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Unusual consignment: 10 Chrysler products, all from 1959

Consignor explains: ‘I started collecting ’59 Dodges because I learned to drive on a ’59 Dodge Royal 4-door sedan’


A highly unusual group of vehicles is scheduled to cross the block February 25-27 in Greensboro, North Carolina, where 10 — count ‘em — 10 rare 1959-model-year Chrysler products have been consigned to the GAA Classic Cars Auction by their owner/collector.

“I started collecting ’59 Dodges because I learned to drive on a ’59 Dodge Royal 4-door sedan,” Thomas McGlothlin said in explaining his passion for cars from that model year. 

First, McGlothlin set out to collect one of “every body style, every engine, every transmission and every 1959 Dodge series from Coronet Royal to Custom Royal,” he said. 

Chrysler, Unusual consignment: 10 Chrysler products, all from 1959, ClassicCars.com Journal
1959 Dodge Custom Royal convertible
Chrysler, Unusual consignment: 10 Chrysler products, all from 1959, ClassicCars.com Journal
1959 Chrysler 300E

That set complete, he decided to add “one of everything Chrysler made in ’59 — Imperial, Chrysler 300, and I got a Plymouth Sport Fury.”

As McGlothlin would learn, 1959-model Chrysler products are extremely rare, especially those with nicely preserved interiors, a requirement McGlothlin had for nearly all of the cars he would buy as he traveled across the country, pursing cars he found on the internet or at auction.

One pleasant discovery was a 19,000-mile example that still had the plastic factory seat protectors in place. 

Chrysler, Unusual consignment: 10 Chrysler products, all from 1959, ClassicCars.com Journal
1959 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman

“You can find ’57 Chevrolets left and right, but you can’t find ’59 Chryslers,” McGlothlin discovered.

“Oddly enough,” he added, during his search for ’59 Dodge and Chrysler products, he discovered that ’59 Mercurys are also very hard to find.

McGlothlin, 74, comes from a successful coal-mining family. He said his first collector car was a 1960 Chrysler 300M hardtop he purchased at a Barrett-Jackson auction. 

“I sold it and had four or five other cars,” he said. “But then I found my first ’59 Dodge,” which he found locally in the Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia area.

“You cannot hardly find a ’59 Dodge in any kind of condition that would look like something that came from the factory. Most interiors were gone.”

So why is McGlothlin selling 10 cars from his cherished collection?

“In collecting, if you just buy them and sit on them, do you really have that much fun?” he said. “I have a 12,000-square-foot climate-controlled garage with 27 cars in there. I’m going to sell these 10 and then I’m going to buy something different. I’ve already been looking. I can’t wait to get turned loose on the buying.”

Although he’s selling part of his’59 Chrysler collection, and at no reserve, he’s keeping three from that group — a 2-door hardtop, a 2-door sedan (with 3 on the column, “extremely rare” he adds) and, of course, the Royal 4-door sedan that is a duplicate of the one in which he learned to drive.

Actually, he’s already started.

“I bought a ’72 (Ford) LTD convertible the other day,” he said. “I’m diversifying.”

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.


  1. Absolutely beautiful works of art. I’m a Chevy/Pontiac guy, but these Chryslers are in another realm. Love the body work and all the chrome. 👍👍🏁🏁

  2. My favorite has always been the 1958 fury. But I love them all. The craftsmanship, the body was total works of art. They didn’t keep designs around 10 years like now. That’s when Americans made the best and ruled the streets

  3. I really like that 1959 Dodge D 100 Sweptline Pick Up Truck. I would like to know how many miles are on this GEM. If I were the current owner I would reconsider keeping this one!!!!!

  4. Wow. There are no words. And I was in the new car showrooms with my dad when these gifts direct from the Olympian gods appeared to be enjoyed by us mate mortals. One word: Wow!🙋‍♂️

  5. You outdid yourself, Thomas! Absolute BEAUTY – and made outtakes PITTSBURGH STEEL!! Had a 70 New Yorker – best car I ever owned! I’m jealous, Tom 😎

  6. Back in the late ‘80’s I acquired a ‘59 Custom Royal two door hardtop from the original owners. It had only 27,000 original miles on it. After doing some slight restoration on it I placed an ad in Hemings and sold it within a week at a nice profit. I have regretted it ever since. Who knows, it may be part of this collection!

  7. I remember my family’s 59 Fury,black,continental kit on the trunk and front swivel seats.
    Not sure the difference from the sport Fury unless that one had the 361 engine instead of the 318.


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