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1931 Chrysler CD8 Deluxe Royal Coupe on eBay

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I see a very nice "survivor" 1931 Chrysler CD8 Royal Deluxe Coupe on ebay today, wonderful patina, looks original throughout although may have an old repaint. Be interesting to see what it sells for (if it sells), has a reserve. ebay# 303432299568. Maybe someone on here who knows how to load ad onto AACA forum. Not Mine, car is in Michigan. Pretty rare car.
 

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That's a good-looking car. I've long thought the CD8 was an under-rated machine with some of the best lines of anything of the period. Nice originality on that one.

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I am wondering if she is really an 8 ?

The distance from the side louvers to the grille looks kind of short for an 8.

The brightwork alone is worth what the current 8K + bid.

But lots of time for the late bidders to jump in.

Wishing I had more room, Would make a very nice DW's car..............

 

Mike in Colorado

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22 minutes ago, FLYER15015 said:

I am wondering if she is really an 8 ?

The distance from the side louvers to the grille looks kind of short for an 8.

The brightwork alone is worth what the current 8K + bid.

But lots of time for the late bidders to jump in.

Wishing I had more room, Would make a very nice DW's car..............

 

Mike in Colorado

The eight cylinder engine in the ad....DEFINITELY an eight....

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The 8 digit firing order is shown on the manifold....

CD8 engine2 (2).jpg

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Can I ask what that cable actuated mechanism is on the exhaust manifold?  I am guessing the lever device on the thermostat is to open the front louvers? 

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BB, yes there is a thermostatically controlled gizmo that opens the grill as engine warms. There is a butterfly valve in manifold as a heat riser to warm fuel in bowl etc at startup, with a pull on dash. I like the fact this car appears so original, ad says drives nicely, suggesting one could buy it and drive it just as it is. I expect it would be a big attraction at nearly any car event. 

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I know I am being petty but I don't like the two piece windscreens on this model.

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I saw this just after it was listed last night. A conversation with the seller has the reserve set at 25k. Cool ride!

 

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Just a great looking coupe with clean lines on the whole car. I love these Chryslers!

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Also, there is a red / maroon '31 Chrysler "Royal Special" fully restored for $24,500.00 in Ault Colorado.

It is listed on Classic cars.com

Engine bay looks quite clean and the grey upholstery looks well done.

Listing shows 40,850 on the clock.

F Y I

 

Mike in Colorado

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Here’s another great unrestored car that I wish I had the room and cash for. It’s the originality that I love and with an 8 it could keep up with modern traffic!

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11 hours ago, FLYER15015 said:

Also, there is a red / maroon '31 Chrysler "Royal Special" fully restored for $24,500.00 in Ault Colorado.

It is listed on Classic cars.com

Engine bay looks quite clean and the grey upholstery looks well done.

Listing shows 40,850 on the clock.

F Y I

 

Mike in Colorado

 

Problem is the maroon car is a open quarter sedan,  and the black car here is a business coupe.

 

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I didnt know they had 4 speeds then. Thought they all had 3 speeds.

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36 minutes ago, deaddds said:

I didnt know they had 4 speeds then. Thought they all had 3 speeds.

 

In addition to the usual three speeds, there's an ultra-low first gear that you probably would never use (high gear is still the usual 1:1, no overdrive). It's really like there are two first gears, and they both share the same left-and-down slot. That first gear slot is actually forked, and depending on which side of the fork you choose, that's which first gear you get. It would be impossible to shift, say, from the ultra-low first to the regular first, but you can go from either first gear to second, as usual. Packard had a similar setup, maybe others, too. I don't know why in 1931 or so everyone thought they needed that ultra-low gear--it was as if they said, "Well, it's the Depression and all, people are going to use their Chryslers as tractors because they can't afford both." Strange but there it is.

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41 minutes ago, deaddds said:

I didnt know they had 4 speeds then. Thought they all had 3 speeds.

Most Chrysler products of the era had a three speed, but Chrysler had a four speed.

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Franklin offered 2 different maker 4 speeds in the same gearing.  You could walk next to it in low.

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I really like the Maroon 4 door but I have a thing for maroon 31 four doors.  

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For the machinery geeks out there, Heavy Duty (or "extra low" as some called it) ratio was 3.627-1, starting gear (1st gear) was 2.483-1, 2nd gear (accelerating) was 1.383-1 and final drive (also called speed or direct) was 1-1. Reverse was 3.137-1, so extra low was even higher ratio than reverse. Final drive in Extra Low at rear was about 15-1. Don't know just why they went to this "extra low", most likely seldom used. 

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The extra low-low seems unnecessary  today in most cases. I have a 1929 Franklin Roadster that when  its full of people front and back and I get caught at the light in Lakeville near home I always use it. The light is at the base of a 10% grade and starting out in regular low makes the old girl grown  a bit. The gearbox is a Warner T-77 with low low all to the left and down. Regular low is right next door under reverse. I can take the motor up to speed and shift right into regular low like cutting butter with a hot knife. Its a sweet gearbox...

 

But getting back to the reason  WHY many cars had them back in the day is  MUD. The roads were lousy and imagine churning along on a muddy soft road. What gear would you use? LOW- LOW . I'm sure.  This is my guess....

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Mike you are correct, add that most roads had no shoulder so if you went off with one rear wheel you could easily get stuck with out the low gear to get you out.

At the Franklin Club trek Bill Harrah decades ago brought a 1930 Franklin Pursuit ( dual cowl) phaeton . I was riding with him and his current girl friend at that time and on one of the tours he backed it into a soft area with one rear wheel . So he indeed did use that low first gear and the car just walked its way out with out any need for a tow or assistance. We both smiled at each other about that - he lady friend didn't understand.........😊

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great looking car, but really doubt it will sell. There is a 31 Auburn that has been listed 3x and cant make 20k. Much nicer condition and a suicide door vicki.

 

this market is so so soft right now. Easier to sell a model A  Ford.

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19 minutes ago, mercer09 said:

great looking car, but really doubt it will sell. There is a 31 Auburn that has been listed 3x and cant make 20k. Much nicer condition and a suicide door vicki.

 

this market is so so soft right now. Easier to sell a model A  Ford.

Mercer09 , If you are referring to the cream 31 Auburn with plum colored fenders listed at $ 38,500 on this forum what do you think that car has over this Chrysler? Im curious?

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