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1950 Chrysler (USA) Windsor Convertible
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Chrysler Windsor

See also: Windsor (disambiguation)

Motor vehicle

The Chrysler Windsor is a full-size car which was built by Chrysler from 1939 through to the 1960s. The final Chrysler Windsor sold in the United States was produced in 1961, but production in Canada continued until 1966. The Canadian 1961 to 1966 Windsor model was for all intents and purposes the equivalent of the Chrysler Newport in the United States.

The Windsor was almost identical to the more luxurious Chrysler New Yorker in terms of size, interior and standard features except that it was only available with the Chrysler Straight Six that originally started the company in 1925, which offered customers a luxurious car with a more modest and economic engine. As the years progressed and technology and manufacturing costs improved, the Windsor offered items that were initially optional as standard equipment while maintaining a market position lower in the Chrysler product hierarchy.

The Windsor was mechanically similar to the Royal from 1939 to 1950 and offered more standard equipment and an upscale interior to the well equipped Royal while both vehicles came with the Chrysler Straight Six. As the Royal nameplate was discontinued for the 1951 model year the Windsor became Chrysler's six cylinder coupe until 1955 when the Poly V8 was introduced. For the 1961 model year the Chrysler Newport assumed the market position originally held by the Royal, keeping the Windsor positioned one level above the Newport. Chrysler replaced the Windsor name in 1962 with the introduction of the non-lettered series Chrysler 300.[1]

1939–1942[edit]

Motor vehicle

1941 Chrysler Windsor 4-door sedan

The Series C-22 Windsor first came out in 1939 as the senior model to the Series C-22 Chrysler Royal, and was called the Royal Windsor while only having the Chrysler Straight Six available. It shared the available wheelbase and extended wheelbase with the Royal and offered more standard equipment than the Royal, while the Series C-23 New Yorker, C-23 Saratoga and C-23 Imperial came with the Chrysler Straight Eight. The Royal Windsor was offered in three two-door, with either two passenger or four passenger coupe body styles called Business Coupe, Victoria Coupe and Club Coupe, while the four-door Sedan accommodated five passengers. On vehicles equipped with rear quarter windows they operated like vent windows for additional ventilation. Prices listed were US$1,185 ($21,890 in 2020 dollars [4]) for the Club Coupe while the Sedan was listed at US$1,175 ($21,705 in 2020 dollars [4]). The cowl and chassis was available for custom coachwork and shows 394 were produced.[2]

In 1940, the Series C-25 model nameplates were updated to Royal, Royal Windsor and Windsor Highlander, which came with moleskine leather and Scottish tartan interior, while both the Royal and Royal Windsor continued to be offered in either long or short wheelbase versions[2] as a 6-passenger sedan, a 6-passenger coupe, a convertible,[5] a 2-door Victoria sedan, or an 8-passenger sedan and limousine.[6] New this year were sealed beam head lights.[7] The front grille introduced a wider, simplified grille shared with all Chrysler products and the Royal and Royal Windsor shared an independent front suspension, 11" brakes, and a "X girder" truss type chassis with the other Series C-25 products.[3]

New for 1941 was the Chrysler Windsor Town and Country, a station wagon designed by David A. Wallace, who was the president of Chrysler at the time, and the Windsor name was now separate from the Royal.[2] Fog lights and bumper crash bars were optional, while the grille appearance remained unchanged.[2]

Production ended in January, 1942,[2] as all automobile companies in the USA switched to war production. The 1942 heralded post-war design, with fenders being better integrated into the overall bodywork.

1946–1948[edit]

Motor vehicle

After the war, the Windsor was put back into production. While the underlying technology was based on the pre-WWII vehicles when production ended in 1942, the exterior styling for the front fenders and grille were all new. The Presto-Matic semi-automatic transmission was offered with the traditional three speed manual transmission. The Town & Country station wagon became its own model line but the six-cylinder engine used the Windsor wheelbase as before. New things included a handbrake warning signal that warned that the handbrake was not fully released,[10] and a new die-cast grille. The Windsor Traveler nameplate returned and consisted of a full-length roof rack installed as standard equipment. Tank capacity was 17 US gallons (64 l; 14 imp gal).[8] There was full instrumentation.[10]

The Windsor made up 62.9% of the company's sales.[9]

  • 1946 Chrysler Windsor 4-Door Sedan

  • 1947 Chrysler Windsor Club Coupe

  • 1948 Chrysler Windsor 4-door sedan

  • 1948 Chrysler Windsor Club Coupe

  • 1948 Chrysler Windsor Convertible

  • 1948 Chrysler Windsor Traveler

1949–1952[edit]

Motor vehicle

In 1949, for Chrysler's 25th anniversary, Windsors were updated and shared a corporate appearance with the reintroduced Chrysler Imperial as the top luxury car for Chrysler in 1950.[9] New this year was a padded dashboard with sponge rubber for safety while the Windsor continued to offer only a six cylinder engine which was shared with DeSoto, Dodge and Plymouth products.[9][13] The 1949 through 1952 Chryslers continued the Highlander trimmed cars which added an interior trimmed in a tartan fabric and leather, available on all bodies except the station wagon. The Highlanders came with most options standard, including full wheel covers and radio.[14][15]

In 1950, the Windsor Traveler Sedan which had a standard equipment roof rack installed continued until the Town & Country was added to the Windsor product line.[9] The Windsor still had full instrumentation.[16] The "Windsor Newport" hardtop coupe bodystyle, seating six and with a three-piece wraparound rear window was new for the year and reserved for the Windsor and New Yorker.[17]

1951, the Royal was dropped, and the Windsor became Chrysler's entry-level car, while still higher in standard equipment and interior treatment above DeSoto, Dodge and Plymouth.[9] The costly egg crate-style grille was deleted in favor of painted metal and two broad chrome strips. The Windsor DeLuxe had an electric clock standard, while electric windows were optional.[18] In the September 1951 issue of Popular Mechanics, readers reported getting an average of 14.1 mpg with the Windsor and 98 percent reported liking the padded dashboard.[19]

Little changed in 1952. Power brakes were standard on the Windsor DeLuxe 6-passenger sedan.[9]

  • 1950 Chrysler Windsor Six-Passenger Club Coupe

  • 1950 Chrysler Windsor Newport (rear)

  • 1951 Chrysler Windsor DeLuxe Six-Passenger Sedan

  • 1951 Chrysler Windsor DeLuxe Six-Passenger Sedan (rear)

  • 1952 Chrysler Windsor two-door Club Coupe

  • 1952 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country Wagon

1953–1954[edit]

Motor vehicle

In 1953, the Chrysler Windsor (along with the rest of the Chrysler line) got new sheet metal and finally a one-piece curved windshield.[9] Power steering was a $177 option.[9]

For 1954, the base Windsor was dropped and all that was left was the Windsor DeLuxe.[9] The grille and the instrument panel was new.[21] A Popular Mechanics Survey of Chrysler owners reported that the best liked feature for Windsor owners was the comfortable ride (53%), followed by handling ease.[22]

  • 1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe Newport hardtop

  • 1954 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe 6 Passenger Sedan

1955–1956[edit]

Motor vehicle

In 1955, all Chrysler cars were completely restyled with styling by Virgil Exner, sharing some visual similarities with the all-new Imperial which became its own division.[9] The tradition of adding the Newport as a suffix to the model name continued and a four-door hardtop was added.

The styling of the Windsor was more rounded and featured wrap around windshields. The word DeLuxe was added to Windsor again. Front head room was 35 inches (890 mm). Rear axle ratio for the 3-speed manual was 3.73.[25] The Windsor made up 64.72% of Chrysler's sales.

For 1956, the "Forward Look" restyling came out, introducing the first tail fins on a Chrysler car.[9] Interior trims remained mostly the same, though a new Highway Hi-Fi phonograph player was a new option on the Windsor.[9]

The 1956 edition for the Canadian market featured the Plymouth 303 Poly V-8 Engine, the same one used in the Plymouth Fury and the Canadian Dodge Custom Royal.[26]

  • 1956 Chrysler Windsor Two Door Newport Hardtop

1957–1958[edit]

Motor vehicle

For 1957, Chrysler cars, including the Windsor, were restyled again. This time with taller tailfins with vertical taillights, thinner C-pillars, and a wraparound front bumper. Mid-year, dual headlights became standard.[9] Front head room grew to 35.7 inches.[9] Safety equipment was optional on the Windsor. Unfortunately for Chrysler, 1957 cars were plagued with quality problems, such as breaking torsion bar suspensions and rust.[9] 1957 Chrysler cars were redesigned with Virgil Exner's "Forward Look" at the cost of $300 million ($2,764,336,493 in 2020 dollars [4]) when Chrysler took on a loan in 1954 from Prudential Insurance to pay for expansion and updated car designs.[29][30][31]

In 1958, the Windsor (LC1-L) was moved to the Dodge/DeSoto Firesweep 122-inch (3,100 mm) chassis.[9] Canadian Windsors still used the longer, 126-inch (3,200 mm) chassis and was essentially a rebadged Saratoga (LC2-M), a model which was not sold in Canada this year.[32] New this year for all Chrysler cars was the new "Auto-Pilot" cruise control system.[9] It had two features. One was the speed-warning feature that the driver would turn the knob to set a certain speed.[33] Then, when the driver would start to pass the speed, pressure would be felt in the pedal, letting the driver know that they were going too fast. The other feature was the actual cruise control. It was activated by pressing on the speed-set knob.[33] The Windsor made up 42.36% of Chrysler's sales in 1958.[9]

  • 1957 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country Wagon

  • 1957 Chrysler Windsor Newport 4-Door Hardtop. Dual headlight were initially an option for 1957, but became standard equipment soon after production commenced.

  • 1958 Chrysler Windsor four-door sedan (US)

  • 1958 Chrysler Windsor Sedan (Canadian)

1959–1961[edit]

Motor vehicle

In 1959, Chrysler started to advertise the car's new Wedge-head V8 "B" engines as "Golden Lions" and the cars as "Lion Hearted".[36] The RB 383 produces 305 hp (227 kW) with a twin-barrel carburetor. Lions were used in the advertising, and the cars had lion emblems on the front doors and on the cylinder heads. Air conditioning was a US$510 option ($4,528 in 2020 dollars [4]).[9]

Canadian-built cars did not get the new RB 383 engine, but were equipped with the "Low Block" 361 cu in (5.9 L) engine as used in US Dodges and DeSotos. Thus, Canadian Windsors also did not get the "Golden Lion" decorations; instead, they were fitted with three golden crests on the front doors.[37] The B 361 engine produces 295 hp (220 kW) with a twin carburetor. As convertibles and station wagons were imported from the US, they did not receive differing specifications.[37] Brochures for the 1959 US Chryslers actually show this triple crest being mounted on the front door, with the Golden Lion appearing on the rear fenders instead, but this is not how the finished product appeared.

In 1960, all Chrysler cars got a unibody frame. A new parking brake was also used,[35] and the brakes on the Windsor were 11" drums. The Windsor shared a futuristic semi-circular domed instrument cluster Chrysler called the AstraDome, which housed the speedometer and all gauges in one location with the Chrysler 300, Newport, Saratoga and New Yorker. The clusters appearance was compared to a gum ball machine, and the gauges at night could be viewed with electroluminescent lighting Chrysler called "Panelescent Light", a feature shared with all Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, DeSoto and Imperial vehicles starting in 1960.[35]

In 1961, all Chrysler cars were redesigned. On the Windsor, standard equipment included a cigarette lighter, map lights, and new for 1961, a safety padded dash.[38] 1961 was the last year of the Windsor in the United States. [39]

  • AstraDome Instrument Cluster (starting 1960)

  • Canadian market 1959 Chrysler Windsor Newport 2-Door Hardtop. Note triple crests rather than Golden Lion badging on the front doors.

  • 1960 Chrysler Windsor 4-Door Sedan

  • 1961 Chrysler Windsor Newport two-door hardtop

Canadian models 1961 to 1966[edit]

Production of a Chrysler Windsor model continued in Canada up to and including the 1966 model year.[40]

  • 1965 Chrysler Windsor 4-Door Sedan (Canada)

  • 1966 Chrysler Windsor 2-Door Hardtop (Canada)

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External links[edit]

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1950 Chrysler Windsor Highlander Convertible

  • Engine
    116 HP
  • Trans
    Automatic
  • Color
    Red
  • Interior
    Plaid
  • VIN/Serial

Highlights

  • "Spitfire Six" fluid drive
  • Drives like a new car
  • Believed to be 34,600 actual miles
  • Delivered November 1950 to Chicago
  • Stored from 1959 through 1974
  • New gas tank in 1974
  • Covertible top replaced in 1981
  • Purchased by current California owner in 1989
  • Original Pepper Red repainted and rechromed
  • Original wool plaid rear seat and door pannels
  • Front seat recently reupholstered with quality leather
  • Original carpets replaced and upgraded
  • Tires upgraded to radials for better ride and handling
  • Unblemished orginal steering wheel
  • Factory chalk mark still inside trunk lid
  • Original dealer sticker on winshield
  • Florida sticker on ride side window from a 1954 spring break trip
  • "Spitfire Six" fluid drive
  • Drives like a new car
  • Believed to be 34,600 actual miles
  • Delivered November 1950 to Chicago
  • Stored from 1959 through 1974
  • New gas tank in 1974
  • Covertible top replaced in 1981
  • Purchased by current California owner in 1989
  • Original Pepper Red repainted and rechromed
  • Original wool plaid rear seat and door pannels
  • Front seat recently reupholstered with quality leather
  • Original carpets replaced and upgraded
  • Tires upgraded to radials for better ride and handling
  • Unblemished orginal steering wheel
  • Factory chalk mark still inside trunk lid
  • Original dealer sticker on winshield
  • Florida sticker on ride side window from a 1954 spring break trip

The Chrysler, powered by the "Spitfire Six" and FluidDrive, is a beautiful original car that has had two owners since new and less than 35,000 miles (verified by serve records and letters). The original owner of Northbrook, IL selected the notable and sought after option "Highlander" package, which included lovely Red/Green wool plaid and Maroon leather interior, (also available on the Town and Country).

The car was driven sparingly until 1959 when the car was then stored until 1974. Upon removal from storage, the gas tank was replaced. In 1981, a new convertible top was fitted. The current California owner acquired the car with only 11,500 miles on the odometer in 1989, shipping the car out of the Midwest.

The car was repainted and the chrome redone in 1999. The original wool plaid in the rear seats and door panels have been retained, while the front seat and carpets have been recently replaced. Ride and handling have been improved with a set of wide White wall Radial tires mounted to the original rims.

This stylish convertible is offered with the original Owners Manual, original dealer's sticker and Bill of Sale, factory chalk markings still in the trunk, original Florida window sticker from 1954, service records and letters.

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