Thursday, June 24, 2010
San Francisco Street Sighting - 1956 Chrysler Windsor 250 wagon
The Windsor was Chrysler's base model in 1956. That said, it was still nicer than you would probably get from Plymouth or Dodge.
According to allpar.com, the Windsor used a 331 cubic inch V8 de-bored to 301ci and fitted with poly heads. This one has a four-barrel carburetor which allows it to produce 250 horsepower, hence the prominent "250" badge on the rear hatch. It is equipped with such niceties as power steering and power brakes, and the PowerFlite push-button automatic transmission. It even has seat belts! I've never been a huge fan of the mid-'50s Chryslers, since many of them looked very stodgy and old-fashioned. To be honest, most of the cars Detroit turned out during that time looked that way. The front end on this car doesn't say "Chrysler" to me. The back end, however, is awesome. Chrome-trimmed tail fins on a station wagon! It's so ridiculous a concept that I love it.
The colors on this car look quite nice. The shiny and apparently original Hunter Green paint with matching green interior and Cloud White roof really sets it off. In a town full of vintage cars, but few vintage wagons, I'm happy to have been able to feature this fine '56 Windsor.