1958 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer Hardtop Coupe (RHD)
For 1958 the Dodge range of mid-size automobiles carried over the three trim levels introduced in 1955- the Coronet, the Royal and the Custom Royal. Later in the model year they were joined by the 'Custom Royal Regal Lancer', introduced as the new flagship model. The top-line car was only available as a two-door with exclusive colours, exterior ornamentation and interior trims. The range could be ordered with anything from a 230ci inline six, through 325 and 350ci V8s and the thundering 361ci V8 which produced over 300bhp. These could be had with a standard-fit three-speed manual, but the vast majority of clients opted for the smooth-shifting push-button 'Torqueflite' three-speed auto. Under the skin the range benefitted from Chrysler Corporation's independent torsion bar front suspension introduced in 1957 to go with the proven leaf-spring rear. As a car to stand out from the Fifties Ford and Chevrolet crowd, a 1958 Dodge (especially in Custom Royal Lancer trim) fits the bill- it is distinctive, comfortable and performs well against its contemporaries.