A very nice piece, Mike, on a really great car. The car reportedly was acquired by the seller’s brother in San Francisco, California following a refurbishment, and in 1992 it was transferred to their father, relocated to Michigan, and eventually was passed along to the seller in 2012. In 2008 and 2009, there was a ’63 Imperial Custom owned by a Coast Guardsman that sat folorn in the long term parking on the Coast Guard Island for the longest time. Unit-body T-Birds and Lincolns also had front fenders that integrally welded to the structure, unlike Falcons et al with bolt-on fenders. Focus On Quality Control For those of us old enough to remember Fall 1962, it was a very different time for the world. These were unibody cars sitting on a full frame, and the result was greater strength than possibly any other steel-bodied car sold to the public. To each their own. Motor Trend’s August 1963 road test of a 63 LeBaron noted that hard stops produced rear wheel lock-up and considerable fade as well as caused the engine to die (don’t miss those old carburetors!). Seeing curved side glass was a surprise, but it seems Imperials were the first production car to have it – in 1957 no less. What’s really come a long way with safety regs is taking out that randomness and require a certain standard of consistency, and in the early days of crash testing, before computer modeling, it was something of a trial and error quest, finding the existing models that do good in the tests and seeing why they did, and finding the existing models that sucked and find out why they did as well. Also, Exner really didn’t seem to know what he wanted Imperial to be in 61 – a space age interior and 1930’s headlights didn’t go together all that well. A lot has been written about the failure to create a separate brand identity for Imperial from 55 onward (folks still called them Chryslers as I was growing up). I’m sure that the Lincoln and Cadillac folks quickly returned to their home products but I would wager that those who had in the past owned (or were of a mind to consider in the future) Packards, kept on buying Imperials, and that was enough to sustain the marque until those people died, lost their fortunes, or Chrysler’s dilution of the Imperial to being nothing more than just a high-end Chrysler finally killed it off. I can say unequivocally that this series of Imperials was a superior handling luxury car. This featured Imperial is painted in Glacier Blue (one of sixteen exterior colors) and one of just 6,960 Imperial Crown hardtops produced for 1963. Also, good point about how some of its retro and space age styling features didn’t mesh quite well together. Back in the day, it was thought that the best thing was for the doors to fly open and vehicle occupants to be thrown clear of the vehicle in a crash. Your writing, while excellent from the beginning, somehow seems to improve with each article. I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony…….. That was the comeback of free standing headlights they were out of use since the 30s then consigned to the trashcan of history. Steve McQueen in Soldier in the Rain, 1963. I have this large, heavy magazine featuring President Kennedy, dated December 3, 1963, 11 days after his death. I’ve just finished the third volume (of 4) of the big LBJ biography by Robert Caro…what a character. HOWEVER…all the plain black plastic dash knobs and trim are of no better quality that the average Cavalier. Exner . Great analysis of the many design details on this ship. . Combining modern and retro before it was fashionable to do so! The beep is for manual ones. I’m pretty sure the suicide-door Lincolns also had “seamless” front clips. The ’57 styling theme was still too obvious in the cleaner ’62-’62 models, not a sales inducement. Your email address will not be published. While I’m not usually a Mopar fan, there’s nothing like one of these old Imperials, and it’s sad to see it rotting away. Modern cars just have 100X the engineering input, and a lot of it crash oriented, than before. I grabbed the wheelcovers off of it & noticed a large gap between the lip of the cover and the wheel rim. But Imperials by then were based on the Chrysler unibody, not a separate design. Hard to figure. How fitting: Just yesterday we visited LBJ’s ranch. I never realized how graceful the lines were until seeing one in this write-up. Imps of this generation are awash (let’s keep your Navy theme going) in detail. Edit. After a grace period, I think it deserves its own write-up. I too like the original “canopy” roofline, particularly when two-toned. Very retro looking even by 1963 standards.The only `63 model that really looks more like a`59. Learn how your comment data is processed. . (I love these cars very much BTW). Yes, particularly the rear of the ’67 type (whatever years it lasted) was awesome, incorporating a lot of Imperial tradition in a clean, simplified form. Engel and his staff were also responsible for subduing the Imperial’s completely outrageous taillight pods; in fact, they killed two birds with one stone by at once shrinking the fins and integrating the taillights. Imperials by Humber were all coach built by Thrupp Maberly which is the ultimate in luxury, Chryslers version not so much. I always thought the Lincolns & Imperials of this era were a cut above GM’s finest. . It simply cannot be dismissed out-of-hand that, after Packard shuttered, of the three remaining domestic luxury brands, Imperial was the one that came closest to embodying the Packard ‘ethos’. Originally a … I actually forgot I photographed this stunning ’62 at the same show at the beginning of this summer. I just hate the seller’s claims of history they cannot prove. 1965 Chrysler Imperial Up for sale at "NO RESERVE" is a 1965 Chrysler Crown Imperial 4 Door Hardtop. The Imperial looked like a leftover from the gaudy late 50’s by 1963! I’m going to console myself by believing that this car has been completely restored to showroom condition and is someone’s baby since the original post is several years old. My 64 Imp reminded me a lot more of my 59 Fury than of my 68 Newport, just a completely different feel. The odd steering wheel did not take so much adjustment as you might think. Displaying 1 - 15 of 22 total results for classic Chrysler Imperial Vehicles for Sale. The pristine beauty was at a specialty car dealer in Santa Monica, CA in 2011. When I was dealing with them in the 70s, Enlisted personnel got red stickers and Officers got blue. In Hayward Ca. Pretty scary stuff! all the way! For no obvious reason this is one of the best stories I have read on CC. Door panels were graced with beautiful scrollwork engraved on either stainless steel inserts for the Crown series or “select” walnut veneer in the LeBaron series. インペリアル (IMPERIAL)は、クライスラーが製造・販売していた自動車である。 製造国 アメリカ合衆国 販売期間 1926–1930年 ボディタイプ 2/4ドアコンバーチブル 2ドアクーペ 4ドアセダン 駆動方式 FR 変速機 3/4MT-自動車の Love. And your second picture shows how there is not a single exposed seam to show where the front fenders attach to a header panel over the grille, making a single, unbroken expanse of surface surrounding the grille. To me the 63 Lincoln is boring compared to the Imperial. Great piece, Brendan – thanks. While wilder versions were available in other Chrysler vehicles, the Imperial mill was outfitted exclusively with a single Carter AFB four-barrel carburetor fueling 10:1 compression, and developed 340 hp and 450 ft. lbs. These are among my all time favorites, it’d be a real shame if this was still sitting there sinking into the ground. I didn’t know the year, but this was a favorite Imperial of mine. Chances are it was bought used by the owner of that base sticker. Even a basic front bumper – it has those little wings under the headlights. I arrived at work today, switched on my computer and came over to CC for the latest. I like these better, too. One roll of uncut 35mm slides. The car back in its day was a luxury car. My god, look at the thought that went into that front end. It was one really strong unibody box with a lot of weight behind it. I’m convinced that luxury barges from the 60s are really the best bang for the buck in the hobby. This is a model i have intimate knowledge of, having owned an Aztec Gold Southampton for about 5 years, ending in 2011. The 1963 Chryslers were the last of the Virgil Exner-designed cars to come from Ma Mopar. I much prefer the sleek lines of the original Exner design as shown on this 62 coupe and the earlier models. Long ago, I owned five or six of these Imperials, four or five Lincolns, and three or four Cadillacs. The square steering wheel also allowed added leg room for the driver. Research 1967 Chrysler Imperial 4 Door Sedan prices, used values & Imperial 4 Door Sedan pricing, specs and more! There is a level of luxury in these Imperials that is just not available anymore. Yes, and those flight decks. What’s more, that ovoid steering wheel framed a set of electroluminescent gauges: Just slouch a bit while driving at night and view those brilliantly-lit gauges through your TV-shaped steering wheel! At least it opens the right way (not forward-hinged). There was a rich old lady who lived around the corner from us that had one, and in the summer I would practically crawl into the open window to gaze at that conglomeration. This ’63 Imperial got the morning off to fine start. That car swiveled more heads than anything I’ve owned. I cannot verify the LBJ fact due to it being a government car and was titled as a Government car. With a stroke of a pen, the excess flash of floating headlights and tail fins were brushed aside for a more formal, dignified style. I have owned a 63 Cad Fleetwood and a 64 Imperial (quite similar under the skin to this 63), but have never driven one of the Kennedy-era Lincolns (much to my dismay). The ATS may be an excellent car, however I own a 335 and would not replace it with a Cadillac ATS. Sure was a simpler time when choices in this model range were limited. http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/ctd/3309326260.html. The seams were carefully leaded in . Certainly it hasn’t rusted away. Edit: Now that I think about it, weren’t they actually Green Hornet cool? Oh well. The factory air in the Imperial would have sent air out through nozzles on top of the dash, much like other full-sized Chrysler products of the time. Brendan, have you seen Jay Leno’s You Tube video of his 1967 Imperial Crown coupe? The 440ci engine wasn’t offered until 1966 but I agree the late 50’s/early 60’s Imperial’s and other Chrysler models were really nice cars. The car was spotted by the seller on a farm in northwest Indiana. I’ve never liked the hump, propeller bumper, huge eagle, and arrow signals on the 64 Imperial. So it must have been AMC copying Imperial. 4 vehicles matched Now showing page 1 of 1. It shared the same trim, but had a canvas-covered roof and leather and broadcloth Imperial upholstery. . Description for Chrysler Imperial 1963 Up for auction is a 1963 Imperial Lebaron by Chrysler. Neat car, I like the ’63 better than the ’64 too. And those “pod” headlights! 1963 Chrysler Imperial Crown Up for auction is this 1963 Imperial Crown Coupe. My 1958 Imperial was the only one I ever owned. The overall design of the Imperial is way too busy and isn’t cohesive. We forget how from year to year the manufacturers changed grills, taillamps and such so often that a particular one year model could be quickly and easily forgotten. Whenever I looked at a 2011 Malibu I think how much better that bit of detail would have looked. Lord Vader, your ship has arrived. It also predicted the glowing dash instruments of today with its high powered (225 volts!) Or was it lack of substantial sales that caused a lack of substantial differentiation from Chryslers? All of my dad’s cars (literally every car he owned in his lifetime) wore similar stickers for NUSC (later NUWC) in Newport, RI. I vote for freestanding headlights making a comeback. The Lincoln is elegant in it’s beautiful simplicity. [Welcome our newest Contributor Mike Burns, also known hereabouts as Impalamino]. I would prefer a ’64 Cadillac today.. over all of ’em. It looks like the designers watched “Forbidden Planet” and “The Jetsons” too many times and tried grafting on space-age design elements on a mid-50s car. The color of the sticker may have been an indication of the status of the owner. I love seeing one of these cars today, but I can also see why this Imperial would have been tough sale against a contemporary Cadillac or Lincoln. I’m real weird about cutting wires & snapping off pieces…even when the victim is at its final resting place! And on top of that a new dash design every couple of years with all of that detail. These early sixties’ Imperials kept me quite intrigued as a kid. Now if you want ugly dashes you need look no further the the BOP offerings of the late 50s…. I should be ashamed to call myself a Mopar guy to let a car sit. Those 413s were smoother than the later 440s… but neither of them lasted very long—not like the old Hemis. But in a higher speed crash I would rather be in any modern car. Pardon me as I wipe the drool from my keyboard. Bizzaro styling (cartoonish fins in 1960-61) a strange dash layout and square steering wheel were some of the main reasons Imperial fell way behind Cadillac and Lincoln. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. If a guy had luxury car money to spend in 1963, he would have certainly had a tough choice between three very nicely done cars. Count me as a huge fan of these! I remember this as well when I went to school. Could have given birth to the 64. Over the years, Imperial would gradually share more and more with other Chryslers, first losing its dedicated assembly plant, then its separate platform, and eventually its own body shell. I suspect that the Lincoln would be the same here. I’ve gotten quite upset when parts I needed were destroyed by some goon who tore them away to get to his “shiny object”. . This mid-range Crown hardtop model offered three upholstery choices: a standard check-weave fabric with leather trim, optional nylon fabric with leather trim, or the optional full-leather upholstery featured in this car in Alabaster. The new Continental will sell because middle Americans will aspire to its glitz and glamour. The main reason Imperial was never accepted as a stand-alone make was its long association as the top Chrysler model before 1955. I do combine shipments … Even though the current Cadillac ATS is better than the BMW 3-series, people will still want the BMW for its recognized name as the ultimate driving machine (even though it isn’t). craigslist find! Any older car that’s used for a crash test emits a large cloud of dust, dirt, and grit, caught in places where carwashes can’t reach. And, for LeBarons of this vintage, there was a fiberglass “cap” that filled in the otherwise large rear window expanse area found on Customs and Crowns. Back in the day Motor Trend annually tested the three luxury makes against one another. I wrote up a local ’68 a couple years ago. Since the covers were solid (no holes), Chrysler “vented” the covers through the attaching retainer. Lincolns and Imperials are nice cars.. NEW I’ve had the pleasure of several Imperials, A 1962 LeBaron being my favorite. But even though Chrysler’s sales do improve during the 60’s, Imperial’s do not. All Rights Reserved. Air conditioning? It would have been Lincoln hands down for me. Astute Imperial spotters will note that this particular Imp is not equipped with the “toilet seat” on the trunk. Not too many new Caddys, but some Chrysler 300C’s. The only Imperial that ever saw up close was the one the cook owned at my first job in 1967. The ’64 models were much better but it was really too late and they now looked too much like Lincolns anyways. The Imperials were still quite attractive cars in their own right, but with curves, flowing lines and a wraparound-style windshield, the design was beginning to show its age. The ’57 and ’63 are nice bookends to the general look, and I think are the best of the bunch. Copyright 2011 - 2021 Curbside Classics. parts for Chrysler, Plymouth, Desoto, Imperial and Dodge cars and trucks, 1930-1971 1963 Chrysler Imperial Description: Up for auction is a 1963 Imperial Lebaron by Chrysler. Two photos of him stand out in my memory: 1) Swearing in as President moments after Kennedy’s death; 2) Showing off his gall bladder scar; 3) Towering over and standing real close, in the face of another politician; He was a character all right. Or a good car to have repeated fender benders in, at least the later versions that retained that fully welded and leaded front clip. If I’m paying the kind of money required to own something considered “premium”, I expect something above and beyond what is standard on a “lesser” car. Imperials were still pretty classy and impeccable in ’67 and ’68, but come MY ’69, the cars wound up being a New Yorker in a formal gown, but assembled more like a end-of-model-year Plymouth Fury III. What’s more is that this body style was Imperial’s most popular for 1963. As I mentioned in the Lincoln thread yesterday, the Ford Museum has dozens of pictures of the car undergoing its 1964 modifications (armor, etc.). All 1963 models came standard with the 413 cu in engine originally introduced in the ’59 models. I have a 63 Imperial Custom, 65 Imperial LeBaron, and a 63 Cadillac Fleetwood. Like looking at the SS United States docked in Philadelphia these days. The stand alone gunsight tail lights on the earlier version are also quite cool I prefer them to these integrated into the clipped fins. Brakes were 11-inch self-adjusting, power hydraulic front and rear drums, and for 1963, total effective brake lining was up to industry best 287.2 square inches, for better cooling and less fade. The Forward Look Imperials were styling blockbusters in 1957, but once the restrained 1961 Lincoln appeared, began looking very dated. Anyway, 1959 is the founding year of the IIHS, and the Chevy was chosen to go head-to-head with its most modern counterpart in size and body style in 2009, the Malibu. 1 sold, 0 available. I’m with you there, though my favourite is the 61. . Among other things, that made it easy for the Marines to know who to salute at the entrances of the Bases. Biggest, heaviest unibody ever and notoriously overbuilt. Love the ‘beep’ in the soundtrack when it’s time to go to the next slide – I remember that on slideshows at school, before we got a movie projector! 1957 Chrysler Imperial Crown Southampton 4 Door Hardtop 動画で自動車ショー 1957年クライスラー・インペリアル・クラウン 実車の動画、写真、プラモデルやミニカーなど模型で見る世界の自動車、オートバイ。 Engel’s personalization was already noticeable in the 1963 Imperial, with new squared-off rooflines for Custom and Crown series, and the removal of the “gun sight” taillights in favor of integrated units. Was it lack of substantial differentiation from Chryslers that caused a lack of substantial sales? And here is a shot of that engine that so many conspiracy theorists keep insisting was removed. By 1963, that definitely was not a good thing. Better to appreciate what was in these incredible cars. With this car, Engel’s influence is best seen in the roof line, which recalls his earlier Continental and is more formal than on the ’62 Imp. Chryco did a wonderful job on the handling, even on this scale, but having to dip in behind parked cars to let oncoming traffic go by was the norm. I can say this much: This exact vehicle was offered for sale (and may still be) by a small local dealer that seems to specialize in Curbside Classics. The build quality on the ’60 through ’66 Imperials was impeccable. This 1969 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron is an original. You are probably correct. I saw a picture recently of a 63 Imperial that someone had painted in a two-tone white and red scheme, separated by the chrome strip along the body side. Especially considering the ratio of ’63 Imperials to ’63 Cadillacs . 4-door sedan body type. Provided a prospective Imperial buyer wasn’t prone to trunk-based excess, they were otherwise free to express their own individuality by checking the correct boxes on the order sheet. While this was unfortunate for the brand, thankfully Chrysler kept up with the annual styling tweaks that were once standard practice across the industry. This was a good story and I am intrigued by the Military connection. I have a set of four (4) OEM vintage original factory brushed alloy wheels for the 1981-1983 Chrysler Imperial. What amazes me is that a lot of people fall all over themselves when they see a Nova or Chevelle or Duster….and a lot of those heaps get restored & hot-rodded…yet such incredible cars like these get hauled off for scrap because “they weigh a lot”. luminescent dash. Despite Chrysler’s efforts, the automaker’s flagship luxury division never seemed to get both feet off the ground and pose a serious threat to Cadillac and Lincoln. In the 1970s enlisted had red stickers, officers blue and I believe retired military had black stickers. . Exner . Dual A/C cars had an extra evaporator in the trunk with a set of vents on the package shelf. Because of the target client this was as foreign to me as caviar. Square steering wheel falls to hand just right and if memory serves it was fast maybe 3 turns lock to lock. Road tests of the day had these Imperials a car length ahead in a drag race with a Caddy, two and a half over the Lincoln. Unlikely one was hauled into a wrecking yard I worked at it had been in a nose to tail so hit at both ends the doors had burst open and would not close, they might go ok in a derby at low speed but crash one at highway speed and the crumple pretty bad. They don’t make ’em like they use to. Thats my car alright. Don’t forget the owner could have been a Marine as well. It’s the only iteration of Exner’s gunsight taillight that looks designed-in, not like an afterthought stuck onto the top of the fender. “PREZ JOHNSON’S CAR” means this Imperial would have once belonged to LBJ (Pres. Agree with Jim Grey’s comment on the dash – ugh. 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