Lot Number

1962 Imperial Crown Convertible

Sold For $63,250

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 11 - 12 OCTOBER 2012

Chassis No.

340 bhp, 413 cu. in. ‘Wedgehead’ V-8 engine, TorqueFlite push-button automatic transmission, torsion bar front and rear leaf spring suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 129 in.

• One of only 554 Crown convertibles produced in 1962

• Impressively equipped

• A paragon of Virgil Exner's “Jet Age” Forward Look design

In 1955, Chrysler took the bold decision to make its top-of-the-line model—the Imperial—a separate division unto itself, presaging Lincoln’s introduction of its exclusive Continental. In 1957, the Imperial, along with the rest of Chrysler’s lineup, was launched with the advanced new designs inspired by Virgil Exner’s “Forward Look.” Being the top-of-the-line offering, the Imperial was at the peak of Exner’s vision for luxury and style.

By 1961, the elaborately styled and expensive Imperial registered sales that were a fraction of those enjoyed by the Lincoln Continental. It became clear that in order to remain relevant, a substantial new statement was going to be needed. The division doubled down and brought the Forward Look to its penultimate form. Graced with design features that famously include the ‘standing pod’ headlights and ‘gunsight/flashlight’ tail lights, along with the obligator TorqueFlite push-button automatic transmission and rectangular steering wheel, it has become the choice of connoisseurs among the 1960s Imperials. Despite this renewed injection of panache, the Imperial as a brand continued to fade, making these striking automobiles very rare today, especially in their most coveted convertible form, since a mere 554 were built in 1962.

This stunning example, which was enthusiast owned for the past 12 years, benefited from a superb restoration prior to purchase. Elegant in black, with a matching black convertible top and a contrasting burgundy leather interior and top boot, it features virtually every power command available, including power steering, power brakes, power door and vent windows, a power top, an Autronic Eye, and its original radio. All accessories are in working order, with the exception of the clock. A consistent First in Class award winner at numerous California Imperial Club meets and regional concours, it has had a more recent power steering box rebuild and transmission seal replacement. It is ready for top-down cruising, club shows, and all manner of MoPar events.

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