1941 Chrysler Newport1941 Chrysler Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton. This 1941 Chrysler Newport (Dual Cowl Phaeton) was photographed a few years ago at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nev.
“The Chrysler Newport, one of the last dual phaetons, was designed by Ralph Roberts and custom-built by LeBaron Carrossiers in Detroit, Mich.,” according to the museum. “The car features an all-aluminum body, concealed headlamps, folding windshield and hide-away top.
“There were a total of six Newports constructed by Chrysler as show vehicles and four are known to exist today.”
In 1940, one of these Newports was chosen as the Indianapolis 500 pace car.
“This was the first and is still the only time a non-production car has been used in this event,” the museum noted.
This beauty would have cost $4,725 new. It features an 8-cylinder, 325-horsepower engine with a 3 ¼” and a 4 7/8” stroke. Engine displacement is 323.5 cubic inches.