Lot Number
186

1975 Dodge Coronet Station Wagon

Sold For $5,600

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM AUCTION 2018


Chassis No.
WL45N5A152777
  • Purchased new by Hollywood star Ginger Rogers
  • Highly original, including original Golden Fawn paint
  • Includes window sticker, factory owner’s manual, shop manual, and booklets
  • Documented with service receipts and registration cards in Ginger’s name

A Hollywood icon, Ginger Rogers is perhaps best remembered for being Fred Astaire’s beautiful dancing partner in 10 different films, including the classics Swing Time and Top Hat. Her illustrious career spanned several decades in which she appeared in 73 films, winning an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1940 for her role in Kitty Foyle. Her acting was well received by critics and audiences, and she became one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1940s.

There was little comparison between her glamorous image on screen and her modest, unpretentious home life. Ginger owned the 1,000-acre “Rogue River Ranch” near Eagle Point, Oregon, from 1940 to 1990. There she escaped fast-paced Hollywood, fishing as well as entertaining some of Hollywood’s brightest stars. The ranch was a working dairy for many years and supplied milk to Camp White in Southern Oregon during World War II. Always a private person, Rogers sought out Oregon to put distance between her public persona and her private life. That unpretentiousness is reflected in her choice of the automobile she selected to purchase new and use at her Ranch, this 1975 Dodge Coronet station wagon.

This well-preserved original wagon still retains its original Golden Fawn paint finish and its 400-cu. in. V-8 engine backed by a TorqueFlite automatic transmission that continues to drive well. Optional equipment includes factory air-conditioning, power tailgate window, roof rack, AM radio, side moldings, and white sidewall tires. Accompanying the car is the original window sticker, owner’s manual, shop manual and booklets, as well as registration card and service receipts in Ginger Rogers’ name, proving her ownership of the car.

From Broadway to Hollywood, this is the perfect wagon to fly under the radar.



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