custom royal lancer

1956 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL LANCER V/8 REBUILT, PUSH BUTTON AUTOMATIC, RWD, 77,000 miles, black/red/cream with mixed interior CLASSIC COUPE, RARE, ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT, TITLE IN HAND/CURRENT REG, REBUILT 330 V/8. Selling my 1956 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL LANCER COUPE with original 77,000 miles on it powered by the original rebuilt 330 V/8 engine, and push button automatic transmission! Take a vision of the past and imagine driving a car from the 50’s! It is in very nice condition and a rare find! It is tri-toned in color and runs great! Please call for more info or drop by Lodi Park and Sell and check this rare classic coupe out!


Federal regulations that allowed for Quad Headlight systems went into effect in 1957. It did present a problem for U.S. Auto Manufacturers, because the four headlight systems were not legal in all states. Each company (sometimes each marque) handled the situation differently.

                Chevrolet  1957 Bel Air & 1958 Impala

GM is the easiest, from Chevrolet to Cadillac all GM cars kept the Dual Headlights system for 1957. When all states legalized the Quad System, in 1958, all GM cars switched from two to four headlights.

                       1957 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

AMC (1957 the last year cars were marketed under Nash & Hudson names) The Nash Ambassador was sold with the vertically stacked Quad system.  The Ambassador does not appear to be an option for states that had not legalized four, other than buying other AMC models that had Dual systems.

                         1957 Hudson Hornet Custom

Ford Motor Company handled it differently for different marques. Continental, Ford regular line and Thunderbird kept using Dual headlights.  Most Mercury cars used two headlights, but the new flashy Turnpike Cruiser used an obviously adapted Quad system.  Lincoln went another way. It looked like a vertically stacked Quad system, but in reality was the dual standard nine inch headlights. The lower lights were “Road Lights”.

                                1957 Ford Thunderbird

Chrysler Corporation also used a mix of tricks to handle the situation. The upper echelon marques: Imperial, Chrysler and DeSoto offered their cars with Dual or Quad systems. (Chrysler & DeSoto examples above) Dodge and Plymouth, on the other hand, used Dual headlights, but positioned and disguised parking lights to give the illusion of Quad headlights.

Studebaker/Packard was struggling and did not have the resources to handle dealing with the mixed regulations and would hold off adapting their designs for  Quad headlights until 1958.

Depending on the response this post gets, a follow up on what happened in 1958 when four headlights became legal in all states may be assembled.


1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer Convertible

“Newest of everything great. Greatest of everything new”

One of only 984 built in 1959.
The car sported standard features and option such as:
“Jet-Trail Tail Lamps”
“Level-Flite Torsion-Aire”
“IndiColor” speedometer ribbon
Push-Button “TorqueFlite” automatic transmission
“Autronic Eye”
“Contant-Control” power steering
“Music-Master” transistorized radio
“Swing-Out” swivel seats

Now that’s a list of very interesting options.