Thursday, August 28, 2014

3k: Fit For A King: 1964 Imperial Crown Coupe

In 1964 Chrysler introduced a new edition of their Imperial Crown high end luxury sedan.  The new version put to bed the 50's tailfins and chrome of the Virgil Exner designed Imperials, and the Elwood Engel designed 1964 model featured slab sides (you might recognize them from Engel's '61 Continental design) and razor-edged lines.  It was far more modern looking car with thick C-pillars and thick chrome emphasizing the top of the fenders, and few cars from the 1960s match its street presence per dollar ratio.  Find this 1964 Imperial Crown Coupe offered for $3,500 in Van Nuys, CA via craigslist.



The Imperial name had been used since 1926 to identify Chrysler Corp.'s top end luxury cars, but it wasn't until 1955 that Chrysler spun off an entire brand to compete with Lincoln and Cadillac.  During the second generation (1957-1966) the Imperial actually sat on its own body-on-frame platform, separate from any other Chrysler automobile.


This particular Imperial looks a bit tired cosmetically, but according to the seller it runs perfectly (although you have to wonder why it is riding on a trailer in the pictures...).  Expect to consume plenty of gasoline through the 4-barrel carburetor of the 440 cubic inch V8 rated at 350 horsepower.  Of course you wouldn't be expected to row your own gears in a car like this, ha a 3-speed Torqueflite automatic was fitted as standard.


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2 comments:

  1. Cant even get it home before posting sale pics. The original owners body is still warm....

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