What’s it like to drive a 1957 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL LANCER?

What’s it like to drive a 1957 DODGE ROYAL LANCER?

Shooting a daily Vlog Show can be a challenge sometimes as not all days are filled with car shows, premieres or cool activities. But fortunately for me, I live here in the Bu, where there’s a wealth of amazing cars that are revealed as you poke around town.

Now, there’s no way to know what you’ll come across, but if I need some quick content to wrap up my show, I just drive through town and always spot something cool. Case in point: Justin Silvers’ 1957 Dodge Royal Lancer.

There’s a few hot spots in town that I can peruse in about 10 minutes and one of them includes Malibu Car Wash in Malibu Country Mart. Justin started MCW about 26 years ago in 1990. That’s a lot of washes. A handy array of car coolness where owners get their dirty rides gleaming again. And owner Justin Silvers and his team do a great job at keeping these puppies glossy and ready for the Oscars — a Car Wash to the Stars, you could say.

So I frequently scoot by and do some snappy drive-bys. But this past week, I stopped in as Justin had an amazing classic, just washed and ready for a photo shoot. So I did my thing and asked him where he managed to wrangle this beauty?

“I sell motor yachts and cars,” Justin began to explain. “But this 1957 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer had a factory installed D500 Hemi and dual 4 Barrel Carburators which pumped it to 315hp from the factory. It has an original torque flight push button transmission, too. So, I bought the car for my father as a birthday present and have been restoring it for the last three years.” 

But there’s more. 

“I purchased the car on the East Coast and had it shipped it to California.” 

The reason he bought it? Here was the diddy.

“My dad had this car in high school and it brings back lots of great memories for him and his twin brother.” Justin went on further. “The best part of the car in my opinion is the Hemi and the rear tail fins.” 

An amazing touch and a clear sister to Hollywood’s “Christine,” having come out the same year as a Plymouth Fury. 

“The car will be used by my father to drive in Palm Springs and take to car shows.” 

A very cool gift indeed for a car guy. His original high school ride. If my son did the same for me … it’d be a 1981 Lemon Yellow Volkswagen Dasher. Not a cool car at the time by any means and it even had four doors. But I kicked the crap outta that car, drew a Van Halen logo on the back with a sharpie and let ‘er rip. It’s where I learned to drift a front-wheel drive and wrangled my first tickets. So proud.

And finally, why Malibu for Justin? 

“I love driving here in town to see the beautiful scenery and to visit with good friends that I have grown to know and love for the last 26 years.” 

Simple. Either you get it or you don’t. 

If you don’t, there’s always the Valley and it’s calling to you. Big thanks, Justin, for the introduction to Della (my name for Christine’s sister). She’s a sweetheart and will be your dad’s new squeeze. But if I head to Palm Springs, I’ll be expecting a ride …

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