230ci L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Singe Stromberg Carburetor
103bhp at 3,600rpm
3-Speed Fluid-Drive Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*Offered from the John White Ramshead Collection
*Rare and desirable, sporting Wayfarer Roadster model
*Correctly restored to factory correct specifications
*Matching numbers example offered with impressive file containing original Bill of Sale
THE DODGE WAYFARER
Introduced in 1949, the Wayfarer was Dodge's first new mid-size offering after the continued sales of lightly refreshed pre-war models. It was offered in 3 separate body styles: a two-door business Coupe, two-door Sedan, and also a sporting Roadster variant. From a design standpoint, the vehicle shared similar looking body work with its Chrysler corporate stablemates, albeit with a shorter wheelbase. The Wayfarer additionally benefited from some improved engineering over past models, although it was still priced for a more proletariat market. The Wayfarer proved to be successful enough and in the first year of production, 49,000 Sedans were built along with approximately 9,000 Coupes and 5,420 Roadsters.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This sporting Dodge Wayfarer Roadster joined the Ramshead collection about a decade and a half ago and has since been dutifully maintained by the skilled in-house team looking after the cars. The impressive history file accompanying the sale of this Wayfarer contains the original owner's manual, as well as the original Bill of Sale and Dodge service policy card issued to first owner Jacob B. Walter of Gettysburg, PA, when he acquired the new Roadster from McCauslin Auto Sales of Gettysburg, PA on October 14, 1949. Furthermore, many receipts can be found in the history file, documenting mush restoration work done by specialist shops during Mr. White's ownership.
Correctly restored to factory original specifications, the Wayfarer is finished in an elegant Soft Yellow exterior color, neatly accented by period-correct green wheels shod on white-wall tires. A tan Roadster top is fitted, and side curtains are available should one be caught in a raincloud. A light brown interior is fitted, and the factory in-dash radio remains in situ. With just 5,420 Wayfarer Roadster examples made, and surely many lost to junkyards during the last 70-plus years, this matching numbers example with its original paperwork present is indeed a rare find. These models are truly special as they were the first of their kind put into production by one of the big three from Detroit since the 1930's. Drop the top and throw it into gear, this desirable Dodge Wayfarer Roadster is ready for cruising in the sunshine.