1958 Dodge Custom Royal Series

Virgil Exner, who had left Raymond Loewy's design firm in 1949, became Chrysler's head of advanced styling. Under his guidance, Chrysler would excel in the post war market. It was his 'Forward Look' designs of the mid-1950s that were of particular genius and distinguishing them considerably from other cars on the road.

Dodge shared their basic body design and layout with Plymouth, though they rode on a longer 120-inch wheelbase. They were offered with a multitude of color schemes that clearly distinguished them from the Dodge line.

For 1958, the Dodge Custom Royal Series continued to be the company's top-of-the-line model. It was given all the features and amenities found in the Royal line plus a 'knight's head' emblem found on the front fenders. There was also a gold Dodge name on the trunk and hood. Adding to the visual appeal were chrome rain gutter moldings that also helped combat poor weather. There were 2- and 4-door bodystyles that included the sedan, lancer hardtop, convertible, and the Regal Lancer. Pricing ranged from just under $3,000 - $3250. The Regal Lancer was a mid-year two-door hardtop that was introduced in early 1958.


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Before the creation of the Daimler Chrysler in 1998, the Dodge Lancer was the model for the Dodge division and used to denote models three times in its history. Designating both two and four door pillarless hardtop models in the Coronet, Royal and Custom Royal lines, the Lancer name was used by Dodge from 1955 to 1959. A two door hardtop version of the mid-level models designed by Dodge in....
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1958 Vehicle Profiles

1958 Dodge Custom Royal Series vehicle information

2 Door Lancer Hardtop
Designer: Exner

In the 1958 Dodge range of Swept-Wing Lancers, the Custom Royal Lancer was top-of-the-line. For 1958, design chief Virgil Exner's trendsetting styling of the previous year was lightly updated with new colors, re-arranged chrome trim and a switch to q....[continue reading]

1958 Dodge Custom Royal Series vehicle information

2 Door Lancer Hardtop
Designer: Exner

Chassis Num: LD3L3040

This top-of-the-line Custom Royal Lancer has been part of the late Jim Miller's collection for the last decade. This is an original and unrestored car which is still finished in most of its original Ebony and Sunshine factory lacquer. It has push-but....[continue reading]

1958 Dodge Custom Royal Series vehicle information

Convertible
Designer: Exner

This Dodge Royal Lancer Super D 500 is trimmed in the special limited edition Regal Lancer 'Spring Special' colors available in two color combinations, black & copper or cream & copper. The interior is a done in matching tri-tone colors of copper, bl....[continue reading]

1958 Dodge Custom Royal Series vehicle information

Convertible
Designer: Exner

The 1958 Chrysler Corporation hierarchy consisted of, in ascending order, Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, Chrysler, and Imperial. After the radical and successful Forward Look styling of 1957, the Dodge received only minor ornamental changes to for '58.....[continue reading]

2 Door Lancer Hardtop
 
2 Door Lancer Hardtop
Chassis #: LD3L3040 
Convertible
 
Convertible
 

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Price Comparison

1958 Custom Royal Series
$3,250-$18,600
1958 Dodge Custom Royal Series Price Range: $2,985 - $3,250

$2,410 - $2,905

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Dodge
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)446,129
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)240,484
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)269,367
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)367,804
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)156,385
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)240,686
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)276,936
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)154,648
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)320,008

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