the top of
the line Dodge from 1955 to 1959
The 1955 Dodges were six inches
longer than the 1954 models, with low
silhouettes, new chrome trim, and wraparound
windshields. All Custom Royals came with
high-performance "Super Red Ram" hemi
V-8's producing 183 hp standard or 193 hp with an
optional power kit. In a test, one Custom Royal
went from 0-to-60 in 16.2 seconds and hit a top
speed of 101.8 mph. A PowerFlite automatic
transmission, with a "Flight Control"
shifter on the dash, was available, for $178. The
sportiest and most luxurious Custom Royals were
the Lancer hardtops and convertibles, both of
which were introduced on December 17, 1954, a
month after other Dodges. A special chrome belt
molding, chrome tailfins, and fron fender
nameplates made the Lancers distinctive. Only
3,302 Royal Lancer Convertibles were built.
Wheelbase 120 in.
Weight 3,610 lbs.
Engine overhead valve, Vee-block, eight
Displacement 270.1 cu. in.
Horsepower Rating 183 @ 4,400 R.P.M.
Bore 3.63 in.
Stroke 3.256 in.
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