Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible
Walter P. Chrysler formed the Chrysler Corporation in 1924, and soon his lifetime experience in the auto industry and keen eye for style and engineering helped transform the fledgling car company into one of the top three automakers in America. Chrysler expanded its lineup quickly in the 1920s. The first step was the addition of the up-market Imperial line. Appearing in 1927-28, it gave the company a model with which to compete with Cadillac, Lincoln and all the other luxury marques of the era.
Carefully refined over the decades, by 1960 the Imperial offered not only exclusivity and grand style but also strong performance with its powerful 413 cubic inch engine, and excellent handling thanks to its torsion-bar suspension. Much more than “upscale Chryslers”, the 1960 Imperial line shared only its strong powertrain with other Chrysler products, and ever since 1955, the Imperial was considered a separate marque all its own.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
350hp, 413 cu. in. V8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, semi-floating rear axle with tapered semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel power-operated hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129".
Source: RM Auctions