021 dollars). The 1937 Royal Series C-16 was installed with the Chrysler Straight Six and took the entry-level position in the Chrysler hierarchy, while being shared with the DeSoto Airstream. Total production run of this Sedan model variation ran to 62,408 units and only a small number of these were right-hand drive versions for export to New Zealand and Australia. British versions were built at Kew, London. It was powered by a 93hp Straight 6-cylinder side valve, 3,780cc Straight 6 engine.

'PFO 615' is believed to be the only example of this model in the United Kingdom and has been in its current family ownership since 1995. This car was originally built in Detroit and exported to New Zealand where it remained until it was imported into the UK in 1995. A total production run of 1200 units of the Sedan model were produced and very few of those would have been right-hand drive. There were ten owners up to 1993 but it had been laid up for the last 20 years. It was then acquired by a family member at a mileage of 50,985 miles in 1993. The car was renovated in New Zealand over the next 2 years and then imported into England, where it had its first MOT at 51,034 miles and was registered here in November 1995. The car has remained with the family in Wimbledon and Northampton, and now has a loving home near Leek, Staffordshire, where, according to the vendor, "...it easily climbs Ladderedge Bank at 40mph". Accompanying the Royal is an instruction book, workshop manual, a collection of old MOTs and its original New Zealand logbook.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 26th Apr, 2023

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An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars to be held in the beautiful surrounds of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire.  

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