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Snotty

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« Reply #30 on: September 19, 2011, 09:48:32 AM »

As is the case in a lot of discussions, there's a whole lot of confusion out there. 
 
The most recent issue of Collector Automobile has the Imperial Crown as its featured car.  One owner-car that is highlighted is a '68 ragtop.  The owner pointed out that it is the last of the body-on-frame cars.  The earlier article in the magazine highlighting all of the Crowns also stated that the the Crown became a unibody in '69.  I have not followed up in the books I have to see whether this is correct or not, but I do assume the writers of the articles did their homework.
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« Reply #31 on: September 21, 2011, 07:27:44 PM »

Looking at the parts book, I think the magazine is wrong on this one.  The '67 Imperial has a different part number for the subframe than the Chryslers, but the floorpans, rockers, and rear frame rails all match up.
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« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2011, 08:58:06 PM »



That is correct Dan. . . It has a bunch of extra brackets on it.  The nose is longer
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« Reply #33 on: September 22, 2011, 03:44:26 AM »



The magazine is wrong!  It was in Hemmings Classic Car, not
Collectible Automobile,  and that mag is riddled with errors on a
regular basis. I personally know the guy, Perry
Griffith,  that owns the gold '68 Imp on the front cover of that
issue.  In fact that car used to be housed in my garage! 
I bought the house from his father Ken, who was my uncle's best friend.
The last full-frame Imp was 1966. It's a totally different car than a
'67.  Also the car had been referred
to as Chrysler Imperial since the 1930s, but it became a separate make
in 1955. Reference: "Chrysler & Imperial: The Postwar Years" by
Richard Langworth, one of America's best auto historians.



Please read the link that Bobby provided, it interviews ex-Chrysler
guys who state that the actual body shell, minus the front clip sheet
metal
and subframe, is identical for Imp and Chrysler. For 1960-66, the Imp
was the only full size Mopar with a full frame, and those years might
be considered a "D"body  for that reason, even though internally
that designation was not used, but clearly the 67-on models were a
modified C body, in ways described previously.


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« Reply #34 on: September 22, 2011, 06:45:35 AM »

Greetings

ChryCorp registered the Imperial as a separate division in 1955, and it continued as such under the end of the 1968 model year. As noted above, it became the "Imperial by Chrysler " in 1969. Interesting as the body code, 'D' started in 1964 prior to generally used platform designations A, B, C, E etc in the 1965 on years.

Chrysler has never seemed to know what to do with Imperial. It has been treated like a bastard child.

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« Reply #35 on: September 22, 2011, 08:21:29 AM »

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Yes, but I would still love to own one - a '65 or 6 specifically.
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« Reply #36 on: September 22, 2011, 03:07:11 PM »

A 65 or 66 Imp 'vert would be the ultimate, I've always wanted one.
They put a Cad or Linc of the era to shame... imo the finest luxury car
in the world at that time. 

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« Reply #37 on: September 22, 2011, 04:58:01 PM »

I'm partial to the '61 and '62 Imperials myself. 
 
However I was looking at a '61 at a show the other day, and I can't imagine having to reach across those huge fenders to get into the relatively small hood openning.  Even checking the oil looks like a pain, let alone any actual work.
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« Reply #38 on: September 24, 2011, 04:11:34 PM »

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A 65 or 66 Imp 'vert would be the ultimate, I've always wanted one. They put a Cad or Linc of the era to shame... imo the finest luxury car in the world at that time. 


 
Must admit, I would like a '65-6 Cad 'vert too.  I drove one  - with the top down - when I was 16 and still remember it!  It was my Dad's Boss's car and his wife tossed me the keys!  I was OFF!!!!
 
I look at their prices all the time.  At this time a '65-6 Imps can be had cheaper in the ragtops, but hardtops and sedan Imps go for more than similar Cads.  It's a real shame that neither get anywhere near the money an E Body, GTO, or a Camero will get, for, as you said, they are far better cars!
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« Reply #39 on: September 24, 2011, 08:10:03 PM »

Gotta love the '55-57 and '60-62 Caddy, too, the '56 was the smoothest riding car I have ever been in (Coupe de Ville). Kind of loved the '62 Caddy Hearse. Drove that for over a year, towed a 24ft trailer from Washington state to Palm Springs. Speedo went out on it after going through the mountians, Dad was driving a '75 Spitfire, next gas station he asked me to slow down a little bit, I was cruising at 90mph and he really didn't feel like driving that fast following me in the Triumph.
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« Reply #40 on: September 24, 2011, 08:54:02 PM »



So don't park a gun turret on the gas pedal and pretend it's cruise control
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