1957 CHRYSLER SARATOGA COUPE - 161497 Sold* at Scottsdale 2014 - Lot #847 1957 CHRYSLER SARATOGA COUPE https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/161497/161497_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #847


Auction Scottsdale 2014
Status Sold
Lot 847
Year 1957
*Includes Buyer Commission
VIN L5726168
Exterior Color BLACK
Interior Color WHITE
Cylinders 8
Engine Size 354
Transmission 3-SPEED AUTOMATIC

Lot #847 - The 1957 Chrysler Saratoga was one of the first models to get Virgil Exner's revised Forward Look design, incredibly stylish at the time and flat-out gorgeous today with V8 power and luxurious interiors. This particular 57 Saratoga may very well be the nicest in existence. With just 33,000 original miles it's a stunning example of Chrysler's finest work. The body is 100% original sheetmetal from nose to those glamorous fins, and it has just a single repaint in its original black and white color scheme. It truly is as remarkable in person as it looks in photos. The Saratoga was offered with both two and four headlights. This one received the superior quad headlamps, which is how the car was designed initially. The engine is a 354cid Spitfire V8 making 295hp thanks to a 4 barrel carburetor. The engine bay is orderly, all very correct and accurately detailed, with beautiful chrome valve covers. Details like hoses, the battery and all the wiring is new and correct in every way. The transmission is Chrysler's famous and virtually indestructible TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic that anchors a wonderfully detailed chassis. New dual exhaust system, suspension has been completely rebuilt, including the innovative torsion bar front setup. The brakes have been rebuilt, new gas tank in back feeds fresh lines and a rebuilt pump for reliability. It rolls on gorgeous wire wheels with BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whitewalls as original. This Saratoga has the correct upholstery one of the most handsome interior designs of the era, with the cool red instrument binnacles and a steering wheel with a hub that looks like a jet nozzle. Look up and you'll find chrome roof bows that make this structural part of the headliner part of the overall design very cool. The original spare tire is still stashed in the trunk unused for the past five decades.