Original Dodge Firearrow concepts to be auctioned
By Mike Hanlon
December 18, 2006
December 19, 2006 The only two Dodge Firearrow convertible s in the world will be going under the hammer in mid-January, giving someone a unique opportunity to own a piece of history. In an effort to create consumer excitement during 1953 and 1954, Chrysler produced four cars under the Dodge nameplate, naming them Firearrows. Each penned by Virgil Exner, the dream cars were built in a series from Firearrow I to Firearrow IV. Barrett-Jackson will feature the Firearrow II and IV models, representing the instrumental progression of the classic concept vehicle. This reprint from Special Interest Autos has the full story on the Firearrows and how they eventually went into very limited production as America's first four passenger sports car, the Dual Ghia. In their day, they were very sought after, with owners including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Debbie Reynolds and big band leader Hoagy Carmichael. One of the original four Firearrows was used by stuntperson and model Betty Skelton to set a Women’s Closed-Course World Speed Record of 143.44 mph in 1954, so you can rest assured that the Firearrows won't get left behind at the traffic lights.
The soft yellow Firearrow II roadster was built on a shortened Dodge chassis; the car’s elegant styling is tasteful and European in flavor. The beautiful red Firearrow IV, the last car of the series, is a two place convertible with roll-up windows, a folding top, rear jump seat, radio, heater and full instrumentation.
“Both cars handle beautifully and are capable of long distance touring if desired,” stated Sam Mann, owner of the Firearrows. “Along with their drivability, the cars are as sleek and stylish as they were when they were built, earning them significant show honors at Meadowbrook and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.”
Failing to reach full approval from the manufacturer, the Firearrow was never placed into production and most concept cars were later destroyed, adding to the rarity of these two cars.
“Originally created to compete with the Thunderbird and Corvette, the Firearrow has become a significant piece of automotive history,” said Craig Jackson, president of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “This prized pair of cars would be the centerpiece of any collection. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to own a significant piece of automotive history.”
The award-winning convertibles will be auctioned back to back during the Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event from January 13-21, 2007, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“It’s an honor to offer these classic and highly coveted vehicles at this year’s Scottsdale event,” added Jackson. “Bidders will have the opportunity to take home two of the rarest cars in the world, which represent the golden era of the concept car.”