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Make / Model: Chrysler / Imperial
Title Status: 8691
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Year: 1957
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Engine: - Transmission: -
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Price: $0.00
Location: Monterey,CA
Seller’s Email: consignments@russoandsteele.com
Seller’s Phone: 602 252 2697
Seller Type: Auction

Condition & Features

Vehicle to be offered WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 18 – 20th, at Russo and Steele\’s 11th Annual \”Sports & Muscle at The Marriott\” in Downtown Monterey, California. Please contact us for more information. Imperial was the Chrysler Corporation\’s luxury automobile brand between 1955 and 1975, with a brief reappearance in 1981 to 1983. The Imperial name had been used since 1926, but was never a separate make, just the top-of-the-line Chrysler. In 1955, the company decided to spin it off as its own make and division to better compete with its rivals, Lincoln and Cadillac. Imperial would see new body styles introduced every two to three years, all with V8 engines and automatic transmissions, as well as technologies that would filter down to Chrysler corporation\’s other models. For the 1957 model year, the Imperial received its own platform, setting it apart from any other division of Chrysler. This would last through the 1966 model year. Imperials during this period were substantially wider, both inside and out, than other Mopars with front and rear shoulder room equal to 64.0 inches and 62.0 inches respectively. The front seat shoulder room measurement remains an unsurpassed record for Imperial and would remain the record for any car until the 1971-1976 GM full-size models. Exterior width reached a maximum of 81.7 inches (2,075 mm) during 1961-1963, which remains the record for widest American car till this day. After Lincoln downsized in 1961 this generation of Imperial had no real near competitors for the title of largest car for the remainder of its decade long lifespan. One distinct advantage of Imperials of this vintage was their strength; their crashworthiness got them banned from most demolition derbies for being too hard to beat. Unlike the rest of the Chrysler Corporation makes (Plymouth, De Soto, Chrysler, and Dodge), that went to unibody construction in 1960, the Imperial retained separate full perimeter frames for rigidi






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