Here is a very rare car. It is a Dodge Wayfarer Roadster from 1949, of which only 5420 were made.

The super rare Dodge Wayfarer Roadster of 1949. Our car has achieved full UK registration and licence plates, and is MOT Exempt, and Road Tax Exempt

Known as the D-29 series, the Wayfarer  had a 6 cylinder, side valve engine of 3.8 litre, with a 3-speed fluid drive gearbox and a folding soft top. The car had no external door locks and the wipers were vacuum powered. Built between 1949 and 1952 the Wayfarer shot to fame in later years by being the car used by John Travolta in the film Grease. Low-cost two-seat Roadsters were plentiful and popular on the American market in the `20s, but somehow fell out of favour. So, in an attempt to spice up an otherwise rather lacklustre line-up 20 years later, Dodge hit upon the idea of turning the clock back and including a basic Roadster within its new 1949 Wayfarer range, that also comprised a two-door Saloon and Business Coupe and, of 63,816 Wayfarers sold that year, 5,420 were Roadsters. The emphasis was on fun and affordability, so the specification included a single bench-type front seat and relatively rudimentary hood. Power was provided by an L head straight-six engine of 3.8-litres. Those lower than hoped-for first year sales were put down to the post-war public requiring more creature comforts that their predecessors, so for 1950 the Roadster was slightly up-specced and renamed the Sportabout. As the required targets were still not met, the model had been dropped from the range by 1952, but there is no doubt its initial inclusion had created some much-needed interest in the otherwise rather tired Dodge brand and, as is so often the way (think MG C for example) the Roadster, the model that never quite took off in period, is now the most sought after of the Wayfarer family.

This delightful 1949 example now offered was imported into the UK from Canada by ourselves, where it had been a multiple trophy winner. It is understood to have been fully restored in 2010/1 being repainted in the original Airmaster Red. The restoration included putting the car on a rotisserie, and amongst the new parts fitted were bumpers, grille, whitewall tyres, new glass throughout, full interior refit by Chinook Upholstery, new canvas soft top, new carpets inside the car and the boot too.The engine was rebuilt by Competition Services in Crossfield, the suspension was replaced and the brakes were all new. In 2011 an appraisal was made of the vehicle by Nelson Racing who estimated the value at 36,000 dollars – 6 years ago!

The Dodge Wayfarer roadster drives very well indeed, and the engine is smooth as a sewing machine. The gears work well, and there are no known mechanical issues.

The car is sold with MOT, UK registration and 3 month engine and gearbox warranty. Please call us on 01476 563001 to arrange a viewing and test drive.

 

Details

  • Condition: Used
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Recorded Mileage: 62,000
  • Engine Size: 3800cc
  • Date First Registered: 1949
  • Drive Side: LHD
  • Fuel: Petrol
  • Body Colour: Airmaster Red
  • Interior Colour: Tan
  • Tax Exempt: Yes
  • MOT Exempt: Yes
  • Cylinders: V8
  • Our Price:: £27,950
  • Our Grading: 2
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