1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649
Lot 24
Extremely rare example
1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE
US$ 60,000 - 80,000
€51,000 - 68,000
To be sold without reserve

Lot Details
1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649 1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE  Chassis no. 7773649
1953 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE

Chassis no. 7773649

331ci OHV 'FirePower' Hemi V8
Single Carter WCD Carburetor
180hp at 4,000rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission (see text)
Front coil spring and rear leaf suspension
4-wheel power-assisted disk brakes


*Extremely rare example of one of the most expensive American cars of its day.
*Early example of the famous Chrysler Hemi V8
*Fitted with AirTemp air conditioning
*Long time Arizona car, immaculately refurbished from great original



THE CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL

Originally an up-market Chrysler, Imperial was registered as a marque in its own right in 1954, a move which enabled the corporation to develop a separate identity for the cars. In the immediate post-war years though, the conservatively styled Imperials looked little different from mainstream Chryslers. The latter were virtually identical to those of 1942, and not until 1949 did a new look appear. Based on the Chrysler New Yorker, the new-for-'49 Imperial featured a canvas-covered roof and superior leather and broadcloth upholstery. Its engine was the 5.3-liter sidevalve straight eight, while 'Fluid Drive' and 'Prest-o-omatic' (clutch-less) transmission were standard equipment. A Cadillac-style radiator grille was new for 1950, the last year of the straight eight engine. The latter was dropped at the year's end and replaced by Chrysler's classic 331.1cu in (5.4-liter) 'Hemi' V8. A direct competitor to Cadillac, the Crown Imperial was Chrysler's top-of-the-range and most exclusive model, being manufactured in relatively limited numbers.

The 1953 Imperial Crown was a low production year and the limousine was the rarest of the bunch; between Sedans and Limousines, production is listed at just 159 examples. These exclusive long wheelbase machines have the distinction of being the longest production American car of the time. The Imperial boasted a number of innovative firsts, including power steering and four-wheel disc brakes.

The few limousines produced were made for heads of states or highly wealthy individuals who preferred a chauffeur-drive automobile.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Bonhams is proud to offer this beautifully presented example of the legendarily luxurious Crown Imperial. It would be hard to imagine that even as new its condition was of the sheer quality in which it is today, to experience it conveys the feeling that one quite literally is attending an early post war Auto Show or walking into a car showroom in the 1950s.

The car arrives in this condition by merit of its origins and ownership, having been delivered new in the dry climate of Phoenix, Arizona and then residing in that State until its acquisition by the current owner a couple of years ago.

In the course of its life, roughly 20 years ago the princely Crown Imperial was treated to a refurbishment worthy of its stately appearance, with a full repaint carried out to a very high standard. At this same time it also had some attention to the interior, however it is understood that for the most part the airy light green interior is the original and is in quite remarkable order, with particularly nice period features such as the period option of a 'Moparmatic' 15-jewel clock by Benrus in the center of its steering wheel.

Inspecting the sedan in the way one might have on a showroom floor one is rewarded by an immaculate, accurately detailed and 'as new' finish, such that the more mundane aspects of the car invite closer and more extended viewing, for example its engine bay is not only perfect, but replete with period date and code stamps. Another particularly intriguing aspect is the trunk, where some proportion is taken up by its original Air-Temp Air-Conditioning unit. The exterior of the car is comprehensively accented with its plethora of chrome trim, including wire wheels.

In its present ownership, the original period transmission has been replaced for a more user friendly and later 'short tail' 727 Chrysler 3-speed automatic, which has the additional benefit of making better use of its 'Fire Power' Hemi.

With such a beautiful presentation and all of its modern facilities including a/c, it is easy to imagine that this could be used for luxury travel today as it was originally intended, certainly it would provide enable arrival in incredible style for onlookers and a step back in time for its richly cosseted passengers.
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