Despite being just a few years old in 1929, the fledgling Chrysler Corporation had leaped up sales charts from 32nd place to 3rd, buoyed by its exceptional reputation for performance, quality, and value. The critical ingredient to Chrysler’s success was the robust L-head, seven-main-bearing inline-six developed for the B-70. The 248.9 cubic-inch six was smaller than most of its American competition, yet it could match or surpass the output of its rivals. The engine was particularly efficient thanks to the lightweight pistons and optional high compression cylinder head. When paired with the new, compact Series 70-75 chassis and light sporting bodies of the late-20s, the snappy six-cylinder Chrysler roadsters quickly became known for being some of the fastest cars in their class.
Walter P. Chrysler knew the value of motorsport in boosting sales. In a rare move for an American firm, he shipped several cars overseas to compete against Europe’s best in the grueling Le Mans 24 Hour race. In 1928, Chrysler shocked the world when two largely stock, six-cylinder 70-series roadsters secured 3rd and 4th positions overall, and 6th and 7th place finishes in 1929. Chrysler had achieved what few other American companies have – pitting moderately-prepped production cars against the might of Bentley’s squadron of purpose-built racing machines and Stutz’s exotic 4-valve Black Hawk. Proving Le Mans was no fluke, a 70-series punctuated its Le Mans success with a class win at the punishing Mille Miglia the same year. Today, the Chrysler 70-series roadster is appreciated by collectors and enthusiasts for many of the same qualities that made it famous when new. Well-built and with brisk performance, these delightful automobiles are great fun to drive and offer tremendous value.
This 1929 Series 75 Roadster is a lovely example of Chrysler’s seminal sporting car, with a high-quality restoration and well-documented history. According to the original build sheet provided by Chrysler Historical Services, this is a genuine 75 Roadster, built on September 7th, 1928, and delivered in Detroit, and the file even includes a copy of a 1934 Michigan title in the name of Eustace Anteau of Newport, Michigan. More recently, the Chrysler was in the care of a series of devoted enthusiasts who ensured its survival and have overseen its excellent restoration. For many years, it lived in the Chicago area, earning an AACA Senior National First Prize in 1997. In 2016, it came into the care of its most recent owner. A veteran of the Peking to Paris Rally, he was impressed by the performance of similar Chrysler 75s on that event and sought to prepare this car for that grueling event. He enlisted Anderson Restorations in Kanawha, Iowa, to perform an extensive mechanical overhaul, including the addition of a Gear Vendor overdrive unit.
As offered here, the sporty little Chrysler is in outstanding condition, finished in a beautiful livery of black with burgundy accents. Accessories include six chrome wire wheels, chrome Trippe Light driving lamps, cowl lamps, and a matching trunk. It is finished to a high standard, with excellent paintwork and detailing. Inside, attractive chocolate-colored leather covers the seats and panels and is beautifully finished throughout. Interior details are authentic, with correct original instruments and controls. The driver’s door features a locking compartment to accommodate tools or spares. The rumble seat is trimmed in matching leather, and the tan canvas top includes a set of matching side curtains.
The gutsy little inline-six is beautifully detailed in Chrysler turquoise on the cylinder block and the bright red, high-compression “Red Head” cylinder head. The manifolds are nicely restored in black porcelain enamel, and the compartment is well-detailed with period-correct hardware, plumbing, and fittings. A 3-speed manual gearbox backs the engine, which feeds the rear axle via a 2-speed Gear Vendor overdrive. The original driveshaft and fittings are included, should the next owner wish to return the car to 100% standard spec. Also included in the sale are build sheets, ownership history, and restoration receipts.
By the time they finished the restoration, the owner felt the Chrysler was simply too lovely to put through the punishment of an event like Peking to Paris. However, it is eligible for both the LeMans Classic and Mille Miglia Retrospective and would make a superb entry into either of those highly prestigious events in its current state. Beautifully restored and dialed-in for enjoyment, this rare and desirable Chrysler 75 is sure to impress onlookers on either side of the Atlantic.
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