[18] The base-level model was canceled after only one year and the four-door sedan became part of the Crown level of trim. The car figured prominently in her various duties as First Lady. Even the rim’s bolt pattern (5 on 5.5) fit no other Chrysler car. $11.03: $0.00: $11.03: Alternate: Quantity: Add to Cart. STAMPED EMBOSSED CHRYSLER GM DATA PLATE VIN ID CAR TRUCK TAG FRAME CHASSIS BODY (Fits: 1966 Chrysler Imperial) Brand New. Two "C-69" models were available, including the two-door Newport hardtop coupe (3,418 built) and pillared four-door sedan (7,840 built), along with an additional "C-70" Crown limousine model (172 built). This was the final year for the platform which had been used since 1957. Even the 67-73 Imperials had a different wheel/bolt pattern and wheelbase from their lesser New Yorker brethren . Curved side glass was employed for the first time in a U.S. production car. Torsion-bar suspension on the front combined with multi-leaf springs on the rear provided a smoother ride and improved handling. Had a 1965 1 owner Imp convert that I bought on a three car only deal…all Chrysler’s….even running and cleaned up it was a hard sell in the 90’s….think I took $1400 with title and certificard…. "But on the product front, the influence of Tex Colbert (ousted President of Chrysler in 1961) and Virgil Exner was still present, and it wouldn't be entirely washed away until 1965".[20]. Instead of the square lines of 1964-1968 models, the new Imperials featured rounded "tumblehome" sides, bulging at the beltline, and tucking in down to the rocker panels. Imperial's "floating cushion" velour seats were replaced with ones of Kimberly velvet one-piece construction. Dodge (Argentina) Dodge (Brazil) Dodge (South Africa) Dodge (Spain) Dodge (USA) Eagle. One major option on the 1955 and 1956 Imperials was air conditioning, at a cost of $535. Also new was the front bumper, which was impact-absorbing.[30]. The concept originated with the 1966 Mobile Executive Show Car that was an Imperial Coupe fitted with a telephone, Dictaphone, writing table, typewriter, television, reading lamp, and stereo. Yes, quite the Majestic Cruiser, in its day, sure hope it gets another chance for more days in the sun…, I would have loved the opportunity to ride in one of these when new…. The original 440 V-8 is still in place, along with the air conditioning unit, although the seller isn’t going to see if the engine is free. In keeping with the times, the look was sleeker, with a reduced, more subtle level of trim. A base Imperial model, simply called Imperial, returned for the first time since 1963, complementing the Crown and LeBaron levels of trim. Outside of the 440/727 power-train on this 1966 Imperial Crown, you will not find so much as a lug nut or dash knob that fits another Chrysler product. New York governor and heir to the Standard Oil fortune Nelson Rockefeller, later Vice President of the U.S. during the term of President Gerald Ford, also owned a 1960 Imperial Crown. The design of the 1960–1963 period had elicited some controversy. Because of its high level of standard equipment there were virtually no options other than a cost-free choice of wheels (color-coordinated 'snowflake' cast-aluminum wheels or steel wire wheel covers), upholstery choice (Mark Cross leather or Yorkshire cloth), sound systems choice, 40-band CB radio,[42] power moonroof, and the Frank Sinatra Edition package. The platform and bodyshell were shared with that year's big Quantity: 1 per Pack. But the car would have Limbaugh's unique new "waterfall" grille design which featured thin vertical chrome bars, separated by a body-colored band running through the center, and which started on top of the nose and flowed down. In other respects, however, little had changed; construction was still unibody, the wheelbase was still stretched 3.0 in (76 mm) longer than a Chrysler's in front of the passenger section, the engine and transmission were the same, and the torsion bar front suspension was still used. While Imperial's front K member was 3.0 inches (76 mm) longer than a Chrysler's, dimensions behind the front fenders were similar. It was the first four-door pillared Imperial sedan since 1960. New standard features included dual brakes with upfront discs and lane-change blinkers. eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'barnfinds_com-box-3','ezslot_18',143,'0','0'])); The seller of this rare (514 made) 1966 Chrysler Imperial convertible makes sure they don’t overpromise and underdeliver by making the statement, “Please don’t ask what works and what doesn’t, because I’m sure none of it works.” The car has an interesting history, including original ownership in Atlanta and then spending the last 40 years in a barn in Florida. Click here to get it featured on the homepage instead. Description for Chrysler Imperial 1966: This 1966 Imperial Crown Convertible For Sale has a 440c.i. It was shared with contemporary Mopars, including the Valiant. It's a great automobile.[23]. [44] The Imperial's electronic information center was manufactured at Chrysler's Huntsville, Alabama Electronics Division which was also a prime contractor in America's Redstone and Saturn Apollo space programs. To management's disappointment, Imperial had never really established itself as a separate make, and most people still referred to it as a "Chrysler Imperial." It was posh … The economic component was that the switch to the C-body was less expensive than maintaining a separate platform for Imperial, which was increasingly difficult to justify given Imperial's relatively low sales volume. The practically full-width taillights spread out from it, straight, but ended before chrome-tipped rear wings. Imperial to Chrysler is like Dart to Dodge. The Imperial fs was a rare example of automotive history, as it was one of only a handful of regular production cars bearing a celebrity's name. generation (1957-1966) the Imperial sat on its own unique (unshared with plebeian Chrysler offerings) body-on-frame platform, featuring a stylish wrap-around windscreen and more steel than an Sherman Tank. 15 results per page. A black Imperial of this year would also be restored as a wedding anniversary gift for Richard "The Old Man" Harrison who used to be on the History Channel show, Pawn Stars. All later Imperials were once again built in the same Jefferson Avenue facilities in Detroit as Chryslers, as sales were insufficient to maintain a separate facility. Browse Category. A total of 172 were built for (model year) 1955, with 226 for 1956. All 1961 Imperial Crown Ghias used the 1960 styling front and rear, for example, and all 10 Ghia built Imperial Crowns sold during the 1965 model year were 1964s with 1965 exterior styling and consequently had pushbutton gearshifts. 1973 VW Beetle Convertible. [61], The first 1981 Imperial rolled off the assembly line on August 11, 1980. We don't sell any brochures on this site. Get the best deals on Vintage and Classic Parts for 1966 Chrysler 300 when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. Also this year, Imperial was the basis for "The Black Beauty," a rolling arsenal on the ABC-TV series The Green Hornet, starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee. Yes, the Imperial was indeed a separate make produced by Chrysler from 1955 to roughly 1975, even though it was a Chrysler Imperial from 1926 through 1954. 1966 Chrysler Imperial for Sale. McCahill observed in 1964: This is what I told them in California. Imperial war die Prestigemarke des US-amerikanischen Automobilkonzerns Chrysler.Bereits vor und kurz nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg war der Name Imperial als Modellbezeichnung für die teuersten Baureihen Chryslers verwendet worden. There was a 1966 LeBaron that was presented to Pope Paul VI at the UN in New York for his use. The driveshaft passed through a hole in the "X" frame. also states, "When he was good, he was very good ( re: styling). At the rear, the horizontal bars over the taillights remained, but the gas filler door pull was changed to a cast metal eagle instead of a round knob containing a plastic emblem. The sheetmetal was completely new for the 1972 model year, although the styling was an evolution of the previous fuselage style. Imperials during this period were substantially wider, both inside and out, than other Mopars, with front and rear shoulder room equal to 64.0 in (1,626 mm) and 62.0 in (1,575 mm) respectively. A wide chrome strip was added at the rocker panels, vinyl side trim was made optional, and (for this year only) the fender skirts were gone. In 1966 this vehicle was an “Imperial” nothing to do with Chrysler at all!!!!! All Chrysler products adopted Unibody construction starting in 1960; not Imperial, which retained separate frame construction through 1966. The engine was swapped for Chrysler’s new 440 CID V8 that produced 350 bhp. Automotive Sales. All subsequent years through 1966 used this same basic platform with annual changes to the body sheetmetal. ; 7) Fuel-Present. Competing models such as the Cadillac Eldorado and the Continental Mark VI had been downsized by 1981, so the Imperial was of comparable size to its competitors with a roughly $20,000 price tag. He may just have a spare front clip for sale. By the way, if the guy is still around, in Moline, IL is an owner of about 20 Imperials from 1965-1970. For the first time, the lights were hidden behind doors, giving a fashionable at the time full-width grille look using "loop" bumpers. In addition, each Imperial came with a Cartier crystal key in the Mark Cross Gift Set. They were vastly different through 66. Inside, 16 cassette tapes of Sinatra titles were presented in a specially made Mark Cross leather case. An oddity is that these cars were often built as soon as the styling changed, and sold over a period of some years. Der Imperial Crown war eine Baureihe der zum Chrysler-Konzern gehörenden US-amerikanischen Automobilmarke Imperial. For 1971, the Imperial Eagle at the front of the hood was gone, replaced by the word IMPERIAL; the decklid badge said, for the first time, "IMPERIAL by Chrysler". Even the 67-73 Imperials … Sales were helped by Exner's "ahead of the competition" styling, with 1957 becoming the best-selling Imperial model year ever: 37,593 were produced, but Cadillac by contrast sold over 120,000 cars in 1957. 10,268 were produced. From Netherlands. A marketing effort for the new model included commercials and magazine ads featuring singer Frank Sinatra, a personal friend of Iacocca whom Sinatra jokingly referred to as "the other chairman of the board. His successor was Elwood Engel, lured away from Ford to lead Chrysler Corporation along a more conventional path. A total of 11,569 1971 Imperials were produced. The curved side glass, which had been pioneered in America by Imperial for its 1957 model, had a much tighter radius, while the increased curvature of the bodysides permitted the window frames to be moved outboard at their bases, resulting in an increase in shoulder room without an increase in overall body width compared to the previous C-body. Mosinee, WI. You want to run that by us “Chrysler” guys again? These cars got the 413 engine for 1960. It had innovations such as the fuel injection system and electronic instrument cluster, and Chrysler tried to use it as a showcase for technology and quality. After an underbody fluid-leak inspection utilizing a high-pressure water spray, the car was checked for front-end alignment and given a 5.5-mile road test over a special track that included various types of terrain. Chrysler Imperial 440 C.I. Chrysler also used the reversed front seat idea in the 300X show car. Both cars were used as late as 1981, and carried Ronald Reagan and his staff to Capitol Hill for his Presidential Swearing-in ceremony in January 1981. 1962 production totaled 14,337. They closed out the Imperial Custom /Imperial Crown tradition in fine style. ; 8) Fuel-Trip. This was also the last year for the separate body-on-frame construction (the basic frame dated from 1957). The traditional Imperial eagle logo was not used as it had been moved to the Chrysler LeBaron model in 1977. The Imperial-based cars were used in competition as it was determined to be far more aerodynamic (and capable of higher speeds) than the Dodge Mirada at the time. Gunsight taillights were also known as "sparrow-strainer" taillights, named after the device used to keep birds out of jet-engines. Imperial LeBarons now featured a distinctive smaller "formal rear window" for greater rear-seat privacy. Price: Alternate: No parts for vehicles in selected markets. [46][47] Unfortunately the fuel injection system proved troublesome and many 1981 models were retrofitted under warranty (or later on owner initiative) with carburetors.[43][48]. Classic 1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown for sale #2443836 $13,950. To reduce development and tooling costs, and bring overall expenditures more in line with actual sales, Imperial began to share some of its bodyshell with Chrysler for the first time since 1956. $250,000 and Up; Antiques / Pre-War; AutoHunter Auctions; Convertibles; Future Classics; Motorcycles; Muscle Cars; Newest Listings ; Trucks; Under $5,000; Browse by Year. "[citation needed] This source[which?] RULES: No profanity, politics, or personal attacks. The 1961 model year brought a wholly new front end with free-standing headlights on short stalks in cut-away front Chrysler sought to market the Imperial models (Custom, Crown, and LeBaron) to compete more effectively with luxury makes Cadillac and Lincoln. New "Quartz-Lock" electronically tuned radios (ETR) were added to the options list while the power moonroof was no longer available. Justifying the price differential over the full-size Chrysler had become increasingly hard to do as the cars became more and more similar over the years to save costs, and in turn, the costs of maintaining and marketing a separate, poorly selling marque were possibly just too high. The earlier models used two-door hardtop bodies mounted on the more rigid convertible chassis; these would be shipped across the Atlantic, cut apart, lengthened by 20.5 inches (521 mm) and reworked. After Lincoln downsized for 1961, this generation of Imperial had no real competitor for the title of largest car for the remainder of its decade-long lifespan. There’s no separation of the two. • Early access to every find Gone were the fins and chrome of the 1963 model, and new were slab sides, razor-edged lines, and subtle trim highlights reminiscent of the 1961 Lincoln Continental. The 1974 Imperial was the first regular American passenger car to offer 4-wheel disc brakes since the 1949–1954 Chrysler Imperials, the 1950–1952 Crosleys and the Chevrolet Corvettes that started featuring them in 1965. RH and LH front engine mounts and (1) new transmission mount for all 1962-66 Imperial "Floating Power" Engine & Transmission Mount Set for 1963-1964 Dodge 880 - Chrysler Our Price: $683.00 . Chrysler (Australia) Chrysler (Brazil) Chrysler (France) Chrysler (South Africa) Chrysler (USA) DeSoto. Many assume this was for safety reasons, although the specific reason is not clearly documented. C $53.62. Engel's design themes at Chrysler were a major departure from the fins of Virgil Exner, and instead featured a more familiar three-box design, but with more extreme rectilinear styling. [7][8] Classifieds for 1964 to 1966 Chrysler Imperial. Inside, the Imperial gained an improved dash layout with an upright rectangular bank of gauges. These were the official Imperial Crown models. Starting in the 1957 model year, Imperials were available in three levels of trim: standard Imperial Custom, mid-range Imperial Crown, and the new top-of-the-line Imperial LeBaron [18] (a reference to LeBaron, Carrossiers). [18] Through the late 1950s and into the early 1960s styling would continue to become "Longer, Lower, Wider", with the addition of some of the wildest fins on a car. Set an alert to be notified of new listings. In fact, front and rear shoulder room increased from 59.4 in (1,509 mm) to 62.7 in (1,593 mm) on 4-door hardtops. I’ll bet this was magnificent to cruise in when new and I hope someone will return it to it’s former glory! The Hemi V8 was enlarged to 354 cu in (5.8 L) with 280 brake horsepower (209 kW), and a four-door Southampton hardtop sedan was added to the range. With an extra 19.5 in (500 mm) and 16.5 in (420 mm) of wheelbase in 1955 and 1956 respectively, and seating eight (three in the front including the driver, three in the rear, and two on rearward-facing fold-down jump seats), these replaced the long-wheelbase offerings in all Chrysler marques. Chrysler Imperial 1966, Front Non-Adjustable Upper Thread-In Ball Joint by Omniparts®. It was developed and produced by Chrysler and Philco and was a $150.00 "option" on the 1956 Imperial car models. 14 photos. Imperial again finished ahead of Lincoln, but never did so again. The few Ghia-built 1959 Imperial Crown limousines continued to use the 392 cubic-inch Hemi, due to slow production. Other than a toothy new grill and revisions to side trim little changed in terms of exterior styling for the 1959 model year. The glass headlight covers lost the etched lines but gained twin 24k gold bands around the perimeter. At that time, Exner was increasingly struggling with the Chrysler president and board. "[citation needed] Exner's son went on further, in a 1976 interview, "it was time for a change. 1963 models were the last Virgil Exner–styled Imperials, however Elwood Engel began applying some of his own touches to them, especially in the form of the redesigned base and Crown roofs. Exterior width reached a maximum of 81.7 in (2,075 mm) for 1961–1963, which remains the record for the widest non-limousine American car. The "Fuselage Look" was how Chrysler described its new styling for 1969. The option was canceled at the end of the 1968 model year. With the partnership gone between Ghia and Chrysler, limousines based on the Imperial were produced by Armbruster-Stageway of Fort Smith Arkansas. Classiccarsforsalenewyork. 3) , model year 1966, version for North America U.S. (up to September) manufactured by Imperial in United States ; 4-door sedan body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), automatic 3 … The custom-built Imperial Crown limousine was also offered. The 1981 Imperial came with a long list of standard features including air conditioning with thermostatic temperature control, electronic fuel injection, power windows, power door locks, power seats, power outside mirrors, power trunk release, tilt steering column, automatic speed control, garage door opener, and other conveniences. 1966 Chrysler Brochure; 1966 Imperial Brochure 1; 1966 Imperial Brochure 2; 1966 Imperial Comparison Folder; 1966 Imperial Comparison Slider; 1966 Imperial Quick Facts Guide; 1966 Chrysler Imperial Prestige Brochure; Images: Welcome to The Old Car Manual Project's collection of car brochures. Make: x. Chrysler. A total of 23,295 Imperials were sold, making 1964 its second-best year. This was Chrysler's 50th anniversary year and the final redesign of the full-size Imperial. Looking for the Love Shack. The hood ornament, while similar in appearance, was changed from Cartier crystal to plastic. [53][54] 271 fs edition cars were manufactured. It was the final year for the Crown series; afterward Imperial would have only two models, a LeBaron hardtop sedan and coupe. Sales were likely to remain low, as image and appearance were an important part of luxury car appeal. Imperial LeBaron 4-Door (aut. In President John F. Kennedy's funeral procession on November 25, 1963, near the front of the motorcade, carrying Jackie and her children, was her Imperial Crown. For the new Imperial, a special quality-assurance center had been built adjacent to the Windsor plant where the car was assembled. Production totaled 13,752. Standard Replacement . Cut to fit . "[37] Sinatra even recorded special songs to promote the new Imperial. The defroster was now standard. [24] As pointed out by the sales literature, 100-year-old Claro Walnut trim was added to the interior. Exner continued as a consultant through 1964, after which he had no further involvement. gives blow-by-blow accounts how Chrysler Corporation was revived through corporate changes in leadership. Share Photos of Your Car! A total of 22,083 were produced, making it Imperial's third-best ever year. Chrysler Corp went to great lengths to differentiate Imperial from anything else they produced. [21] A new option this year was an adjustable steering wheel.[22]. The only way to get it was to order the "TNT" version of the 440 engine, an option that promised more power. I made them change it back. The grille and bumper on the front of the 1960 used large pieces of heavy chrome, and the 'furrowed brows' of the fenders over the double sets of headlights gave the car a ponderous look. As a result, power windows were now standard on all Imperials. The 1972 model appeared bigger and heavier all around in comparison to the 1969-1971 models and featured a somewhat more rounded side profile without a character line down the side and chrome trim on the top seams of the fenders from the rear windows forward. *Cars manufactured in 1980 calendar year were sold as 1981 model year. currently bidding for $7,300 with a few hours to go, located in Scottsdale, AZ. He gained more freedom from Chrysler in his designs of the modern Stutz. The Imperial's ignition system was electronic, another first in the market, as was the optional burglar alarm. John, Canada. Although the vinyl top was standard, for a short time a unique paisley-patterned vinyl top in a burgundy color was available as an option on burgundy-painted cars. The tailfins were largely truncated in 1962, topped with free-standing gunsight taillights, but these were elongated and streamlined. Dad was a great designer and he was always ahead of his time. The 1966 model year saw a change to an egg-crate grille. It’s still located in Florida, in Ocala to be exact, and is offered for sale here on eBay with no-reserve bidding starting at $1,600 and a buy-it-now of $3,000. "Floating Power" Engine & Transmission Mount Set for 1962-1966 Imperial Our Price: $693.68 . Although, at 226.3 inches, the 1960 Imperials were exactly the same length as the previous year, the whole body had been shifted forward, with a 2.1 inch reduction in the rear overhang, and a corresponding increase at the front.