Monday, March 13, 2017

Dodge Firearrow II

The Blackhawk Museum located in Danville California displayed just one classic car at the 2017 Silicon Valley Auto Show – the Dodge Firearrow II
photo courtesy of FCA archives

The Dodge Firearrow concept cars were designed and built by Carrozzeria Ghia in Turin Italy as part of agreement with Chrysler Corporation’s Chief of Advanced Design Virgil Exner. The first Firearrow, finished in brilliant red, was a non-running design on a 1953 Dodge chassis.
Photo by the author

This car the Firearrow II roadster was built on a Dodge Royal 119-inch wheelbase chassis powered by the Dodge “Red Ram” 241 cubic inch 140 horsepower engine connected to a column-shifted PowerFlite two-speed automatic transmission. Painted in an understated pale yellow hue, the two-seat Firearrow II is notable for its frameless windshield but does not have a top or side windows.
Both Firearrow II and III were built on the chassis of a 1954 Dodge Royal Coupe
photo courtesy of FCA archives
Firearrow III was turquoise colored coupe also built on a Royal chassis and the final Firearrow, IV, was a full-functioning four-seat convertible with roll-up windows and a folding top that Chrysler briefly considered for production.
When Chrysler elected not to proceed into production, Eugene Casaroll of Automobile Shippers Inc. stepped in to finance the Dual-Ghia which used a Dodge chassis and running gear with similarly styled bodies built by Carrozzeria Ghia.
In addition to  the Firearrow II the Blackhawk Museum owns Firearrow IV and its successor the 1955 Firebomb.

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