1959 Chrysler Royal AP2 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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An ex-UniqueCars feature car, and one for the fin fans.

Chrysler’s ‘Australian Production’ line of Royals were once the local arm’s flagship offering.

Over the three generations, several variants were produced; initially with six-cylinder engines and later offered with V8s – a popular choice for local Police forces.

AP1s initially wore a distinct – and complicated – grille comprised of 65 individual pieces, while the AP2 could be distinguished by its unique double stacked tail fins. The final AP3 could be identified by its lower roof pressing, and its DeSoto-style tri-cluster of tail lights.

This AP2 Chrysler Royal was previously featured in all its finned glory in UniqueCars issue #391.


We originally found it hard to track an AP-series Royal down, it seems most of them rusted away over time. Noel’s car however presented as a stunningly honest and not-overly restored example.

The interior bears some light fading but is in overall fantastic and unrestored condition.

The car’s specification presents as delivered, which Noel says was quite interesting in itself, featuring: the recently-released 313ci V8, automatic transmission, power steeling, green glass tint and a set of roll-down blinds for all four windows (no doubt aiding the preservation of that minty interior).

It still looks like a peach, and would be a great weekend cruiser that’s more-than presentable for car shows and events.

The car is based in Adelaide, and is listed for $18,000.

You can check out the full listing here!


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