Rare car from “Mad Men” could be yours.
Don Draper is probably known best for pitching great advertisements, excessive drinking, and womanizing. But the lead character in AMC’s Mad Men was also a bit of a car aficionado, getting behind the wheel of various classic rides over the years. Now fans of the TV show can buy one of the many rides Draper drove at auction.
The car in question is a 1964 Imperial Crown convertible, which Draper (played by Jon Hamm) rents on a visit to California in the show’s fourth season. Imperial was a Chrysler luxury brand; this 1964 Crown came with a 413 cubic-inch (6.8-liter) V8 engine and a push-button, three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. The car is close to original, with auction house ScreenBid saying that the only significant updates are new carpeting and fresh red paint. As befits a luxury car, the equipment list is extensive by the era’s standards, with AM/FM radio, power steering, power brakes, power windows, and a power convertible top all apparently included. The car also comes with a certificate of authenticity from Lions Gate Entertainment, attesting to its role in the TV show.
The auction house has not listed a reserve or estimate price for the Imperial. Hagerty Insurance says that average sale prices for a 164 Crown convertible range from as little as $10,800 for a “Fair” condition car, to $47,000 for one in Concours-ready condition. Still, it’s possible that the car’s small-screen provenance will bump up the value for an avid Mad Men fan. The auction starts June 1.