HomePick of the DayThis car’s not too old, but the seller may be

This car’s not too old, but the seller may be


“My 1928 Chrysler Model 72 is offered for sale due to my age, not the age of my car!” the car’s private seller points out in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com for the Pick of the Day, a 1928 Chrysler classic. 

“Within four months, I’ll begin my 85th year of life, and cannot any longer continue to preserve and maintain this remarkable car,” the seller adds.

“This Chrysler was a body-off restoration done before I bought it eleven years ago,” the seller continues. “It has been driven very little except in a couple of parades and showings. It has always been covered in my garage, and never been exposed to either rain or inclement weather by me.

“I started the car a few days ago and it runs perfectly, as it should, due to the care and maintenance it has received these past eleven years.  This 1928 Chrysler received an outstanding body-off restoration several years ago, and I have maintained its preservation since.  


“This car is a stunning and rare example of a beautiful original Model 72 1928 Chrysler.”

Chrysler began production in 1926 and by 1928 was equipping its cars with a 5.1-liter straight 6 rated at 100 horsepower. 

According to the seller, only one major modification has been done to the car, the replacement of the mechanical fuel pump with a modern electric pump and fuel filter.

“This change has vastly improved starting the car, but it could easily be removed to make the car absolutely original.   In my opinion this would be a mistake since the car starts perfectly with the electric pump and fuel filter installed.  This is the only visible modification to this original 1928 Chrysler.”

The car also has a modern radiator core “installed by a classic car specialist using the original radiator housing with a new replica front radiator screen.  New radiator hoses and the original water pump were also serviced, resulting in the cooling system running cooler.  

“The gear box was overhauled which repaired its leak.”

At least one issue remains. 


“The no-pressure cooling system does not have installed a collection reservoir for its overflow coolant, and without a cooling system reservoir after shut down, the coolant will sometimes backflow onto the ground through the radiator’s overflow line. Therefore, it’s essential to always check the radiator coolant level before driving the car.

“This above issue is what led to the other problem before I bought the car.  A low coolant level in the radiator caused a small overheating crack in the engine water block.  A local machine shop helped me repair the leak ten years ago which has never been an issue thereafter because I always checked the radiator coolant level before driving the car.”

The seller also notes that while he believes the trunk is original, that has not been professional confirmed, and that while the headlights are original, “the chrome on them may have been an aftermarket feature.”

The car is on offer for $19,000 and is located in Sheridan, Wyoming.

“I’m too old to continue to preserve or continue to maintain my car any longer, or take it to an auction. Whomever buys this car is going to get a great bargain.”

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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