production for 1958 was down 30% from 1957 as the Eisenhower
Recession took hold. For the D, production was only 810 compared to
the 300C at 2251. But the D brought some new options to the market;
there was the Fuel Injection, Autopilot, and the remote control
fender mirror. Published references say there were 619 coupes and 191
converts. While we have 810 records, there are 30 that
either can’t be read or have no data. My spreadsheet shows a
total of 781 Ds (191 convertibles and 590 coupes) which leads me to
think the missing coupes are likely in the data that can’t be
an unusual twist, two cars are listed as “abandoned to
carrier”; one in October 17, 1957 and one Dec 9, 1957.
first D was built sometime around 9-15-57 and the last car July 24
1958. Standard color choices were [AAA] Raven Black, [HHH] Aztec
Turquoise, [MMM] Mesa Tan, [OOO] Tahitian Coral, [PPP] Matador Red,
and [XXX] Ermine White. 14 cars were built with special order 999
paint code. 10 of these are coupes. Three of these 999 cars have
special order 888 trim (1 coupe, 2 converts.)
cars were built with 888 trim; three in 999 paint and three in AAA
Raven Black (2 converts, 1 coupe).
are 441 cars built in Ermine White; 332 coupes and 109 converts. It
seems white is the most popular color on a Letter Car.
are 147 cars in Raven Black; 114 coupes, 33 converts. The first was
a coupe on 10/2/57.
cars in Mesa Tan; 45 coupes and 9 converts. The first was a coupe on
cars in Matador Red; 30 coupes and 16 converts. The first was a
convert built on 10/7/57 which is the car abandoned to carrier
cars in Aztec Turquoise; 29 coupes and 7 converts. The first was a
coupe on 10/25/57.
cars in Tahitian Coral; 23 coupes and 12 converts. The first was a
coupe built 10/8/57.
cars in NNN Sandalwood Brown, all coupes. The first was built
car was built in Winchester Gray; a convert built on 3/17/58.
was 1 coupe built in Shell Pink, 11/7/57.
Gray and Shell Pink were paint colors available from Chrysler on
other models in 1958.
coupe was built with paint code XHH. It was built on 6/18/1958. With
that paint code I think it would have a white top on Aztec turquoise
body. On paint codes, the first letter is the top area. The second
letter is the bottom area. The third letter is the insert or center
cars had power seats [option code 303].
had power windows .
cars had power seats without power windows.
cars had power windows without power seats.
cars were built with AC .
cars were built with dual AC .
cars were built with heater .
with gas heater .
with trunk AC .
cars were heater delete.
cars for the rear defogger option .
cars built with manual 60” antenna .
with the power antenna .
cars with manual 60” antenna (loose) .
cars with manual 90” antenna (loose) .
cars with power antenna (loose) .
cars were built with Music Master radio .
car was built with Music Master radio uninstalled .
cars were built with the Electro Touch Tuner .
cars were radio delete.
cars had the manual left outside mirror .
cars had the remote left outside mirror . The first car to get a
remote left mirror has a build date of 1/20/58.
cars had the right outside mirror .
cars had the vanity mirror .
cars were built with antenna but no radio.
car was built with a radio but no antenna.
did not find any cars with power door locks  and I did not find
any with fender ornaments .
was 1 car ordered with a right fender mirror but no left fender
were 10 cars ordered without any options other than the heater.
were 35 cars without any options at all.
the other hand, 75 cars were loaded with power windows, seat, heater,
radio, left and right mirrors. At the extreme, 12 cars had all those
options plus the vanity mirror and the rear defogger.
found one car with the speedometer in kilometers.
cars have the 481 engine code which was most likely to accommodate
cars were built with FI; 5 with AC [37E] and 15 without AC .
are 7 more cars with the FI deleted from the records.
was the first year the records show deletions and additions.
has the heater deleted to install gas heater, also changed generator.
added rear speaker .
added defogger  and stone shields .
added Electro Touch Tuner radio , power antenna , and rear
deleted manual antenna  and Electro Touch Tuner radio .
deleted power antenna  and Electro Touch Tuner radio .
deleted standard 3.31/1 differential  and stone shield 
but added Sure Grip  right outside mirror  and 3.31/1 Sure
deleted Electro Touch Tuner radio , power antenna , ??
, Solex  but added right outside mirror , Accessory
package A , Music Master radio , manual antenna ,
instant heater , and defogger 394.
deleted heater , left outside remote mirror , 30 Amp
generator , standard differential , manual antenna ,
Music Master radio  but added power windows , power antenna
, Sure Grip , left outside mirror , 30 Amp generator
with low cut in , and 3.31/1 Sure Grip [55C].
information on the production cards varied from year to year. The
format of the card changed as well. By 1960, they no longer had
the engine number. 1958 and 1959 were the only years where the VIN
was also stamped onto the data tag. In a strange event, 1958 VINs
1328 through 1365 were incorrectly coded on the tag and on the card
(the “3” was a “2”). The card was corrected
in pencil and the tag left with the error.
We estimate that 193 coupes and 52 convertibles survive.