1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight CG Close-Coupled Sedan  Chassis no. 7803131

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1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight CG Close-Coupled Sedan
Chassis no. 7803131

Sold for US$ 139,000 inc. premium
1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight CG Close-Coupled Sedan
Coachwork by LeBaron

Chassis no. 7803131
Long and dramatically low-slung, the all-new 1931 Chrysler Imperial drew obvious inspiration from the front-wheel-drive Cord L-29 that had immediately preceded it. Reportedly, L-29 designer Alan H. Leamy actually contributed to the Imperial design, during a hiatus from his employment as chief designer for Auburn and Cord automobiles.

The Imperial's streamlined, swept-back radiator shell was overtly Cord-like, and as with the L-29, the Imperial windshield was set far back on the chassis, permitting a very long hood/cowl line and gracefully sweeping front fenders. With its 145-inch wheelbase chassis being even longer than the L-29, the Imperial's proportions were all the more breath-taking.

The new Imperial offered more than great looks. The line was powered by the largest of Chrysler's inaugural 1931 straight eights. Displacing 385 cubic inches, the 125hp L-head Imperial Eight enabled cruising speeds in excess of 90mph—truly world-class performance for the era. Chrysler's "Floating Power" engine mounting and a four-speed synchromesh manual transmission contributed to the powertrain's smoothness and flexibility.

One of the most attractive models in the prestigious Imperial line—which featured LeBaron body designs—was the Close-Coupled Sedan. This formal, yet pleasingly sporting, five-passenger style was distinguished by its closed rear roof quarters.

The Close-Coupled Sedan offered here is one of two 1931 Imperials restored to an unsurpassed level of authenticity and perfection several years ago at the behest of retired Chrysler executive Darrell Davis (the second car being a Sport Phaeton finished in the same color combination). The three-year, 8,000-hour restoration by specialist Curt Austin was completed in 2000. The unique brace of classic Imperials that resulted won multiple first place awards at Concours d'Elegance events nationwide, with the pair sharing Best of Show honors at the Hilton Head Concours. Both cars also received 100-point scores in Classic Car Club of America Primary, Senior and Premier award judging. They also garnered multiple AACA awards, including the President's Award.

Now separated from its Sport Phaeton counterpart, the Close-Coupled sedan came into the vendor's collection in 2007. It has been driven less than 50 miles since its impeccable restoration was completed.

Chromed wire wheels, an authentic option for 1931, accent the Imperial's elegantly subtle two-tone gray exterior color combination, which is further complimented by an interior trimmed in a coordinating hue. Painted metal covers for the sidemounted spares and a rear trunk, in addition to the LeBaron design's numerous authentically chromed accents and details, further contribute to the classic style of this magnificent car. Original Chrysler pricing information and an owner instruction book are included with the car.

Counted among the grandest of American classics, the Imperial CG models were—and are—renowned for their style, power and handling. The offered car presents an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a singularly beautiful and stunningly restored example of one of the most desirable Chrysler designs ever built.

Saleroom notices

  • The chassis number listed in the catalog is incorrect. The correct chassis number is 7801539.
1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight CG Close-Coupled Sedan  Chassis no. 7803131
1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight CG Close-Coupled Sedan  Chassis no. 7803131
1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight CG Close-Coupled Sedan  Chassis no. 7803131
1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight CG Close-Coupled Sedan  Chassis no. 7803131
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