John, a Norfolk Southern locomotive engineer, has been around massive icons of American machinery his whole life, so when he spotted this gold-on-black convertible at the Chryslers at Carlisle show eight years ago, he wanted it, but the timing was not right. The sellers--a mother and son--explained their late husband/father had restored the car as best as he could without sacrificing most of its originality. John took their phone number home, but lost it.
Last year, John was walking into the Carlisle show grounds and saw the very same '58 Dodge on the back of a rollback bed truck. It seems the mother and son had held onto the car. For the past eight years, John thought he had missed his chance at getting the gorgeous convertible, but there it was right before him again. This time a deal was made, and the rare-optioned Dodge--a beautiful example of American craftsmanship--is now another trophy in his collection.
Fast Facts:'58 Dodge Custom Royal ConvertibleJohn Rudy • New Cumberland, PA