Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible
In 1957, the all-new Chrysler Imperial was a sophisticated Virgil Exner design masterpiece that quickly gained praise for its bold styling, strong performance and competent handling. However, Motor Trend distilled its essence best: “…its performance will lag behind the strongest Chrysler. But top performance isn’t its function. Luxury is what this one has to offer, and it gives it full measure”. As a result, Imperial production reached 37,557 examples, marking 1957 as the best year in the history of the Imperial marque, which officially split from Chrysler as its own model line in 1955. Just 1,167 examples of the Imperial Crown Convertibles were produced for 1957 and notably, it marked the return of a convertible model to the Imperial line, the first since 1951.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
325 bhp, 392 cu. in. V8 engine with hemispherical cylinder heads, TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with parallel torsion bars, semi-floating rear axle with tapered semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129".
Source: RM Auctions