The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Chrysler Imperial. We make the process of selling your Chrysler Imperial quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Imperial name was used by Chrysler since 1926. In 1954, in order to compete with luxury US brands such as Cadillac, Lincoln, and Packard, the Imperial name got a big promotion, to its own sub-brand, known as the Imperial Division of Chrysler Corporation. 1955 saw the first Chrysler Imperial car produced under this new designation.
The Imperial name survived until the 1980s, but the cars that are sought after by collectors and car enthusiasts are those from the 1950s and ‘60s through the early ’70s. There was intentions to spin the Imperial name off into an entirely separate brand. It had its own unique badging, but it never lost its intimate connection with the Chrysler name.
The ’50s cars had long sleek bodies with rounded body panels. They had a split eggcrate grill that came from the Chrysler 300 hot rod. They were also admired for their gunsight taillights that sat perched above the back fin.
The early cars were powered by the “FirePower” V8 engine, which was Chrysler’s first Hemi with a displacement of 331 cu in (5.4 L) and producing 250 horsepower (186 kW). Power brakes and power steering were standard, along with Chrysler’s “PowerFlite” automatic transmission. Soon that was joined by a choice of a 354 cu in (5.8 L) Hemi head V8 engine.