Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton

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There were as many as six of these Newport Dual Cowl Phaetons produced in 1940 and 1941. Some say five examples were produced, while others swore that six were built. The car was designed as a Dream Car by Ralph Roberts. Each car was custom built, and each was painted and trimmed differently. Each rode on a RWD Imperial chassis, were powered by a straight-eight engine and a 3-speed manual transmission.

The 1941 Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton was the first Chrysler using the Newport name. Later the name was to be used on a series of 1949-1961 two-door hardtops, and finally starting in 1961 it was used on the Chrysler's entry level full-size after Desoto was killed off.

One was produced without hide away headlights for Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.

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Background

The Chrysler Newport first appeared in the early 1940's. It was initially known as the Golden Arrow, then the Newport Phaeton and finally the Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton. The design was by Ralph Roberts and they were built by LeBaron under the direction of Alex Tremulis and Ralph Roberts; expanding on the idea of Duesenberg's Dual Cowl Phaeton. Production lasted from 1940 through 1941, ending due to WWII. Only five were produced for the show circuit, the goal being a Dream Car design study going on tour competing with Harley Earl's Buick Y-Job. Four were sold to private citizens after the US entry into WWII. They were all powered by an eight-cylinder engine and used a three-speed gearbox to send the power to the rear wheels. A Newport appeared at the Indianapolis 500 race in 1941 and served as a pace car.


Technical

Chassis

Imperial

Available Engines

Chrysler Spitfire" 143 hp L-head straight-8 engine with dual carburetors

Available Transmissions

  • Floor Shifted 3-speed manual
  • 3-speed fluid drive with overdrive
  • 3-speed 'Vacamatic' overdrive (allowing clutch-less shifting between standard and overdrive ratios in second and third)

Overall Length

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Overall Width

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Height

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Wheelbase

145.5"

Front/Rear Track

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Curb Weight

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Famous Examples of This Model

Movies

Actress Lana Turner owned one

Other Famous Owners

Walter P. Chrysler, the founder of Chrysler, drove one as his personal vehicle

Racing

A Chrysler Newport paced the 1941 Indianapolis 500

Names of Contributor

User:BK

References

Books & Magazine References

Internet



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