From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162

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Lot 137
From the Martin Swig Collection
1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster

Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium
From the Martin Swig Collection
1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster

Chassis no. 19074
Engine no. 43162

201ci L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
68bhp at 3,000rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Tubular Axle – Live Rear Axle – Front and Rear Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Hydraulic Brakes


*First year of Chrysler production
*Well-maintained, low mileage Roadster
*Substantially original example from long-term ownership
*The first American car model to compete at Le Mans
*A central part of Martin Swig's 'Chrysler Historic Racing' program



THE CHRYSLER MODEL 70

The Chrysler Corporation was officially founded in 1925 after Walter P. Chrysler took the job of re-organizing the ailing Maxwell Motor Company. However, development of an all-new model was already well underway, as Mr. Chrysler had plans to build a revolutionary mass-market car that was designed to be higher quality than the commonly seen Fords yet more affordable than the likes of Cadillac and Buick. The first Chryslers actually appeared the year before the company was made official.

Production of the Model 70 – named for its comfortably achievable top speed -- began in 1924, utilizing many never before seen engineering feats that would distinguish the new model as one of the most advanced in its period. Dubbed the 'Chrysler Six' for its revolutionary high-compression six-cylinder engine, the Model 70 featured a seven bearing crankshaft, carburetor air cleaner, full pressure lubrication system and the first replaceable oil filter.

Chrysler focused its Model 70 advertising on two main technological breakthroughs -- a 4.7:1 compression ratio and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. At the time, most other manufacturers offered an inferior and less efficient 4:1 compression ratio and two-wheel mechanical brakes. Nine body styles were offered in 1924, the most sporting being the rumble-seat Roadster.

Thanks to Chrysler's innovations, the new Model 70 was a performer, and many speed records and hillclimb victories were achieved with some of the era's best drivers at the wheel of a Chrysler product. These included several drives by Ralph de Palma, including overall victory at the 1924 Mt. Wilson Hill Climb, and several 1000-mile outright speed records. The Chryslers raced overseas, too, with Land Speed Record holder Malcolm Campbell winning the '100 Short' at Brooklands in 1925 in an aerodynamic-bodied '70'. The Chrysler Model 70 also notably became the first-ever American car to compete at the Le Mans 24 Hours.



THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This 1924 Chrysler Model 70 Roadster was purchased in northern Washington state in the late 1990s by Chrysler historic racing enthusiast Martin Swig. Swig is best known as the founder of the California Mille historic sports car tour, however he was also the co-author of the not-so-widely acclaimed book Chryslers in Competition: European Road Racing 1925-1931 (a copy of which will be included with this car). Swig had searched far and wide for a Model 70 Roadster for many years, unable to locate one of the very scarce first-year Chryslers. He finally lucked out when he discovered this car during a 1998 vintage race weekend trip to Seattle, where he was racing one of his other automotive loves, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

The Chrysler's earliest history is unknown, however it is quite possible that it was delivered new to Washington; the car proudly bears a 1924 Washington license plate that was on the car at the time of Swig's purchase. Bought out of an estate collection, the Chrysler is believed to have been in its previous ownership for decades, possibly since the 1960s. At some point, probably a half-century ago, the Chrysler was repainted in a period color scheme, likely the same colors it wore the day it left the factory. An exceptionally complete and original car, Swig knew it was a good one and purchased it on the spot.

The body was in excellent condition when acquired in 1998, and has been left untouched. The correct wood-spoke wheels provide a nice contrast to the nickel radiator and ornamental winged radiator cap. Swig reupholstered the original bench seat, as the original material was badly cracked and aged, however he left the original upholstery on the door panels, while the original wooden steering wheel and floor shifter complete the tidy cockpit. Clear instruments are housed within a defined gauge cluster, a somewhat revolutionary dash configuration at the time. Rarely exercised, it is believed that the odometer reading of fewer than 36,000 miles reflects the original mileage.

Having seen very little use over the course of the last couple of decades, a careful servicing of the Chrysler would be advisable before touring.

Without reserve

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number 43102.

Saleroom notices

  • Please be advised that the brakes on this vehicle are not currently working. We believe that the master cylinder may have gone bad due to age and limited use, and may need to be sleeved.
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From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
From the Martin Swig Collection,1924 Chrysler Model B-70 Roadster  Chassis no. 19074 Engine no. 43162
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