1930 Dodge DA Sedan - $15,900
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The paint shines up nicely, the chrome is decent, and nobody’s going to pick nits when they see it cruising down the street.

Attractive older restoration. Upgraded with 12-volt electrical system and electric fuel pump. Dual side mounts, fog lights, horns, and trunk make for a very impressive look. Torquey inline-6, spacious interior. Nice entry-level collector car that can be upgraded along the way.

Compared to its competition at the Ford and Chevrolet stores, this Dodge looks like a lot more car for the money. Bigger, smoother, more refined, it’s surprising that Dodge wasn’t the sales leader. OK, it was a bit more expensive, but look how much more car you got for your money! This big, handsome green sedan has a lot of presence, particular with dual sidemounts, and looks like it should cost a lot more than it does. The restoration is probably 40 years old at this point and it’s showing some signs of age, but there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying this car as-is. The paint shines up nicely, the chrome is decent, and nobody’s going to pick nits when they see it cruising down the street. All four doors fit well and close with a reassuring THUNK and it has a far more prestigious look than the other guys. Of note, there are the usual nicks and chips in the paint, there’s a single hairline crack in the windshield, and the taillights are Model A pieces, but those are all easy things to fix to take the car up a notch. The fog lights are wired in as turn signals for safety and it wears accessory mirrors on the sidemounts to help navigate today’s traffic.

Inside there’s a spacious, well-appointed interior. There’s some merit to the idea that the upholstery might be original, and if that’s the case it’s in fantastic condition. It certainly looks authentic and the green mohair is a nice complement to the dark green bodywork. The carpets have obviously been replaced and there are some modern gauges under the dash, but otherwise it looks quite like it would have in 1930. Factory gauges are mostly operational except the fuel gauge and ammeter (12 volt conversion), with an aftermarket temperature gauge and tachometer (the blank blue dial) underneath. The tach isn’t work and I’m not sure why you’d need one in a car like this, but it does light up and come online when you turn the key. The other factory controls remain operational, including the hand choke and starter knob on the dash. Headlight controls are on the steering wheel hub and the transmission is the usual 3-speed manual. There’s nice chrome hardware on the doors, a tilt out windshield with cowl vent keeps it cool inside, and the back seat is comfortable for two and functional for three. And with a trunk out back, this would make a great tour car for AACA and VMCCA events.

Dodge’s 208 cubic inch inline-6 was reliable and rugged, and delivers a nice dose of low-end torque to make the car feel lively around town. It’s been upgraded with a 12-volt generator, but that’s the only major modification and it runs quite well. With 12 volts running through it, the starter kicks it over vigorously and thanks to an electric fuel pump, it starts quickly and easily (the original vacuum tank is still in place and may be functional, we have not tested it). Wearing a coat of corporate turquoise engine enamel, it’s reasonably well dressed, including an accessory oil filter cannister, which was optional in 1930. The 3-speed manual transmission is not synchronized, so brush up on your double clutching, but it cruises easily at 45 MPH without breaking a sweat. And perhaps most notable, Chrysler products have hydraulic brakes, so stopping is sure and confident and feels surprisingly modern. It also includes shock absorbers at all four corners, which was still not a sure thing in 1930, and the exhaust makes a nice 6-cylinder grumble that quiets down on the road. Six 19-inch wire wheels add an elegant touch and carry 6.50-19 blackwall tires for just the right look.

Please realize that this car has not been mis-priced and it is not perfect. However, it’s solid, clean, and runs well, so you can add value while you enjoy it. It’s a bit unusual and will stand out from the typical entry-level Model As, and the big car look really is impressive in person. It’s a likeable car that’s reasonably priced and offers the handy enthusiast an opportunity to add value. Not many cars can say the same. Call today!

NOTE: This car is titled by engine number.

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Vehicle: 1930 Dodge DA Sedan
Price: $15,900
Stock Number: 118143
Odometer Reading: 60,289
VIN: H140955
Engine: 208 cubic inch inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 3.76
Wheelbase: 112 inches
Wheels: 19-inch wire wheels
Tires: 6.50-19 blackwall
Exterior Color: Green
Interior Color: Green mohair
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