The 1957-1959 Dodge D-500 was a continuation of Dodge's high-performance package in the late 1950s, with a choice of conventional carburetor or fuel injection. Top horsepower of these vehicles ranged from 333-345, usually with two four-barrel carbs, but in 1958 the top 333-bhp rating came via fuel injection, which was quickly withdrawn because it proved so troublesome.

These cars were extremely fast, and could be quite colorful, too, but some feel they're less distinctive than the 1956 D-500. They're also comparatively scarcer, however.

Pluses of the 1957-1959 Dodge D-500:

  • Decisively improved roadability
  • Great 1950s flash
  • Rarity
  • Performance
  • Sensational go

Minuses of the 1957-1959 Dodge D-500:

  • More expensive to run than the standard Custom Royal
  • 1959 styling
  • Seriously rust-prone
  • Some trim and body parts now hard to find
  • Sloppy workmanship

Production of the 1957-1959 Dodge D-500:
3,000

Specifications of the 1957-1959 Dodge D-500:
Wheelbase, inches: 122.0
Length, inches:
212.2 (1957), 213.8 (1958), 217.4 (1959)
Weight, pounds: 3,444-4,000
Price, new: $2,200-$3,500 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1957-1959 Dodge D-500:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8
325 cid
285/310
1957
ohv V-8
354 cid
340
1957
ohv V-8
361 cid
320/333
1958
ohv V-8
383 cid
320/345
1959

Want more information about classic cars? See: