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1948 Dodge Custom Series Club Coupe / 31138409 Vehicle Information

1948 Dodge Custom Series photograph

1948 Dodge Custom Series photograph

1948 Dodge Custom Series photograph

1948 Dodge Custom Series photograph

1948 Dodge Custom Series photograph

1948 Dodge Custom Series photograph

1948 Dodge Custom Series photograph

1948 Dodge Custom Series photograph

1948 Dodge Custom Series photograph

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Sold for $60,500 at 2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction.
For 1948, Dodge produced 170,986 examples of their Deluxe model and 479,013 Custom models. Power was from an L-head six-cylinder engine that displaced 230 cubic-inches and produced just over 100 horsepower. They had a three-speed manual gearbox or an optional Fluid-Drive automatic. The Custom Series was priced from $1775 through $2190. Body styles included a 6- or 7-passenger sedan, town sedan, club coupe or convertible.

The seven-passenger sedan rode on a 137.5 inch platform while the remaining vehicles had a 119.5-inch wheelbase.

This one-off coupe designed by Enos Derham and Donald Diskey and commissioned by Chrysler, was based on the five-window Club Coupe. Derham removed the original top, shorten the package tray and moved the rear seat backward by some four inches, installed a new interior and wraparound windows. The wraparound rear window was similar in design to the contemporary Studebaker Starlighter designed by Raymond Loewy.

The interior was completely restyled with all the trim from the beltline up was of Derham design. The cabin was outfitted with dual interior lamps, two-speed electric windshield wipers, a passenger-side tissue holder, an electric clock, a heater unit with defroster, a seven-button Mopar radio, a custom rearview mirror and an upholstered trunk that included a Derham-badged tool kit case.

The outside featured specially designed hubcaps, scripting and a striking two-tone color scheme.

The Derham Body Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania, had built a peerless reputation for innovation and versatility that kept the firm in business until Enos Derham's death in March of 1974. This was a very impressive feat, considering that most American coachbuilders failed to survive the Depression years. In the years that followed World War II, Derham transformed factory production bodies into elegant customs for wealthy clients, industrial designers and major manufacturers.

This D24 Custom was built for promotional display in Dodge showrooms, and - like most other concepts - to gauge the market for production of custom-series D24s. The result was a remarkable, one-off automobile that was utterly unique in its appearance and design.

The car was displayed in various showrooms for a year or so before it sold to Gertrude V. Fisher of Brooklyn, NY on January 20th of 1950. In April of 1985, with its whereabouts a mystery for over three decades, the Derham coupe was re-discovered in Vermont with Gael Dondon. The car had survived in original condition even though it had been left out in the elements. It was in need of a complete restoration. Dr. Joseph Leir, owner of the Memorial Auto Collection in Moorpark, California, purchased the car and began a restoration. A section of the original paint (Forest Green) was discovered beneath the padded top material. Inside, enough of the original upholstery remained intact to allow an accurate presentation of the patterns and materials.

The restoration work was completed in October of 2009. It made its concours debut at the Western Region AACA meet in La Quinta, California, and won a First Junior award. Since then, the car has earned First Senior and First Place Grand National Awards in AACA competition, as well as the James Melton National Award for Excellent. In addition to AACA events, the car was displayed at the 2010 Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance and received an award at the 2010 Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance.

In 2011, the car was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and participated in the tour d'Elegance.

In 2012, this car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona. It had a pre-auction estimated value of $ 75,000 - $125,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $60,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2012



2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $75,000-USD $125,000 
Sale Price :
USD $60,500

1948 Dodge Custom Series Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Dodge Custom Sedan
Sold for USD$3,850
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1948 DODGE RESTO MOD CUSTOM
Sold for USD$12,250
  2017 Leake Auction - OKC Fairgrounds
 
1948 Dodge Custom Sedan
Sold for USD$15,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1948 Dodge Sedan
Sold for USD$4,400
  2015 Leake Auction - Tulsa, OK
 
1948 Dodge Coupe 230/102 HP, 3-Speed
Chassis#: D24488795
Sold for USD$11,500
  2012 Mecum - Anaheim, CA
 
1948 Dodge Two-Door Custom Convertible
Sold for USD$15,400
  2012 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale, Fl
 
1948 Dodge D24 Derham Coupe
Chassis#: 31138409
Sold for USD$60,500
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1948 Dodge Custom Series image  1948 Dodge Custom Series image  
1948 Dodge Power Wagon
Sold for USD$23,000
  2011 Leake Auction - Dallas, Texas
 
1948 Dodge Custom
Sold for USD$15,950
  2009 The Old Car Heaven Museum Auction
 
1948 Dodge Custom Convertible
Sold for USD$21,000
  2009 Boca Raton, FL - Kruse
 
1948 Dodge Custom
Sold for USD$6,500
  2008 Mecum - St. Charles, IL Auction
 
1948 Dodge Custom Series Convertible
Chassis#: 45022261
Sold for USD$49,500
  2008 RM Auctions - The Astor Collection
 
1948 DODGE CLUB COUPE DELUXE
Chassis#: 31218518
Sold for USD$7,600
  2008 Silver Auction - Dallas
 
1948 Dodge 7 Passenger Limo - Taxi
Sold for USD$3,025
  2007 RM Auctions - The Fawcett Movie Cars
 
1948 DODGE CUSTOM STREET ROD PICKUP
Sold for USD$8,250
  2003 Barrett-Jackson - PALM BEACH 2003
 
1948 Dodge Convertible
Sold for USD$16,960
  2002 Michigan Fall Classic Car Auction - The Kughn Collection
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1948 Dodge Custom Series's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1948 Dodge Deluxe Coupe 2016 Collector Car Productions Toronto Spring Classic Car$8,000  
1948 Dodge Sedan 2015 Leake Auction Tulsa, OK$3,750  
1948 Dodge Convertible 2012 Auctions America Auburn Spring   
1948 DODGE CLUB COUPED24579112006 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions November 1719, 2006   

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Dodge Custom Series Vehicle Profiles
Club Coupe
Dodge Custom Series Club Coupe

Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 31138409
Engine Num: D24-334434
Model Year: 1948
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