• Chrysler Imperial

The Chrysler Imperial was a car, the Chrysler manufactured in the model years 1926 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1954. From 1955, the Imperial of their own brand within the Chrysler Group was. From 1990 to 1993 again a Chrysler Imperial was offered as a version of the Chrysler New Yorker. Always the Imperial was the largest and most luxurious Chrysler series.

The new series of E-80 was presented with a side-valve six-cylinder in-line engine with 4719cc capacity, which developed 92hp (68 kW) at 3000 rpm. There were three wheelbases, 3048 mm, 3226 mm and 3378 mm. On the short chassis roadster, a coupe, a touring car and a 4-door sedan (each with 2-5 seats) offered on the average there was only a 4-door sedan and a 4-door Pullman limousine with each 7 seats. A another 7-seater sedan and just such a Landaulet emerged on the long chassis. Curved radiator grille surround and chrome wire wheels were equipment details were the luxurious Imperial reserved (chrome plating was a new technology in the automotive industry, it was previously only plated). 9114 cars of this type originated in 1926

The following year, the E-80 was further built under the name of series 80. There were more different bodies, some factory-built, partly by independent coachbuilders. Even in 1928 this series has been offered or without major changes, in parallel with the series 80L

Appeared in 1928 in parallel with the series 80, series 80L with extended, 3454 mm wheelbase chassis. The six-cylinder engine had 5069cc and 100hp was from (74 kW) at 3200 rpm performance. On request, there was this engine with an output of 82 kW (111hp) as "Red Head". The cars met in the appearance of series 80 alongside five factory-made bodies with 2-7 seats, there were six bodies from LeBaron, three of Dietrich and 4-seater convertible of Locke. 1962 copies were delivered with factory-made bodies, 161 pcs with bodies of the three suppliers for a total of 2123 pieces.

1929 Series 80L was as IMP L ("IMP" for Imperial, not to be confused with "Imp" = (English) for imp) continued. Changes were limited to a narrower radiator grille with an automatic radiator shutter, narrower A-pillars and safety glass. The standard engine now made 81 kW (110hp).

The following year, the now-called IMP series was further built without changes. In these two years, 2,506 cars of this type Total arisen with factory bodywork. The number of foreign karossierten vehicle is not known.

In model year 1931 appeared with the CG series, a completely new Imperial. He had a side-valve eight-cylinder in-line engine with 6306cc displacement, 125hp developed (92 kW) at 3200 rpm. The bodies were inspired by the Cord L-29 and showed a V-shaped tapered grille. The front seats and the steering column was adjustable and the car now had four-speed transmission. The chassis had a wheelbase of 3,683 mm. There were still many constructions offered with two to eight seats, some factory made, partly by independent coachbuilders such as LeBaron, Derham or Murphy. Also Drauz from Germany contributed a 2-door convertible with 5 seats at.

In the first part of the model year 1932 (July-December 1931) of the CG was offered unchanged. 3228 piece created in this one and a half years. In January 1932, the new CH Series was introduced with V-shaped windscreen, new instrument panel and sun visors inside. Only four factory-made structures (2-door roadster, 4-door sedan and 4-door convertible) were offered. The wheelbase was 3429 mm.

The parallel series made for custom karossierte vehicles (Custom Imperial) was called CL series. Your wheelbase was 3708 mm and there were bodies of LeBaron available. Also in 1933, the series was further made.

1932 were made in 1402 Imperial Series CH and 220 CL ​​Custom Imperial Series. 151 piece CL originated in 1933.

Parallel to further crafted custom model CL was the CQ series as the successor of last year’s CH. The CQ had a significantly shorter wheelbase with only 3,200 mm. Two coupe bodies, a 2-door and 4-door convertible, and a 4-door sedan were offered. The V-shaped grille was swept somewhat flatter than in the previous year and the curve of the fenders was a little further. It originated 3,838 factory-made bodies.

Successor to the Series CQ and CL were the Airflow models. See for details there.

1937 emerged the first "conventional" Imperial Custom Imperial and after the era of Airflow models. Similar to the Royal models this year had the fastback cars again perpendicular, rounded grille and freestanding headlights. The wheelbase was 3073 mm, the line eight-cylinder engine had a displacement of 4,487 cm ³ and delivered 110hp (81 kW). If desired, a more powerful version with 115hp (85 kW) was available. There were two coupes, a 2-door and 4-door convertible, as well as a 2-door and 4-door touring sedan.

The Imperial Custom Series was called C15 and rested on a chassis with a 3,556 mm wheelbase. Derham and LeBaron produced a wide variety of structures with 2-7 seats.

In addition to 14,500 Imperial emerged in this year 1200 Imperial Custom.

With a few changes, the vehicles went into model year 1938. How the Royal models they received a grille with horizontal chrome bars less. The wheelbase grew to 3,175 mm. The optional engine with higher compression made 115hp instead of this year 122hp (90 kW). The Imperial Series C19 were called and were offered with the same bodies as the previous year. New the special edition New York special was – see details there.

The Imperial Custom Series C20 and was referred to as their bodies continued to come from the (now at Chrysler incorporated) coachbuilder LeBaron and Derham.

Es entstanden 10.002 Imperial (einschl. der Sonderserie New York Special) und 530 Imperial Custom.

In 1939, the bodies has been completely redesigned. As with the Royal and the New Yorker, the headlights were now integrated into the fenders, the grille of the Imperial Series C23 had "waterfall form" (vertical, narrow chrome bars), and the split with a central bar windshield a slight V-shape. Behind the front fenders a covered spare tire was mounted on each side. The engine now had 130hp (96 kW) in the basic version and 138hp (101 kW) at elevated compression. This year, only two coupes and two were on structures – and a 4-door sedan offered. The C23 series, there was also a New Yorker and Saratoga. Of all the three models together emerged this year 12,001 pieces.

The Imperial Custom Series C24 was also new clothes. He also had the headlights integrated into the front fenders, but was already equipped with a rear-hinged hood Alligator. Its grille consisted of five massive chrome bars across the entire width of the vehicle. The cars had a one-piece windshield and the spare wheel was housed in the trunk. The motor of the basic equipment made with 132hp (97 kW) slightly more than the Imperial. 307 copies with factory bodies and those of Derham were delivered this year.

1940 was offered on an extended chassis with a 3,632 mm wheelbase only the Imperial Crown. The unchanged engine delivered 132hp as standard (97 kW), on demand in higher condensed form but also 143hp (105 kW). The body shapes from the previous year have been adopted with minor changes. It is a 6-seater sedan, an 8-seater sedan and an 8-seater Pullman limousine were offered, all with four doors. A single Parade Phaeton, also with 6 Seats and 4 doors, was also built.

A total of 850 Imperial Crown was established in 1940.

From the Imperial Crown, there were within the series C30, the models Highlander, New York and Saratoga originated from, only one Body on chassis with 3239 mm wheelbase: a 4-door sedan with 6 seats. Its engine with unchanged 5301cc 137hp made (101 kW) or on request 140hp (103 kW). It emerged 894 vehicles.

In addition, the C33 series was offered, from which it could be bought on a chassis with a 3696 mm wheelbase, the three bodies of the previous year. Only the 140hp engine was installed in this car. 701 of these vehicles were built.

The Series C30 and C33 were similar in appearance to the series C27 of the previous year.

1942 was just revised this look again: the horizontal bars of the grille attracted not only over the entire width of the car, but also around the corners to the front wheel arches. At the rear, the pattern was repeated with five chrome-plated trim. The series was the successor of the C37 C33 with 140hp engine and is available in three versions known. In addition, the emergence of three individual pieces of Derham, including a four-door convertible. A total of 450 C37 were prepared.

Already in 1946 were once again created the series C40 Crown Imperial models. The cars were essentially pre-war series C37, which showed the grille so typical of the first post-war Chrysler egg carton shape (small chromed rectangles). The same 5.3-liter engine produced 135hp (99 kW) and there was only one body style, a four-door Pullman limousine with 8 seats. However, to pre-war chassis still some special designs created by Derham. A semi-automatic (preset transmission with automatic clutch fluid) was now standard equipment.

Also, 1947 and 1948, this series has been further built unchanged. Another Body came to a normal sedan. Total in 3 years 750 Pullman limousines and sedans 650 originated.

In 1949 the bodies were slightly revised. For the first time since 1939 there was again a normal Imperial, who received the serial number C46-2. Its construction was again identical with the New Yorker. The chassis had a wheelbase of 3340 mm. The only body style was the 4-door sedan with 6 seats, from this year, 50 were built.

In addition, also became the Imperial Crown (C47 series) continue to be offered, with a wheelbase of 3696 mm unchanged as 8-seater sedan or 8-seater Pullman limousine. It emerged 40 sedans and 45 Pullman saloons.

1950, there were again only a few changes (such as additional running lights on the front corners of the vehicle). The Imperial was C49N series, the Crown Imperial Series C50. The bodies remain just the same as the technique. However emerged 80 times as many cars as last year (!): 10650 414 Imperial and Crown Imperial.

The model year 1951, the move away from the previously used side-valve eight-cylinder in-line engine. The above-controlled V8 engine had 5426cc and gave 180hp (132 kW) from. The revised bodywork turned out flat and showed a fish-mouth grille with three horizontal chrome bars. The hatchback shape had changed for the Saloon. Four bodies were offered by the Imperial Series C54: A 4-door sedan, a 2-door coupe, a 2-door hardtop coupe and a 2-door convertible, all with 6 places. The hardtop coupe was nicknamed Newport.

The Crown Imperial was named this year series C53 and were built in the known 8-seater versions.

In 1952 there were hardly any visible changes, including the serial numbers remained the same. Only the convertible was no longer offered. In the two years came exactly 27.000 and 698 Imperial Crown Imperial.

The successor of the Imperial Series C54 was 1953 Custom Imperial Series C58. During the two-door hardtop coupe retained the wheelbase of 3340 mm, the growth in the 4-door sedan and the new 4-door Pullman limousine to 3391 mm. Otherwise, the changes were hardly noticeable.

Also, the Crown Imperial was further built without major changes as a series C59.

This year came 8859 Custom Imperial and 159 Crown Imperial.

Again, the bodies have been revised. The fish’s mouth mutated by installing chrome teeth on the mean chromium rod for shark’s mouth and to the C-pillars, a backswing the window line, and later with BMW as the Hofmeister kink was known. The split windscreen was replaced by a one-piece. The engine had risen at the same cubic capacity through the use of a Carter-quad carburetor much power and was now 235hp (173 kW) from.

Custom Imperial (Series C64) and Crown Imperial (C66 series) was available with the same structures as in the previous year. 5658 Custom Imperial were delivered and 100 Crown Imperial.

In the following year the Imperial for separate brand in the Chrysler Group was.

In the years 1990-1993 Chrysler produced again models with the name Chrysler Imperial to competing models such as the Cadillac Seville and the Lincoln Continental to oppose its own model.

The date last Imperial model was 1990-1993 a luxury version of the former Chrysler New Yorker with front-wheel drive, initially a 3.3-liter V6, which was replaced from 1991 by a slightly stronger 3.8-liter V6, and features details such as, inter alia, Speichenradkappen, pop-up headlamps and vinyl roof. In four years, ran 37,500 copies of this model from the tape.

On the Chrysler LX platform in 2006 was a concept car with a 3124 mm wheelbase, which was introduced at the North American International Auto Show. It should include the conceptual line of luxury vehicles from Chrysler at an affordable price again.

In July 2007, Chrysler gave the plans for such a vehicle again, as it would not comply with the new U.S. standards in terms of fuel consumption.

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