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. The Mirrormatic light sensitive rear view mirror was annoyingly noisy, while being super cool, and the green glow of 225 volts through the electroluminescent dash was a sight to behold – nothing like it existed before fiber optics. My ’62 Valiant had the same one. Was the ’64 really a new body? 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. Given the substantial leather wear and cracks, there’s no doubt in my mind this Imperial’s interior is all-original. 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. I’m with you there, though my favourite is the 61. They occasionally flew off on their own. told me that guys would visibly wince whenever one came in. At the very least, because of this Imperials of these years tend to have more of a “custom-built” feel to them when compared with Cadillac and Lincoln. Chrysler sparked the horsepower race with the "Hemi" V8 engine in 1951 and was the first to introduce the unibody design, minivan and the K-car under Lee Iacocca. Of Imperial taking up where Packard left off: only anecdotally but even back in the day, it was commonly talked about that many Packard owners traded for a new Imperial for their next new car. Also, the large gap ahead of the radiator protects it from impact, plus simply that Imperials they were (very) large BOF cars. . 1963 Chrysler Imperial Crown 2-Door Convertible 413 CID V8 Automatic Extremely Rare- Only 531 Convertibles Built in 1963/ One of 212 with Factory AC You are looking at an extremely rare factory air-conditioned 1963 Chrysler Imperial Crown convertible with its original 413 cubic inch max wedge V8 (340 horsepower/ 470 lb-ft torque), 2.93:1 rear gear ratio, and original A727 3-speed … Neat car, I like the ’63 better than the ’64 too. The reason why Imperial was never an astounding success unfortunately tends to be a chicken or the egg situation. So, the Imperial got saddled with years-old styling long after it had passed (mainly that wrap-around windshield) which surely cost sales. Sad. This, after all, was “America’s Most Carefully Built Car”, according to Imperial literature–and it would almost have to be. The Glacier Blue with Alabaster is great, but make mine black with red leather. My god, look at the thought that went into that front end. They were filmstrips actually. Good job. American Brands: AMC, Jeep and All Others, Tractors, Lawn Mowers, Off-Road Equipment, Curbside Classic: 1963 Imperial Custom Four-Door – The Imperial Battleship, http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/ctd/3309326260.html. In that regard, the stiff BOF frames made sense. BOC, those wheelcovers had some dings on them & weren’t perfect,but they’re yours for the shipping if you need them (or just want to hang them on the wall like I do) . I dont remember how that goes. Here’s an anomaly, how did this convertible come to be? . 3 999,999 Mount Clemens, MI 3 years ebay.com 1963 Chrysler Imperial, CROWN, Hardtop, 4-door. The ’57 and ’63 are nice bookends to the general look, and I think are the best of the bunch. All time favorite is the ’65 where the push button automatic was moved from the dash to a more traditional steering column format and a separate glass lens was placed over the bezel of the headlamps. I love the rear end. Argh, I edited the wrong comment. Originally a … You see, that’s what NAS Dallas truly was: A training station for aircraft pilots, not ship’s captains. I’d take a ’61 myself. I think this is where Ethel Merman says “WE’RE in the Imperial and WE’RE last? my all time favourite line of his was about the ‘gun site’ taillights on them. 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. What this meant was that Imperial was often forced to endure the same body shells for longer periods of time and share more in common with lesser Mopar vehicles. The color of the sticker may have been an indication of the status of the owner. A silver 1967 Imperial was actually the first “Curbside Classic” I ever photographed, in 2009, long before I was part of CC and before it even existed! GM: How The Giant Lost Its Voice – An Insider’s Perspective, Cohort Pic(k)s of the Day: 2002-2008 Honda Mobilio Spike – A Better Box Than My xBox, Curbside Classic: 1989 Saab 900 Turbo Four-Door Saloon – The Sweetest Swede, Curbside Classics: 1971 Dodge Maxiwagon and 1979 Dodge Maxivan – Dodge Pioneers The Really Big Van. Especially considering the ratio of ’63 Imperials to ’63 Cadillacs . Speculate at will. Chrysler 300 Sport 4-Door Hardtop Firepower 305 (man. Yes, and those flight decks. But ANYTHING can be restored. It was actually a “faux pas” to have both an upright hood ornament and also a logo in the grille itself. Brendan, have you seen Jay Leno’s You Tube video of his 1967 Imperial Crown coupe? Classifieds for 1963 Chrysler Imperial. If this factory drawing is anything to go by, these also had front fenders that were welded on just like a quarter panel. LOL, +1. 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. I don’t particularly like the looks (I’m more partial to the 1960–1961 Chryslers), but it’s so out there that I’m heartened that it existed at all. Although Chrysler had hired him away from Ford in 1961, on the heels of the success of his well-regarded 1961 Lincoln Continental, Engel would not be able to fully realize his vision for Chrysler/Imperial until 1964. . I like these better, too. All the seams between the panels were filled on the assembly line. An Imperial-Mercedes Hybrid 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car. Body shop repair after an accident? Join millions of people using Oodle to find unique used cars for sale, certified pre-owned car listings, and new car classifieds. 1967 Chrysler Imperial Crown Coupe VIN: YM23K73129556. Lyndon Johnson had a least one Imperial – a 1957. craigslist find! > Pardon me as I wipe the drool from my keyboard. Plus quality control issues continued. One roll of uncut 35mm slides. Your email address will not be published. It was back at the same garage a couple weeks ago for its annual fall tuneup. I find odd that the Imperials dash layout is similar to ’63-64 Rambler. I have this large, heavy magazine featuring President Kennedy, dated December 3, 1963, 11 days after his death. Having said all of this, as a kid, I found Imperials to be totally unique and fascinating and a very rare sight on the roads of the Midwest. I’d have to agree that the ’62’s split grille with the horizontal bars looks better than the one on the ’63. Oh well. (first posted 11/2/2012) Nautical terms are often applied to automobiles. The Imperials most certainly DID use premium hardware pieces apart from lesser Mopars (although many of those pieces were machined from dies made from the ’57 models!). most likely towed away by the City of Oakland and sold off for scrap. I always thought the Lincolns & Imperials of this era were a cut above GM’s finest. For some reason the center of the car screams 1975 but the front and the rear of the car screams 1959, still a really nice car. Very nice! Revised sheetmetal but the same hard points. When the rest of the big Mopars went Unibody in 1960, the low-volume Imp kept it’s older BOF design all the way through 1966. Was it lack of substantial differentiation from Chryslers that caused a lack of substantial sales? Exner . And these cars had less in common with Chryslers than received wisdom implies, being built with brutally strong body on frame construction, the last of the Mopars to have it. Chances are it was bought used by the owner of that base sticker. Kinda wish I had it now for occasional cruises, but not a daily driver. I might need to research this first though, as I recall reading that they will only fit on certain rims. This time capsule is just waking up from a 7 year dormancy as it was last on the road in 2007. This 1963 Imperial Crown 4-door hardtop was the last of the Virgil Exner-designed “Forward Look” Imperials that first debuted as 1957s. Shame that nobody could save this one. 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. Imagine a car being built that way today! Check. While an interesting idea, and making for some very interesting sheetmetal curvature, I’ve never been a fan of the freestanding headlamps on the ’61 to ’63 Imperials. I read from someone who knew the car that it was quite original, and that the dust was likely from 50 years of driving in Georgia red clay. Strange that all 3 of the eagles are completely different. It was his interpretation of the “classic era” (late ’20s/early ’30s) look that he wanted to use for distinctiveness . For the Imperial’s built from 1957 to 1975, they are all on my lust list. 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. One of these came through the scrapyard last year — it was complete. of torque. 1963 Chrysler Imperial Additional Info: Up for auction is a 1963 Imperial Lebaron by Chrysler. Still want to cruise around one Halloween in an Imperial while wearing a very detailed Darth Vader costume. Imperial also boasted best in class standard power, with its 6.8L (413 cubic inch) V8 putting out 340 horsepower and 470 pound-foot of torque. I apologize if this has already been mentioned, as I am adding my two cents on the run, but “Uncle” Tom McCahill, the voluble car tester for Mechanix Illustrated magazine 5 to 6 decades ago thought the Imperials of 1957 to 63 were the best all around highway cars available outside of Stuttgart, and better than much of what was obtainable from that city. The Packards of 57 and 58 were Studebakers with Packard clothes in 57 and in God know’s what in 58. I was reminded of the maroon 1960 Imperial sedan I once looked at in Tacoma – it had an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association sticker on the instrument panel. he had several as his personal cars and talked about how great they were for the many coast to coast trips he used to take. Not ALL old cars were built like that Chevy. Read the excellent ate up with motor article. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. It could have been owned by a civilian employee at the base, as well. Thanks for letting me know! Certainly it hasn’t rusted away. Some mild customization was done by the seller — the taillights and fake vent on the roof are Impala units, and the interior was upholstered in a Bel Air/Impala mashup with an Impala steering wheel. I love the detailing on these cars, one of the few Chrysler products I’d want to call my own. Uncle Tom McCahill switched from Lincolns to Imperials in the late ’50’s and that’s all he pretty much drove (Imperials) from then on. When I was dealing with them in the 70s, Enlisted personnel got red stickers and Officers got blue. From the back end, it’s hard to tell it’s been crashed. For example, a friend has a very nice 1995 Cadillac Seville kept in exquisite shape and the Northstar engine has never given him trouble. Lincolns and Imperials are nice cars.. Imperials by Humber were all coach built by Thrupp Maberly which is the ultimate in luxury, Chryslers version not so much. I think Elwood Engel’s real Imp influence is the ’64 to ’66’s . At least this one may find a home. Proof of the latter is the miniscule numbers of convertibles built each year, absolutely money-losers, essentially factory custom-builds. I grabbed the wheelcovers off of it & noticed a large gap between the lip of the cover and the wheel rim. If the Imperial wheel covers are in good condition, I would be interested in buying them from you. The car was spotted by the seller on a farm in northwest Indiana. My all-time favorite Imperials are the ’67s though, especially with “IMPERIAL” spelled out across the grille. His was gold but the color was changed from red at the factory. The vehicle runs great and is mainly used for weekend drives. Not a good car to have a fender-bender in, eh? Technowiz options, standard, just ain’t the same thing. Best fuel economy at 75-80 mph and would cruise at well over triple digits effortlessly with more pedal to go. Although Chrysler had hired him away from Ford in 1961, on the heels of the success of his well-regarded 1961 Lincoln Continental, Engel would not be able to fully realize his vision for Chrysler/Imperial until 1964. . I’m pretty sure the suicide-door Lincolns also had “seamless” front clips. Sure, there are typical electrical bugaboos and difficulty in locating parts, but how can you go wrong with a 413/TorqueFlite? Just an opinion though, not trying to harsh your buzz. (Recall that the Impala was still on the ancient W body.). But that bumper sticker-ette hints at a completely different past. That said, I love them all. The other day over on TTAC, a question was asked about what “Premium” meant. Certainly…and the classy buyer would also opt for the foot switch-operated tuner. I’ve read it cover to cover and there is no mention of the assassination! Set an alert to be notified of new listings. Exner . 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