Absolutely breathtaking ground up restoration to brand-new presentation.
This is a truly mint condition Chrysler Saratoga sedan with an original 54,200 miles. The car was a 1 owner from Wichita Kansas right up until 2007. It was purchased by a maniac of perfection that made this car the very special example she is today.
Since purchase by its collector owner, the car was restored to epic proportions. Over $75,000 was spent on a ground up restoration which delivered a completed car that is literally like new (using modern paint processes, she is actually better!). Nothing was modified or changed, with the entire restoration concept based on keeping the car original in presentation.
When the car was first purchased in 2007, it was a completely rust-free, totally straight and never painted car. Even in its pre-restoration state, the car presented very well, 100% original and sporting mild patina of a barn find of this vintage. The collector owner engaged a restoration with the strict them; I want this car to look like it was brand new in 1952. This was achieved with overwhelming success.
To give you an idea of its original excellent condition state prior to the restoration, please refer to the photos of the firewall in the car which was never touched during the restoration process - simply cleaned. You can see just how original the car was.
The restoration included full strip down of the body, fenders, doors, glass, everything. Back to bare metal and repaint. The colour was perfectly matched from the original by coding and matching to inside door panels and various un-touched areas. All the chrome work was redone to A grade standard. This alone was in excess of $15,000. (We are not sure why the hood motifs are gold but can only assume it was a special request of the owner).
The engine was stripped down, items rebuilt as needed and each part meticulously repainted prior to reassembly. The underside of the car was treated no differently. Mechanically, the car needs nothing.
The interior was completely reupholstered to best matching original fabrics and materials. The dash was not redone and is an excellent testament as to how clean the car was to commence with.
The end result of this massive restoration is what you see today; a 52 Chrysler Saratoga that is, for all intents and purposes, a new car. Needless to say, she drives like a new one also. The only reversible modifications to be noted are; seat-belts, modern battery with cut-off and radial ply tyres.
The car comes with its original operating manual and owner service certificate.
As for price and value, this is not for the faint-hearted. If your interest to purchase is to attach value based on what is a 52 Saratoga is, or may be, worth, this car is not for you. THIS 52 Chrysler is for the discerning and nostalgic buyer who wants a brand new 52 Chrysler. The car is as perfect as you would expect and with some $75,000 spent to get her to this current state, she is most likely the BEST example in the world. Sound all a bit crazy? Well, the owner who restored this beauty was crazy in love with her. The next owner will surely be the same!
~~ I am always reticent in making claims on “show standard” but for this 52 Chrysler, this is everything of a true concours quality car. She is as perfect as one could expect and is 100% show quality. ~~
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Original photos of car when purchased in 2007 ~ you can see how straight & original she was:
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This Chrysler is part of a private collection. I am not a broker or retail-style car dealer; although licensed, I am a professional car collector of some 30 years with considerable experience and knowledge of British and European Cars. I have a long standing reputation being associated with Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor cars which I take seriously. I take a lot of pride in my cars and have fun in collecting and restoring them. However, auctions are not a game so when you place a bid or offer, and you are the winning bidder, please understand you have entered a binding contract. You cannot bid and win the auction and expect not to meet the terms and conditions. Bidding and/or winning does not mean you are expecting me to “hold” the car until you have the opportunity to inspect it. Any inspection contemplated should be undertaken BEFORE you bid or make an offer and I openly welcome any potential buyer to come and personally inspect the car. Once you bid or make an offer, you are doing so to buy WITHOUT conditions. A $2,000 deposit (non-refundable) is required within 24 hours of the close of the auction and payable by PayPal. The balance of funds are required within 7 days of the close of the auction and must be provided by cashier’s check or bank wire. I cannot accept PayPal for the balance unless you are willing to meet the cost of transfer fees. Full payment must be made (and payments cleared) before the title and/or the vehicle is released. All payments are non-refundable. Payments as described above form an important part of this purchase contract and so, if all the funds are not received as outlined above, I reserve the right to terminate the transaction without notice. If there has been any deposit or other part payments received and I elect to terminate the contract, I reserve the right to keep any such deposits or payments and resell the vehicle to another bidder or interested party or re-list the vehicle at any time. I am happy to assist with shipping arrangements on a national and worldwide basis but the winning bidder takes full responsibility for pickup and/or shipping and at his cost.
As a collector and experienced restorer of classic cars, I make every effort to bring my cars to a very high standard. Unless specifically stated, the car is not of show standard but of good quality driver condition. Please understand, the very nature of these classics is such that it is not always possible to attend to every single item, or perhaps I may have inadvertently overlooked an item. Please note, fitted radio/stereo systems are usually subject to upgrade by purchasers so I do not ensure operation of these. Further, a feature or function that is working perfectly one moment, may decide to play-up the next. After all, it is some 60 years old. For this reason it is necessary for the following condition:
The vehicle is being sold as-is/where-is with no warranty expressed, written or implied. Any descriptions or representations are made with reasonable judgment and all efforts are made to ensure fair assessment and accuracy but they are for descriptive and identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. The seller shall not be responsible for errors in description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, unforeseen imperfection, defect or damage. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have satisfied himself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects at the buyer’s request prior to the close of the auction. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle. Being a classic car in excess of 10 years of age, in most US states, the mileage may be recorded as “exempt”. In this regard the seller makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the mileage indicated or shown. I can hold the vehicle up to 30 days while you arrange shipping but you must immediately insure it. I will not bear any responsibility for any additional costs including storage, transportation, or repair after the close of the auction. Whereas I am happy to store the car in excess of 30 days from auction end, a cost of $35 per day shall apply beyond 30 days of auction end. Also, you must remember that this is a classic +/-60 year old vehicle, and while it is up to you, I do not recommend that you just “hop in and drive it across the country”. At least, I have never done that. I have always professionally transported the cars in enclosed carriers from where I bought them to my home.
PLEASE; IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ABIDE BY THESE TERMS, MESSAGE ME BEFORE YOU BID AS, RESPECTFULLY, THERE CAN BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
|“Excellent & immaculate overall clean condition. Mechanically well maintained with all recent services completed. Accident and rust free. Paint & finishings rank "perfect". Technically; in excellent condition. All electrics and features & functions, in working condition. No "unknown" major defects, but with possible weaknesses as you should expect with any +/-60 year old classic. Car is otherwise to show standard. See item description for full details.” |
| Year: || 1952 || VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): || 76526377 |
| Mileage: || 54000 || Exterior Color: || Sage Green |
| Make: || Chrysler || Interior Color: || Dark green |
| Model: || Saratoga || Number of Cylinders: || 8 |
| Trim: || 4 door sedan || Transmission: || Semi automatic |
| Engine: || Hemi V8 || Body Type: || Sedan |
| Drive Type: || Rear Wheel drive || Warranty: || Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty |
| Vehicle Title: || Clear || Sub Model: || 4 door sedan |
| Fuel Type: || Gasoline |