1957 Chrysler Royal AP1 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

“Australian Production” classic that won’t break the bank

1957 Chrysler Royal AP1 – Today’s Tempter
1957 Chrysler Royal AP1 – Today’s Tempter

The Chrysler Royal was once the local arm’s flagship offering.

Manufactured from 1957 to 1964, Chrysler produced three generations, denoted by AP1, AP2 and AP3 (‘AP’, meaning ‘Australian Production’).

Within those three generations, several variants were produced over the Royal’s lifecycle. Initially they were offered with six-cylinder engines, and later offered with V8s – which proved popular with local Police forces.

Utility bodies and wagons were also produced.

This 1957 AP1 Chrysler Royal has been fully rebuilt and restored, and is reportedly one of 500 built.

The listing indicates that it’s fitted with a 5.1lt V8, which sounds like the model-correct Chrysler 313ci V8 offered as an option within AP1 production.

It’s got a 2-speed Powerflite automatic, that has been rebuilt along with the engine.

The seller also states that brakes have been upgraded, on all four corners to power assisted disc units.

The sale includes a "trailer load" of rare spares collected during the build, including factory workshop manual.

The car looks well-presented overall, and could be a turn-key package for an entry into classic car ownership.

The car is based in South Australia and is listed for $19,500.

You can check out the full listing here!


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