Chrysler Imperial Newport Coupe
With understated elegance and a well-deserved reputation for engineering excellence, the Imperial nameplate topped the Chrysler product line from 1926 through 1975. In order to further distinguish the Imperial line, Chrysler Corporation designated the Imperial as a separate marque in 1954. The all-new 1955 Imperials were based heavily on the fabulous new Chryslers that also appeared that year, which benefited from the full influence of renowned stylist Virgil Exner. Imperials were available in two basic forms – the C69 short-wheelbase Newport Coupe or Sedan and the long-wheelbase C70 Crown Imperial – and were known for their excellent build quality.
The C69 Imperial models were priced from about $4,500, with many standard features including power steering and power brakes, while optional equipment included air conditioning, a four-way power front seat, power windows, Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels, whitewall tires and a signal-seeking radio. Befitting its status, the standard Imperial engine was Chrysler’s top power unit for 1955 – the 331 cubic inch V8 engine with hemispherical combustion chambers, mated to the smooth-shifting Power-Flite automatic transmission.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
250 bhp, 331 cu. in. V8 engine with hemispherical cylinder heads, single four-barrel carburetor, two-speed Power-Flite automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 130"
Source: RM Auctions