CD Eight Sport Roadster
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- Vin: 7505452
- Engine: 240ci
- Cylinders: Straight 8
- Transmission: 3 Speed
- Title: Clear/MO
- Exterior Color: Copper
- Interior Color: Tan
- Mileage: Exempt
1931 Chrysler CD Eight Sport Roadster
1931 Chrysler CD Eight Sport Roadster. Older restoration of a straight and solid car. Body by Budd. Six wire wheels with dual side-mounts & mirrors, stone guard, luggage rack and rumble seat. A rare and desirable automobile.
In late 1930, Chrysler introduced a new, eight-cylinder model called the Series CD Eight. The new CD Eight Chryslers were labeled as First Series and supplied with the 80 horsepower, 240 cubic inch engine. The cars were built on the 124” chassis, which featured four-wheel, hydraulic brakes as standard equipment.
The 1931 Chrysler CDs were offered in a variety of body styles, the most common being variations of the four-door sedan. By 1931, true open cars such as phaetons and roadsters were fading from popularity and very few were built. A combined total of less than 1,500, 1931 CD roadsters and sport roadsters were built compared with nearly 3,000 coupes and 9,000 sedans. Today, it is estimated that fewer than 50 CD roadsters of both variants exist, which, makes them particularly rare and desirable amongst collectors.
Part of the First Series CD Eight line of 1931, this scarce sport roadster (VIN: 7505452) is an older restoration of what appears to have been a very honest and well cared for original car. Upon close inspection, the body appears to be solid and straight. The doors fit the body properly as does the rumble seat lid. The hood aligns itself properly with the cowl and radiator shell. The fenders are just as smooth on the bottom as they are on the top. The chassis is nice, original and displays most of its original hardware. This was always a good car and, unlike a lot of roadsters, has not been assembled from parts or resurrected from remains. The firewall retains its original Budd Body Company tag as well as the original Chrysler body tag, numbered CD-936-R.
The copper-colored paint shows some signs of overall wear and aging but is generally clean and presentable. The bright work has been re-plated some years ago and shows well. The brown interior is very clean and the tan, folding top has some areas of discoloration but is clean and usable. The simple dashboard retains its proper gauges and controls, which are in good condition. With the exception of the gas gauge, the other gauges appear to function as they should. The rumble seat compartment is also clean and the upholstery appears to be original and well preserved.
Underneath the hood, the correct Chrysler 240 cubic inch / 80 horsepower, straight-eight engine is clean and shows the typical signs of cosmetic use that one would expect from an older restoration. The engine was rebuilt some years ago and the car runs and drives excellent. The car retains a set of six, matching wire wheels-a standard feature on the sport roadsters-that have been fitted with older, replacement, white wall tires.
This 1931 CD roadster is well equipped with the basic factory accessories including a rumble seat, a radiator stone guard, dual side-mounted spare tires with mirrors and a rear, folding luggage rack assembly. The car retains its original and correct headlamps, cowl lamps, taillight, folding windshield assembly, bumpers and hubcaps. The original mascot is damaged but included with the sale.
This car really presents well from all angles and has a great overall look to it. It is a good, honest example of a scarce model and body style. These early, eight-cylinder Chryslers have a reputation of being reliable tour cars that are simple to work on and offer agile performance qualities. It is one of very few survivors in existence today. With its V-shaped radiator, low profile top and raked windshield, this 1931 Chrysler CD Sports Roadster will certainly stand out in a crowd of conservative, prewar cars. It could also become a speedy and fun tour car that is eligible for a variety of prewar driving events.
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