PHOENIX, Arizona (November 10, 2008) – A rare, record-breaking 1954 Dodge Firearrow III Sport Concept by Ghia and a one-of-a-kind 1950 Saturn ‘Bob Hope Special’ will take centre-stage at RM’s prestigious Automobiles of Arizona event, January 16th in Phoenix, Arizona.
Each unique examples of automotive styling from the 1950s, the Arizona auction marks the first time these particular one-off cars have come to auction.
The 1954 Dodge Firearrow III Sport Concept was the Chrysler Corporation’s answer to the sports cars that were known to be on the drawing board for Ford Thunderbird and the already released design of the 1953 Corvette. The third in a series of four unique Firearrow concept cars made, it has been said that this concept car had the skillful blending of the best ideas from Europe and the American design studios of Virgil Exner, and brought an entirely new kind of beauty with a look of poised power.
Introduced at the 1954 Detroit Automobile Show, the Firearrow III was the company’s main attraction at all the major auto shows that year. Unlike other concepts, this example was built to ‘show and go’ thanks to its superb engineering, detailed design and of course the legendary Hemi engine. Built as a fully operational show car, details of the car are picture perfect – windows roll up and down, the car sets on 15″ chrome-plated wire wheels, and the quadruple exhaust pipes on the rear fenders are in working condition as opposed to being merely decoration.
1954 Dodge Firearrow III Concept Car – sold for $852,500 A Virgil Exner/Ghia masterpiece. Driven to a closed-course speed record by Betty Skelton. “ground up” restoration by Fran Roxas. Finished in its original Opal Blue metallic paint with a color-coordinated interior of matching leathers. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM