Yet another great example of US Automotive history has been added to TrueWest Import’s Inventory.
This latest vehicle is a 1964 Imperial Crown 4 door hardtop.
The Chrysler Corporation’s Imperial line finally entered the 1960s proper with the car’s 1964 redesign, courtesy of Elwood Engel (who was Chrysler Corporation’s design chief from 1961 until 1974). At Chrysler, Engel replaced chief stylist Virgil Exner, who had designed the successful “Forward Look” models of the latter 1950s and who was also responsible for the era of large tail fins.
Gone were the fins and chrome of the 1963 Imperial model, and new were slab sides, razor-edged lines, and subtle trim highlights reminiscent of Engel’s 1961 Lincoln Continental design from his last years with the Ford Corporation. The 1964 Imperials had a stylized “tin spare” built into the trunk line, a boxy roofline, and a broad C-pillar. As a result, 1964 sales jumped 65%, to 23,285.
The Imperial was divided into the Crown (two- and four-door hardtop, and a convertible) and the Lebaron (four-door hardtop). All Imperials rode on a 129-inch wheelbase and were powered by the 340-hp, 413-cid V-8.
The 2nd Owner of this magnificent example of the 1965 Imperial Crown 4 door model has always kept it garaged and maintained and is reluctantly selling this vehicle after many years of trouble free enjoyable driving.
- Exterior: The Imperial Crown’s exterior has the original Rosewood main body colour with a White roof and is in excellent condition, with only a very few small chips. The chrome is also in excellent condition. There are no dents to be seen and the undercarriage is very good with only minor surface rust to be seen. The original wheel hubs are still with the vehicle. The large boss in the centre of the rear bumper is actually the fuel filler door, covered with a large Imperial Eagle, with chromed bars going outward that terminated in the taillights.
- Interior: The interior is also in excellent. The leather Rosewood Trim on the Door Panels compliments the matching fabric coloured seats which have white piping and is in excellent condition with no rips or scratches. Normal wear for a vehicle of its age is apparent. All factory power accessories are in excellent working order. In 1964, Chrysler ensured the Imperial line one of the top luxury automobiles of their time and were fully loaded with, what were previously accessories, factory standardPower Windows – which have new motors, Power Wing Quarter Windows, Dual air-conditioning, auto headlight dimmer, AM/FM radio and even cruise control which are all still in excellent working condition. A Sentry Signal on the instrument panel informs the driver to check the gauges for something amiss; and the instrument panel itself is a statement to simplicity and elegance in design. Chrysler saw to it that the Imperial passenger would be properly pampered. Courtesy lights were placed in the door pulls to light the way in and out of the car, and thick foam padded front and rear seats with centre fold down arm rests made long trips a breeze,
- Driveline: The factory 413 cu.in (6.8L), 340 HP (250kW), “Wedgehead” V8 runs very well, with good power and a silky smooth ride. It has the original 3 speed TorqueFlite push button automatic transmission that shifts smoothly through the gears. The Power Steering makes driving this beautiful vehicle a breeze and the original front and rear drum brakes stop the Imperial in its tracks when needed.
If you follow the big Imperials you will find rampant appreciation, even for the 4 door cars. And since Cadillac sold 10 cars for every Imperial Chrysler sold there are far fewer of them left. So get yours now!
Big, stylish and well appointed, the Imperial Crowns of the 1960s were the ultimate drivers’ luxury car.
TrueWest Imports has this great vehicle listed for US$13,900 ono
There are many more photographs of this wonderful vehicle available on request.
The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost to have this old beauty imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.
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