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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster

Before LeBaron became a K-car

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Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this 1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster. The chassis originally supported the body of an Imperial CG sedan, but it was restored years ago as an authentic rebody of a LeBaron roadster by renowned restorer John M. Wheatley.

1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster
1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster

This Imperial features a 145-inch wheelbase and is powered by a 384ci straight-8 engine backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. Features include hydraulic brakes, dual side-mounted spare tires, rear luggage rack, folding cloth convertible top, mid-body storage compartment, and rumble seat. In the possession of the current owner for over 20 years, this red and maroon Chrysler Imperial comes from the seller with a clear Washington title.

1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster
1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster

This 1931 Chrysler Imperial is an exact replication of custom LeBaron roadster coachwork, of which only 100 were originally built in this series. Features include chrome bumpers, headlight buckets and grille, dual side-mounted spare tires with attached mirrors, split windscreen, cowl lamps, folding tan cloth top, mid-body cargo compartment and rumble seat. Additional features include body-colored luggage rack and a single taillight.

1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster
1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster

A set of chrome wire wheels with chrome center caps are enveloped by whitewall bias-ply tires.

The bench seat, door panels, interior trim and rumble seat are upholstered in red leather. Features include maroon carpeting, floor-mounted shifter, emergency brake, body-colored steel dashboard with red leather top pad, and manual hydraulic brakes and steering.

1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster
1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster

A 100-mph speedometer, gauges for the fuel level, amperage, oil pressure and coolant temperature, and clock are mounted ahead of the driver.

384ci straight-8 engine
384ci straight-8 engine

Power is provided by a 384ci L-head inline-8 backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. Underhood features include a green cylinder block, chrome pushrod cover, generator, chrome steering column, cast-iron intake and exhaust manifold, and single-barrel carburetor.

The chassis was reportedly sourced from a CG Series Imperial sedan and features an I-beam front axle with a solid rear axle. All chassis rails and suspension components are finished in bright red. Braking is provided by manual hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes.

Suspension - 1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster
Suspension – 1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Series roadster

This CG Series Chrysler Imperial roadster’s auction ends on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 12:20 p.m. (PDT). Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.

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