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Would You Restore or Just Preserve This Car?

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Glad to see that you are enjoying it in it's "working clothes." Many times it is a lot more fun to cruise in a car that you are not worried that a pebble on the roadway flung by the tires will chip a little piece of paint. Or a kid with an Icecream may drip a little on the bumper. Maybe even getting caught in the rain. Enjoy it, Drive it, Preserve it. And in that order. Also, know that the guys with the trailer Queens are not having as much fun as you being the worry warts that they are. I swear that a lot of them do not even know how to smile. :P.... :cool: Dandy Dave!

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I started this thread by noting that this is the only 53 Dodge convertible in the WPC's roster. They made fewer 54 convertibles, yet at last count I believe there were six of that year in the roster (probably due to the fact some of the 54's were Indianapolis 500 pace car replicas, hence were collectible from the start). Since my original post two years ago one more 53 has surfaced, although I understand it's basically a shell. So far as I know, mine's the earliest build surviving, so might still be the oldest Dodge hemi convertible existing.

Many here have acknowledged this is an uncommon car. Does anyone reading this know of any others? I'm aware of the ones that can be found doing an internet search. The easiest way to distinguish between 53's and 54's is that in 54 they flipped the side trim side to side, revised the grille to include a vertical post in the middle and added a small chrome fin to the top of each rear fender. And (more trivia)very early 53's had a different taillight lens and bezel that did not include two visable screws to hold the lenses in place.

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