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Pick of the Day: Already restored 1932 Dodge DK Eight

Restoration work is done and car is ready to be driven


In a recent article on this website, Andy Reid suggested that instead of spending 6 figures to restore a car, you should consider spending more to buy one that’s already undergone that process, which would most-likely wind up costing less in the long run. 

The Pick of the Day is an example. It’s a 1932 Dodge DK Eight being advertised on ClassicCars.com by its private owner in Jacksonville, Florida.

And far from 6 figures, the asking price is $35,000.

“Absolutely amazing condition inside and out,” the seller promises, adding that the restoration began in 2005 and was completed in 2010. The seller notes that before and during photos are available (a couple are included in the advertisement) and the full set would be included in the car’s sale.

“We just got back from 80 miles ride yesterday with no issues of any kind,” the seller continues. “The car will cruise 65 – 70 mph all day long.”

There’s not much more information in the text of the advertisement, other than the fact that the car still rides on wood-spoke wheels.

So, we turn to The Standard Catalog of American Cars to learn that the Series DK was new to the Dodge lineup for the 1932 model year.

Called the “New Eight” series, the cars were built on a larger, double-drop bridge frame with a 122-inch wheelbase. Bodies were lower and longer and had a sloping and adjustable windshield and interior sun visors. 

Standard equipment included Delco-Remy ignition, hydraulic brakes and shocks, “Floating Power” engine mounts, and “silent-second” gear in its 3-speed transmission.  

Midway through the model year, high-compression “Red Head” cylinder heads added 10 horsepower to the 282cid straight-8 L-head engine, which produced 90 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque in standard guise. Photos of the engine with the advertisement show a silver rather than red head on the engine block. 

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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