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1951 Chrysler Saratoga

1951 Chrysler Saratoga

1951 Chrysler SaratogaFrom 1939 to 1960, with a few interruptions, Chrysler used the Saratoga nameplate as first the most expensive, full-sized eight-cylinder model, then as the least expensive eight-cylinder, and finally somewhere in between. The 1951 Chrysler Saratoga was positioned at the bottom of the company’s eight-cylinder cars, but was also made available with the famous HemiV8 engine.

In 1951, Chrysler introduced the Hemi to replace the basic straight-eight that had been in place as far back as 1930. The Hemi was not meant to be a racing engine, but soon enough its high-performance capabilities were realized and cars like the 1951 Chrysler Saratoga were being used in road races and drag races and eventually on the stock car circuit.

The Chrysler Saratoga

The Saratoga nameplate for the Chrysler Corporation first appeared in 1939.  It applied to the most expensive full-size eight-cylinder vehicle, which put it above the Imperial and the New Yorker.  Full wheel covers came standard on the 1939 model and it cost $1,443.  The 1940 model was then assigned to the Series C26 eight-cylinder models, with the Traveler that had replaced the New Yorker and Imperial.  It only came in a four-door sedan model but offered a standard and sport formal interior; the latter included a glass partition that could be lowered.  This was also the year that Fluid Drive was offered for the first time with the three-speed transmission.

Saratoga Automobile Museum

Saratoga, New York is a beautiful place to visit during the warmer months (it’s beautiful in the winter too, but you can’t see it under all the snow), and there is a good reason for car fans to consider making a trip there: the Saratoga Automobile Museum.