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Which $5,000-or-Less Car From the 1950s Would You Choose for Your Dream Garage?

Posted December 15, 2021 4:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Cadillac Chrysler collector cars

Like a few of you, we're always window shopping for the dream garage. The dream doesn't always mean a concours-quality car, though, so once again we're looking at cars that will put our mechanical skills to use and keep a classic on the road and in daily service. Check out the latest edition of This or That, where we're presenting four Driveable Dreams (a feature title borrowed from Hemmings Classic Car) produced during the 1950s, each with an asking price under $5,000 and currently available in the Hemmings classifieds. We suspect a few of our dedicated commentators may consider turning one or two of these into sleepers, or perhaps follow the path of our Road to Improvement program.

Which would you select?

1953 Chrysler New Yorker

1954 Ford Crestline

1956 Cadillac Sedan de Ville

1956 Lincoln Capri Custom

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12/15/2021 3:15 PM

The Ford is the better looking of the bunch but this particular vehicle sounds like it has so much rust that it would not be worth the restoration effort.

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12/16/2021 10:56 AM

Lincoln. That would be my choice of the four.

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12/17/2021 12:20 AM

When I was in high school, I used to own a 1954 Chrysler New Yorker Station wagon with the, I believe, 20-inch tires, 454 cu. in. hemi and, I believe, a 3 sp torque flight transmission. Over my summer vacation, I bored, sleeved the cylinders, stroked, and printed the hemi, mounted a Tarantula cross ram intake manifold. and added two quadra-jet four-barrel carburetors. I built the local court house with speeding, and parking, tickets. It would pass anything, on the street, but a gas station. Of course, it only cost $19.00 dollars to fill my tank (gas was $.20 a gallon.)

I vote for the Chrysler New Yorker!

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12/20/2021 11:56 PM

Back in 1955, I had an MG-TD. I wish I still had it. It was a fun car to drive.

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