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The 1952 Dodge Cornet was virtually unchanged from the prior year as Chrysler for 1951 had redesigned the entire front end of its cars. For a reason left to history, the rest of the sheet metal was not touched. Perhaps they were too busy manufacturing military vehicles for use in Korea that they chose not to dedicate valuable resources to completely redesign civilian vehicles. In 1952, only the taillamps were redesigned. The split windshield made its final appearance in 1952.
The Cornet was the top trim level for 1952 and offered chrome trim rings on the wheels and Cornet name badges on the front fenders. It was estimated that 25,504 convertibles were produced in 1952 and they had a factory price of $2698
The 1952 Dodge Coronet was powered by a 230-cu.in. flathead straight-six engine with 103 horsepower. With 7.0:1 compression ratio, this car, weighting in at 3520 pounds, offered acceptable acceleration. New, a ’52 Dodge with this engine took 25 seconds to get to 60 mph. This engine had a 3.25-inch bore and 4.625-inch stroke. Fuel was fed into a one-barrel Stromberg downdraft carburetor, which received air through an oil bath air cleaner.
The optional transmission, installed on the Cornet offered, was a M6 semi-automatic unit called a GyroMatic with a Sprint-Away passing gear. Chrysler offered the same transmission but called it FluidMatic. Advertisements back in the day proclaimed, Dodge, Big, New, Dependable ’52 with a drawing of a ram. Another ad read, “Drive a dependable Dodge for five minutes and you’ll drive it for years.” Some standard features included “Safety Rim” wheels to protect against blowouts, bolt-on fenders, automatic choke for easier cold weather starts and electric windshield wipers.
This delightful 1952 Dodge Cornet received a complete nut and bolt restoration sometime in the early 1990’s. It received an AACA National First (Badge #9538) in 1996 and has been maintained in exceptional condition ever since. The maroon paint sparkles and is deep and luxurious. The brightwork is flawless and the tan interior is in good order. The car was acquired from the legendary Imperial Palace collection in 2005 and has more recently been shown on numerous occasions with Best in Class awards at most every outing