KINGSWAY 1958 SIXTY YEARS AND THE KING STILL HOLDS HIS CROWN

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OWNED BY ILEA­NA CAL­DAS, AN ACCOUNTANT THAT BECAME AN ENTHUSIAST OF VIN­TA­GE CARS AS INFLUENCED BY HER HUSBAND, THIS DOD­GE KINGSWAY 1958 FEA­TU­RES ONE OF THE HIGHEST ORIGINALITY AND FUNCTIONING QUA­LITY LE­VELS WE HAVE EVER REVIEWED IN THIS COLUMN.

This car had a pea­ce­ful li­fe for de­ca­des. Its first ow­ner had a small Hill­man and he used it on a daily ba­sis be­cau­se it was mo­re eco­no­mi­cal. The­re­fo­re, the gi­gan­tic Dod­ge was re­ser­ved for Sun­day ri­des. In the 1990s, Ra­mon­ci­to –Ilea­na’s husband– found it. He heard that it was for sa­le and went the­re to see it. He al­ways fo­llo­wed the “big, wor­king or not” sa­ying and the for­mi­da­ble Dod­ge is an ex­ce­llent exam­ple of the gol­den age of U.S. hu­ge cars. Since he was a me­cha­nic en­gi­neer, he soon reali­zed that, behind the worn ves­tu­re, was­hed-out chro­mes and old pain­ting, the car was fi­ne. He im­me­dia­tely made up his mind: he had to ac­qui­re the King­way.

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