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1937 Chrysler C-16 Royal

Chassis number : 6914573

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Sold for $35,200 at 2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey.
Sold for $36,960 at 2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction.
In 1933, the Chrysler Royal first appeared as the CT Series. They were fitted with features such as suicide doors, dual wipers, dual taillights, dual trumpet horns, and sweeping fenders. The Prices ranged from $895 for the business coupe and rose to $1,085 for the convertible sedan.

Beginning in 1935, Chrysler replaced many of its aerodynamic Airflow models with the more conventional Raymond Dietrich-designed Airstream. This style would remain in production through 1938 in a wide variety of models and body styles, including the four-door convertible sedan bodied by Murray.

The 1937 Royal was the company's six-cylinder line. The L-head, 228.1 cubic-inch engine offered 93 horsepower in standard guise. They came with a three-speed manual transmission with a conventional clutch, steel spoke wheels, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. In the front was a grille with multiple horizontal bars, and bullet shaped headlights mounted on the front fenders. Most bodies rested on a 116-inch wheelbase platform, however a 133-inch version was available for the 7-passenger touring sedan and the 7-passenger Limousine.

Chrysler built 642 examples of the six-cylinder convertible sedan in 1937. This particular example is one of about a dozen that still remains in existence. In the early 1980s, it was discovered in a barn in Ellenburg Depot, New York, by Fred Strass of Hackettstown, New Jersey, who spent five years painstakingly restoring it to original condition.

While in the care of Pete Brophy, it won numerous first prizes and best of show wins, including AACA senior honors.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2017

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2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction

Sale Price :
USD $36,960

2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $30,000-USD $40,000 
Sale Price :
USD $35,200

1937 Chrysler C-16 Royal Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Chrysler C-16 Royal

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 Chrysler Royal Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 6914573
Sold for USD$36,960
  2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
1937 Chrysler C-16 Royal image  1937 Chrysler C-16 Royal image  
1937 Chrysler Royal Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 6914573
Sold for USD$35,200
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1937 Chrysler C-16 Royal image  1937 Chrysler C-16 Royal image  
1937 Chrysler Royal C16
Sold for USD$17,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1937 CHRYSLER ROYAL
Sold for USD$21,000
  2016 Leake - Dallas Market Hall
 
1937 Chrysler Royal Sedan Convertible
Sold for USD$46,750
  2015 Morphy Auctions : Premier Automobile Sale
 
1937 Chrysler Royal Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$42,500
  2012 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale, Fl
 
1937 Chrysler Royal Phaeton Convertible
Chassis#: C1636441
Sold for USD$28,750
  2010 Carlisle Auctions - Spring Auction
 

Chrysler C-16 Royals That Failed To Sell At Auction

1937 Chrysler C-16 Royal's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 Chrysler Royal Custom Coupe 2022 Mecum : Dallas$70,000  
1937 Chrysler Royal 4-Door 2014 Mecum : Harrisburg$17,500  
1937 Chrysler Royal 2013 Mecum Auctions Dallas 2013   
1937 Chrysler Royal 2013 Mecum Auctions Dallas 2013   

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