With the ongoing debate about classic fiberglass vs classic wood – today on Woody Boater we decided to feature something for everyone, a fair & balanced approach to classic boat reporting, right? Both featured boats today also have an interesting connection to the automotive industry. Here at Woody Boater we love them all. – Texx
1974 Chrysler Conqueror 105 – Fiberglass Outboard
A few days ago we came across a craigslist ad from Appleton, Wisconsin featuring what appears to be a very nice, and very cool 1974 Chrysler Conqueror 105. Although we have featured a number of stories about late 1960’s – early 1970’s Chris-Craft and Donzi fiberglass speedboats, I don’t think we have ever touched on the Chrysler Sport Boat line from the same era – until today. After spending more than 10 years attending classic boat shows around the country, I can’t remember ever seeing a early 70’s Chrysler sport boat like this at a show.
The seller of the 1974 Chrysler Conqueror on craiglist doesn’t get into much detail about the boat other than mentioning the tires on trailer have been replaced, battery and spark plugs are new, etc. So we decided to put together some basic information on the Chrysler marque, including a few vintage 1974 brochures we borrowed from fellow Woody Boater Dane Anderson’s archive (thanks Dane!).
There is also an excellent story on Allpar.com which covers the entire history of Chrysler Marine from it’s beginnings in 1927 producing marine engines to 1993 when the remaining marine divisions were sold.
An excerpt from the Allpar.com story – In 1965, thanks to the purchase of West Bend Outboard, Chrysler had 29% of the U.S. marine engine market. With West Bend came their factory in Hartford, Wisconsin; and Chrysler acquired Elgin, another maker of outboard engines, in 1966. The new purchases led to a new division, separate from the Marine Engine Division, called the Chrysler Outboard Corporation.
George Shahovskoy, former Contributing Editor for Power and Motor Yacht, wrote that the West Bend outboards “looked great but had a horrible reputation and were awfully noisy.” Chrysler immediately commissioned a new line of power boats, its first such line, from Don Mortrude.
Chrysler also bought Lonestar Boat of Plano, Texas in May of 1965; Lonestar had started out in the mid-1950s. It was re-named the Chrysler Boat Corporation. – Allpar
For 1974, a new deep-vee Conqueror 105 was added; Chrysler called it “the first boat ever designed for a specific outboard motor – the classic Chrysler 105.” A shallow-vee Chrysler Conqueror was also added, along with a Carvel III Hydro-Vee. 1975 saw a new 17 foot Conqueror 135 added; the Conqueror 105 was already the most popular Chrysler boat by this time, so it was perhaps no surprise to see the name appear on a sailboat in 1976 (a 21-footer that could handle a V8 stern drive and jet power). – Allpar
Here are a few photos of the 1974 Chrysler Conqueror 105 from the craigslist Appleton, WI ad.
You can Click Here to go directly to the craiglist ad which includes the sellers description of the boat and trailer. The asking price is not included but the seller states “Make a REASONABLE offer.” – Texx
1936 Chevy-Chase Mahogany Car-Boat
“No Hills, No Stop Lights – A Drivers Paradise”
Yesterday our friend & fellow Woody Boater Robert DaPron sent us a link to an unusual story & video that was posted on the popular automotive website www.BangShift.com. Although this story will no doubt make it’s way around the Internet, we just had to share it with our viewers today.
But just keep in mind folks, “You can’t un-see a video once you watch it…”
An excerpt from the BangShift.com story – The late Percy Hunt of Buffalo, New York seems like he was one heck of a guy. Hunt was a large Chevrolet dealer in the Buffalo area and a very astute business man (as you’ll learn about in a minute) who had the amazing craft that you’ll see in the video below built for him. We’re not sure who the boat builder was but when Hunt told the guy he wanted his boat built around a 1936 Chevy sedan we have to imagine that there were some raised eyebrows and perhaps a little bit of scoffing as well. But, as the old saying goes, “money talks” and as you’ll watch below, Hunt got his boat and it is one of the neatest things we have seen in a long, long time.
At first we were thinking that we’d see a floating car but instead what we see is a beautiful mahogany boat with the body and running gear of a 1936 Chevy serving as the cabin and wheelhouse. The boat’s name? Chevy Chase, of course. Appropriate for a guy who sold Chevrolets and had a last name of Hunt. – BangShift.com
With the depth of knowledge our viewers have here at Woody Boater, it would be fun to try and identify what the original 35′ donor hull was before it was (cough) “customized” for the late Percy Hunt from Buffalo, NY.