Lot 406

Hershey 2023

1931 Chrysler CD 8 Sport Roadster


$46,200 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



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  • One of 1,462 Chrysler CD 8 Roadsters and Sports Roadsters built for the 1931 model year
  • Powered by a 240 cu.-in. inline eight-cylinder engine
  • Elegant presentation resulting from an older restoration
  • Equipped with a suite of exterior accessories
  • Offered from the collection of Bryan Keysor
Please note that this lot is titled as a 1930.

Chrysler Corporation introduced its first line of eight-cylinder engines in 1931 with an inline flathead design displacing between 240 and 384 cubic inches for the company’s new CD and CG series of automobiles. Both featured styling somewhat reminiscent of the Cord L-29, with a V-type radiator, wide profile, and sporty lines. The larger engines and availability of four-wheel hydraulic brakes endowed the CD and CG series with sporting potential. A pair of Chryslers was entered into the 1931 24 Hours of Le Mans with Henri de Costier and Raymond Sommer at the wheels. A month later, Sommer drove the Chrysler CD to a class victory and third overall at the 24 Hours of Spa. Just 1,462 CD 8 Roadsters and Sport Roadsters were built for the 1931 model year, making these cars sought after today, particularly with pre-war racing aficionados.

This 1931 Chrysler CD 8 Sport Roadster’s elegant presentation benefits from a previous restoration. It is finished in a subdued color scheme featuring black fenders and a maroon body with a tan convertible top. Bright red pinstriping flows with the body lines and coordinates nicely with wire wheels of the same hue. The exterior is further furnished with a raft of accessories, including dual spare tires, side mirrors, cowl lights, a rear-mounted trunk, and low-set yellow fog lamps. The interior is equally well equipped with a full complement of dashboard gauges, a heater vent, and a Motorola radio.

Acquired by the current owner in 2014 out of Washington state, this Chrysler has been well maintained as part of a collection. Shortly after acquiring it, the owner had the engine rebuilt and a new exhaust system installed.

Stylish and sporty, the Chrysler CD 8 is a highly capable pre-war roadster perfect for vintage touring. The appealing presentation of the example on offer will surely make for an enticing addition to any collection.