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Chrysler Imperial convertible

Year: 1958|Miles: 59323|Ext: Tahitian Coral|Int: Sand Gold|

This 1958 Imperial Crown Convertible is a familiar car to RB Collection, as it comes from the estate of a long-term client. The prior owner was a devotee of 1950s Imperials, Chryslers and DeSotos with several fine examples in his collection. This wonderful Imperial Crown is finished in the unmistakable 1950s shade of Tahitian Coral over a sand-gold interior. It appears to have never been fully restored, only receiving restoration work as needed over the years, including a good quality full respray by a local restoration facility. The paint quality is very good and the car is exceptionally straight with good panel fit all around. The straight and wave-free body gives us a very good indication that this wonderful car has led a good life and has been well-maintained from new. It features the optional ?FliteSweep Deck Lid?, with its faux spare-wheel bulge. Extensive chrome, stainless and die-cast trim is in excellent order with no dings or dents and no excessive pitting; with some pieces even appearing original and remaining in excellent order. It sits proudly and properly on the suspension, riding on correct whitewall bias-ply tires and original Imperial Crown wheel covers.

The fabulous body color is offset with a white pinpoint vinyl top that is power-actuated and in very good order. No rips, tears or stains are apparent in the top and the frame is straight and functions properly on the switch. A vinyl top boot is included which matches the tan interior. Crown models were the top of the Imperial range and they featured a special interior with patterned fabric inserts and additional brightwork. We believe this car retains its original interior which remains in exceptional condition. The tan trim wonderfully complements the exterior paint color. This example is equipped with a power front seat, power windows, and radio with local and country settings, optional Solex tinted glass and a recently rebuilt power antenna. Textured alloy adorns the instrument fascia and dash pad, all of which remains in excellent original condition. Front and rear seats are in excellent condition, as are the interior door and quarter panels.

To drive this Imperial is an extraordinary experience. The driver is greeted with a magnificent instrument cluster that features Chysler?s signature push-button transmission selector to the left, and an array of stylish instruments and heavy chrome switches that are a joy to operate. The laid-back driving position is perfectly suited for cruising. At the push of the neutral button, the big 392 cubic inch (6.4 liter) Hemi fires easily with no smoke or drama. The transmission shifts into drive swiftly and the Imperial rolls off on a wave of smooth torque. Upshifts are silky smooth and downshifts are immediate. The engine pulls well and runs strong, breathing through an aftermarket Edelbrock carburetor that has been well set up with the stock air cleaner. Engine detailing is good, and while not to a concours level, it is very presentable for casual show. The chassis and suspension are in excellent order and this car drives superbly.

We are very pleased to offer this outstanding example that is one of just 675 Imperial convertibles from 1958: One the most luxurious American cars of the era. Our in-house team performed some service work on this car recently and as a result, it drives and operates exceptionally well. Rare, desirable and delightfully flamboyant, the 1958 Imperial is certainly a crown jewel in Chrysler?s history.

The Imperial name is a familiar one for any fans of Chrysler or of grand American luxury cars in general. First appearing on range-topping Chryslers in 1926, the name became a mainstay of the line through the 1970s, continuing on and off again through the early 1990s. Beginning in 1955, Chrysler responded to increasing demand for high-end luxury cars by spinning off the Imperial nameplate into its own separate division; something Ford Motor Company would do with Continental in 1956, though Imperial would find longer lasting success as a standalone brand.

Styling for the new Imperial was led by the legendary designer Virgil Exner who?s ?Forward Look? theme would define Chrysler?s design language for many years to come. The first models (1955 and 1956) would clearly show inspiration from Exner?s Imperial Parade Phaeton from 1952. The signature of these models was the ?gun-sight? tail lights that sat atop the rear quarters. For 1957 and 1958, an all-new body with dramatic fins and detailing sat atop a new chassis that was dedicated solely for the Imperial division. The X-frame chassis was substantial and strong, featuring ?Torsion-Aire? suspension up front, a system that used torsion bars to lower the center of gravity and improve unsprung weight and ride quality. Sales were initially strong with over 37,000 Imperials finding homes in 1957, but that number dropped significantly in 1958 with just over 16,000 sold, thanks in large part to economic conditions. The Imperial name continued as its own division through the early 1970s; however cost cutting meant that more and more components were shared across the Chrysler lineup. The Imperials of the 50s represent the pinnacle of the marque; standing proudly as the flagship of the Chrysler Corporation.

  • Only 675 cars produced
  • Very desirable Tahitian Coral
  • Top of the line Chrysler
  • Original interior