The McCandless Collection

1957 Dodge Coronet D-501


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The McCandless Collection will take you back to the days of "The Forward Look Era" automotive design, racing, and drivers themselves. We guarantee an unforgettable experience. With so many classic vehicles under one roof, we have something everyone will get excited about.

Fifth car built of a special production project of approximately one hundred cars intended for NASCAR or drag racing use. Less than 10 are known to exist and this car remains in mostly original condition. Built in late November 1956, it was purchased new and drag raced during the 1957 season by Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick. Lee Smith purchased the car in late 1959, briefly sold it between mid-1962 and early 1964, then re-acquired it in 1964. This car was acquired from Lee in 2018.

The factory race package included the following parts and specs:

  • 1956 Chrysler 300B – 354 CU IN Hemi with special chrome crankshaft, solid lifter camshaft and special valves designed for the 1958 fuel injected 300D Hemi
  • 1957 Chrysler 300C – Dual quad carbs, close ratio manual 3 speed transmission, 4.89:1 sure grip differential (available ratios were 2.93:1 thru 6.17:1)
  • 1957 Imperial – Complete suspension, 12” x 2.5” brakes, 15” x 6.5” wheels with 9/16” wheel bolts
  • Additional specs included 7.60-15 heavy duty tires, 26-gallon fuel tank, factory deleted heater and radio
  • Weight 4,050 lbs.
  • Cost – $3,314


The original 1957 Dodge Coronet D-501 is a true classic car enthusiast’s dream. With its powerful Hemi V8 engine, advanced engineering, and sleek, aerodynamic design, this car is a testament to the pinnacle of American automotive design in the 1950s.

The Coronet D-501’s Hemi V8 engine was a true masterpiece of engineering, producing a massive 355 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful cars of its time. This power was paired with advanced features such as power steering, power brakes, and a push-button automatic transmission.

The D-501’s design is truly iconic, with its long hood, short rear deck and imposing front grille. The car’s sleek, aerodynamic design not only gives it a sporty look but also provides excellent handling and stability on the road. The car’s advanced suspension system also provides a smooth and comfortable ride, making it the perfect choice for touring.

Driving the 1957 Dodge Coronet D-501 is an experience like no other. The car’s powerful Hemi V8 engine provides plenty of power and the push-button automatic transmission makes it easy to shift gears. The car’s handling is also excellent, thanks to its advanced suspension system.

1957 Dodge Coronet D-501

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