1950 Dodge Wayfarer Sportabout
Flathead Inline L-Head 6-Cylinder @ 103HP
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Manual Convertible Top
Factory Color-Keyed Steel Wheels & Firestone Deluxe Champion Wide Whitewall Tires
Spare Tire/Wheel & Jacking Equipment
Emergency Brake Assembly
Fresh Air Cowl
Windshield Wipers - Vacuum Operated
Heat & Defrost
Driver & Passenger Visors
Vinyl Bench Seating
Generator Charging System
Texas Classic Cars of Dallas is proud to present this hard to find 1950 Dodge Wayfarer Convertible. This example is in very good to excellent condition. This car was purchased by the 2nd owner when it was approximately 2 years old in Henderson, Texas. The car was driven by this young lady to school regularly until she graduated high school. At that time, she was off to college and her father took possession of the car. An executive for AMCO Oil, This gentleman drove the Wayfarer as a personal company car for about 10 years. Time marched on and the car sat garaged, un-restored, and largely un-touched until 25 years ago. The young lady, now grow and married, decided to have the car restored to its original glory days. During an extensive restoration, everything was kept correct on the car with exception of a few things. The top color was changed from white to tan and the trunk was upholstered. Otherwise, the original engine and transmission were rebuilt, the interior restored and exterior restored along with the brakes, etc. The brakes have been done a few times now. The paint and body are strong, while the brightwork is intact and shows well throughout. The convertible top assembly is manually operated and the windows are true "roll-up" windows. These true convertibles were introduced in mid 1949 and Dodge touted them as the car for all youthful America. It is powered by its correct flathead inline 6 paired with the 3-speed manual transmission. This is a turn-key example that cruises down the road, starts, runs and stops just fine.
"Heed the call of the open road in the sportiest car on the highway." - 1950 Dodge promotional literature for the Wayfarer Sportabout Convertible. The Dallas Love Field Frontiers of Flight Museum is the fitting location for many of our photos. Be sure to visit our friends at the Flight Museum if you find yourself in Dallas, Texas. Texas Classic Cars of Dallas' showroom is located only minutes from the historic museum. For the 1950 model year, Dodge replaced the Wayfarer Sportabout Roadster with the "new" fully enclosed "Sportabout Convertible".
There were few exterior changes for the 1950 Dodge Wayfarer. The grille enjoyed a fresh design. Fender-mounted tail lights and chrome strips on the rear fenders were added as well in '50. This car retains its original trim. The fabric convertible top is manually operated and easy to use. The top itself is in great shape as is the framework. Open the doors to 1950. The Wayfarer was considered one of the roomiest, more comfortable cars in its price range. The interior has been restored and is correct throughout. The original gauges are intact throughout and just beautiful. The dash was restored to match the exterior. The steering wheel is original and in great shape except for some cracks, complete with functional rim-blown horn. The transmission of choice was the "semi-automatic" Fluid-Drive transmission, complete with a clutch pedal.
The vinyl bench seating is clean and detailed, in great shape. The original push-button foot start was retained and works correctly. Under the hood is Dodge's L-Head "Get- Away" 6-cylinder engine. This power plant was initially rated at 102 horsepower in 1949, eventually raising the ponies to 103 through the 1950 model year. This power plant is 230.2 cubic inches with 7.0:1 compression & a Stromberg 2bbl. carburetor for induction. These figures co-relate with blazing automotive performance. Figures were said to be a top speed of roughly 75 mph and 0 to 60 times in the 25 second range. This engine would remain basically unchanged through 1954.
The engine compartment is correct and intact throughout. The firewall, inner fenders and core support display original sheet metal. The factory firewall identification plates are also still in place. The undercarriage is exceptionally solid and original throughout. The framework and flooring is intact. This car has been kept in dry climate conditions and it shows. The wheels of choice are the factory steel color-matched wheels with hubcaps, beauty rings, and fresh Firestone Wide Whitewall Deluxe Champion tires all around. The trunk was cleaned out and carpeted due to the fact that owner was unable to find a correct replacement mat. The spare tire/wheel are in place along with the jacking equipment (vintage bumper jack).
The trunk pan is original. Much of the original insulation is coming up. The pan has surface rust, but is overall solid. The vacuum operated wipers are functional as is the fresh air cowl door. The cowl door is the closest thing to air conditioning this Dodge came equipped with besides vent windows. The convertible top is on a lightweight frame assembly and easy for one person to retract and raise, unlike a lot of vintage convertible tops. The door panels are restored and very clean. THe window mechanisms roll up and down correctly.