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Cruisin': A Rare 1955 Chrysler in Russell County
In Jan. 31 Issue
Russell County News
By Ron Cowell, Columnist

There is an antique vehicle here in Russell County that many have seen running around town; not only at Car Shows and Cruise Ins but cruisin’ all around the area.

I’m talking about the 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer 2 door hardtop owned by Dut Wilson of Russell Springs. This vehicle is completely original and has only 48,000 original miles on it.

Everything from the interior to the paint is original, but you would swear it was brand new. It sports a 270 horsepower Hemi engine. It’s the kind of car that any collector would be proud of.

The vehicle was bought new in “55” by a lady from Western Kentucky. It was then sold at an estate sale to the second owner. Then purchased by Dut in 1999, who is only the third owner of the car.

Try to find another car that’s over 50 years old, all original, with low miles and still in the shape this one is in. The vehicle has won numerous awards at shows. Dut says it’s the favorite from his collection and he drives it the most.

Most everyone knows Dut from Wilson Building Supply. They also know him as a loyal Chrysler man and his collection of Chrysler cars. Along with his 55 he has another 1966 Dodge and a 1968 GTX.

Those are just a few of the vehicles he owns. I ask Dut if there were cars he owned in the past that he sold and wished he would have hung on to with a grin he looked at me and said “all of them”.

Besides all the Chrysler vehicles in his collection Dut’s wife Gail has her 1970 Corvette that she adds to the collection. Dut commented that if it were up to him he would not have a Chevy, then I got that grin again. But he said his wife wants a Corvette, his wife gets a Corvette. You know how that goes he commented.

A few times last summer I saw Dut ducked down behind the steering wheel driving the Vette. To see him sporting around in this auto is a rare sight indeed. Very seldom do you see him not in a Chrysler product.

Dut and wife Gail are very active members of the Lake Cumberland Antique Car Club of Russell County. For several years Dut held the position as Vice President of the club. You will see them around the area at the many Cruise Ins and car shows held here in town.

I have known Dut for several years and over that time I have learned he is not only a collector of old cars but he truly knows old cars, not just Chrysler products but all models. There are very few times that I have been with him when someone hasn’t come up to him with a question about a car that he didn’t know the answer to. And if by chance he didn’t know the answer he would sure find out for you.

Dut has also been in several other car clubs over the years, He has been a member of 2 or 3 different Mopar Clubs and was a member of AACA, (Antique Auto Clubs of America).

He says he enjoys going to the different shows and talking with other Car guys. One of the many shows he attends he really enjoys is “The Red Ball Springs” Car show that’s held in TN. Every year. This is a show of cars that are all completely original. Dut’s 1955 Dodge fits in very well at this show.

Besides being a Car Guy and active in Car activities I learned that The Wilson’s, Dut and Gail are new proud Grandparents for the first time.

Their son Daniel and his wife Heather are the proud parents of a new baby boy, Parker David Wilson. Congratulations to the Wilson Family on the arrival of their future Chrysler owner.

If your Car Club is having an event and you would like us to tell everyone about or someone who you would like to see featured in this article send all information to, djron47@yahoo.com . All information on upcoming events needs to be in at least two weeks before the event.

Or if you know someone who is really a car person and you would like to see them featured drop me an email with the persons name, address and phone number and kind of car he/she has, or is working on. Also your name and number.

If your Club or church or group is having an event and you would like to display some classic cars at that event let me know at least two weeks before the event. I will put you in contact with one of the clubs that will gladly bring their cars out for display.

Until next time… Keep Cruisin!

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