Group DescriptionA group for photos of the Australian Chrysler Royal.
Initially planned as three models, Dodge (AD-1), DeSoto (AS-1), and Plymouth (AP-1) to replace the three cars in the existing range, Chrysler Australia decided at the last minute to rationalise the range into one car, badged as a Chrysler. The design proposal for the Plymouth version was adopted, the badging changed to Chrysler, and the US Royal name adopted.
The Royals were built in three series between 1957 and 1963.
AP-1 from June 1957 - January 1959 (V8 from May 1958)
AP-2 from February 1959 - June 1960
AP-3 from June 1960 - 1963 (Sold through until 1964).
The AP designation initially stood for Australian Plymouth, but when the Dodge and DeSoto versions were dropped the AP was used to designate Australian Production.
Available with a choice of 230 cubic inch (sourced from Windsor, Ontario, Canada) and 250 cubic inch (sourced from Kew. England) side valve six cylinder engines or 313 cubic inch V8 (sourced from the USA).
Based on the 1953 US Plymouth body shells with 1955 US Plymouth front guards and unique rear styling, and built using components from various US Chrysler products, including DeSoto tail lights on the AP-3.
Photos wanted of the Royal sedan, the rare Wayfarer coupe utility, and the very rare Plainsman station wagon.
Also photos of Royals that were quite commonly converted for use as Ambulances and Hearses.
Period advertising material and anything else related to these unique Australian cars is also accepted.
- Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
- Accepted safety levels: Safe