Flirting with fuel injection

Angelo Van Bogart |
For vacation, I slipped out from behind my computer to attend the festivities in Auburn, Ind. Generally, I attend this event for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club Reunion and the swap meet at the Kruse Auction Park, but I usually walk through the car corral and cars to be auctioned and dream a little bit. This year, I nearly tripped over my dropped jaw and fell flat on my face while walking through the cars to be auctioned when I ran into this 1958 Chrysler 300D originally equipped with factory electronic fuel injection!

Can you believe a 1958 Chrysler 300-D with fuel injection appeared in the tin? I barely could! The only flaw in the design of the 1958 Chrysler is the tail lamps: they don’t go to the tip of the fin as they do in 1957. I never figured out why that was.

Some people may already know that I am fascinated by fuel-injected
1950s cars, particularly those full-size offerings from American car
producers, and have been collecting all the information I can find in
order to research a future article. You know the cars I’m talking
about: big 1957-’59 Chevrolets, 1957-’58 Pontiac Bonnevilles and 1958
Chrysler Corp. products (Did you know Oldsmobile is believed to have
been flirting with fuel injection on a 1957 model?).

The 1957
Chevrolet Bel Airs and even the Bonnevilles from the same year aren’t
terribly uncommon at the giant events, but forget seeing any other year
of full-size fuelie — they just aren’t out there. So seeing this 1958
300-D at Kruse was absolutely incredible.

As a kid, I remember
reading about a 1958 Chrysler 300-D originally equipped with fuel
injection and weathering under a tree in a Mopar magazine several years
ago, but had never seen pics of it, let alone the actual car. I am not
sure if this 300-D was the same car mentioned in that Mopar magazine,
but the seller stated that it was one of 21 built and 9 survivors. As
was common, the original Bendix Electrojector on the car at this year’s
Kruse auction had long since been replaced by dual Carter carburetor
four-barrels, but those incredibly rare “300-D fuel injection” emblems
remain on the Raven Black quarters.

There it is, the emblem that separates this 1958 300-D from nearly every other of the other, already rare 1958 Chrysler 300s: the fuel injection badge. Try finding these NOS!

Spotting this 300-D was the
second 1958 fuelie I’ve seen this summer. (The other was a 1958
Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe at the Appleton Old Car Show. It, too, had
a carburetor with just “fuel injection” emblems in the proper place.)
Hopefully, I’ll score a triple and see Tom White’s famous gold 1958 De
Soto Adventurer fuelie, the only known 1950s Mopar with a working fuel
injection unit, at Hershey this year!

The car was featured in a European car magazine called “Classic American,” though I don’t know the issue (love to find a copy, though!). I haven’t heard what it sold for, if it met the reserve, but I am sure ithe price was hard on the wallet.

6 Responses to Flirting with fuel injection

  1. Ben Granados says:

    Hi Angelo, fellow Hot Wheels collector here, I was just looking at the HW 40 years book and had a question about a car in there. PLEASE!! email me when you get a second. Thank you and I appreciate the time,

    Ben

  2. Ben Granados says:

    Hi Angelo, fellow Hot Wheels collector here, I was just looking at the HW 40 years book and had a question about a car in there. PLEASE!! email me when you get a second. Thank you and I appreciate the time,

    Ben

  3. Go ahead and post your question here for everyone to see.
    Thanks,
    Angelo

  4. Go ahead and post your question here for everyone to see.
    Thanks,
    Angelo

  5. Wayne Graefen says:

    Its one thing to sport the EFI medallions on the quarter panels and entirely another to have Bendix parts between the valve covers. Did the writer happen to look under the hood?

  6. Wayne Graefen says:

    Its one thing to sport the EFI medallions on the quarter panels and entirely another to have Bendix parts between the valve covers. Did the writer happen to look under the hood?

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