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Lot 339
1949 Dodge Wayfarer Convertible


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection

• 1 of only 9,325 examples built
• Older restoration presenting as a nice driver
• A post-war American roadster

230 cid inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, drum brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 115”

After WWII came to an end, roadster-style vehicles found themselves gaining quite a bit of popularity, especially those wearing British badges like MG and Triumph. Looking to snag a piece of the cash pie, Dodge introduced a new fleet of vehicles in 1949 that held a roadster in it. Its name was the Wayfarer, and it was offered as part of Dodge's entry-level models. It was designed for those who wanted the benefits of a drop-top but didn’t want to spend a whole lot to get it, meaning it didn’t consist of all the amenities one might find in a Dodge vehicle. Nonetheless, the Wayfarer still sold well and was loved for its simplicity. Dodge would drop the model in 1952, leaving the Coronet as their only convertible offering. In total, 217,623 were built, of which only 9,325 examples were convertibles. Despite its lackluster flare and design, its low production numbers still make this Wayfarer a rarity and unusual oddity to see today.

Presenting today with a restoration that took place over 20 years ago, this 1949 Dodge Wayfarer Convertible is painted in a warm color of Pale Yellow with a white top. The manually operated convertible top is reported to go up and down but has a tear in it. The body sits on wide whitewall tires that combine with the subtle chrome pieces scattered throughout the body to help create an appointing appearance. The interior consists of a single bench seat that is capable of seating up to three. Behind the seat is a bench shelf for when there is no more room in the trunk. The interior has held up well but shows its age and use in spots. Unusual to see today, thanks to only 9,325 convertibles originally built, the next owner can enjoy this Wayfarer on the road knowing he will most likely be the only one driving one.

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