Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Kingstown Shipping & RH Insurance Car of the Year competition, John and Charmaine Miller, whose stunning 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer took the prize after three long days of serious judging. The couple are pictured below, with Classic American editor Ben Klemenzson (left).
John is the editor of the Pre-’50 American Auto club’s magazine and is a real enthusiast of early ‘forward look’ Mopars. With only 10,000 miles on the clock, this Dodge is every bit the survivor car, with its eye-catching tri-colour paintwork and immaculate interior.
The drivetrain is a Super Red Ram 270cu in V8 motor and two-speed Torqueflite auto ’box, meaning it’s no slouch either. The only option added when purchased new was the Kelsey Hayes wheels, purchased by the original owner in June 1955 by Ronald Kukula from Fred Gardner & Sons in Chicago.
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John and Charmaine took home a cheque for £500, as well as a trophy, champagne and the car will appear on the front cover of the February issue of Classic American, which will feature an in-depth article on this delightful Dodge.