One of the most-over-the-top designs of the early 1960s was that of the 1962 Chrysler Imperial, mostly because of the pod-style headlamps and gunsight taillights that stood starkly separate from the body.
The unique headlight treatment lasted for three years, 1961-63, but the equally unique rear lights were produced just for 1962. Other than the exterior lighting, though, the Chrysler Imperial was a somewhat toned-down rendition, compared with the excesses of the late ’50s, in keeping with more-subdued contemporary luxury-car designs from Cadillac and Lincoln.
The Pick of the Day is an attractively restored 1962 Chrysler Imperial Crown convertible, one of just 554 produced and among fewer than 50 known to survive.
“Among the last expressions of famed stylist Virgil Exner’s designs for Chrysler Corporation, the updated 1962 Imperial Crown models maintained a sense of classical elegance with more restrained tailfins, a split front grille, freestanding pod-style headlamps, gunsight taillamps and less-ornate exterior trim,” according to the dealer advertising the Imperial on ClassicCars.com.
“In contrast, interiors were modern, almost futuristic, with pushbutton dash controls for the TorqueFlite automatic transmission and electroluminescent instrument display system.”
Despite their generous proportions, these cars were known for their V8 performance and good handling via a well-engineered torsion-bar suspension.
“Chrysler’s renowned 413 CI V8 engine was the sole power choice for Imperials from 1959 through 1965, delivering a factory rating of 340 HP for 1962 and capable of moving America’s largest luxury car that year with remarkable authority,” the ad says.
Finished in deep Embassy Red with a white top and white-leather interior with red piping, the Chrysler has been subjected to a total restoration to original specs, the seller adds. The engine rebuild has just 1,000 miles on it.
“During restoration, a new OEM transistor ignition and new OEM high-capacity radiator, plus a new carburetor, exhaust and other parts were installed,” the seller notes. “As expected, features and passenger amenities are numerous.”
The asking price for this rare blast from the Mad Men past is $56,000.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.