Chrysler Royal (about a 1961 model)

Scanned from really dirty slide found in the garage. I washed 90% of the dirt off with Windex!


The basic Chrysler Royal started as what we in North America would call a 1954 Plymouth. That model was built in Australia for '55 and '56. There were also Dodge and DeSoto models with only trim differences. In 1957 the lineup was reduced to one model, the Chrysler Royal, which picked up some Forward Look styling cues. They look really awkward to those of us familiar with the sleek models of 1957 on.

  • Bruce 8y

    hahah cool..

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Neuköln PRO 8y

    ballsy move, Hugo! wonder what would remove the rest of the mould and leave the image intact?
  • MR38 PRO 8y

    Live and learn. I had never heard of the Chrysler Royal in Australia. Not a pure DeSoto but it certainly has DeSoto style componnets. There were less than 200 ambulance / hearse models built between 1957 and 1961.
    I found a descrition of the AP3 model on
    "The AP3 Royal, the final incarnation, was released sometime during the summer of 1960. Although the package remained basically unchanged, the radical end of the car shifted from the saddle-like tailfin extensions on the AP2 to the vertically stacked quad headlight system up front, a design not to appear on American Chryslers until 1961. The rear end took the taillight display from the '56-'59 US DeSoto, three round lenses going down the edges of the high tailfins. The chrome sidetrim borrowed again from the DeSoto, this time the '59, a broad check mark filled in with a contrasting color on the luxury V8's. An additional alteration, creases pressed into the slightly lowered roof, supposedly made that part of the car stiffer, safer and quieter.

    The Royals had three lamps stacked one on another in the rear of the fins - the top and bottom were tail-lamps, the top doubled as a brake light, and the middle was amber and acted as both a turn signal and a backup light!"

    Seen in DeSoto Automobiles.
  • Custom_Cab PRO 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Classic Professional Cars, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  • Ed 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cars Of Australia, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Here is an example of the second model of the Chrysler Royal.
    Chrysler Royal1958

    And the last model
    Chrysler Royal AP3 1960-62
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