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Detroit, Michigan
1955-1975

The name Imperial was used by Chrysler starting in 1926 and it became a distinct make in 1955 and continued till 1975. The 1926 Chrysler Imperial was not the first Imperial automobile. In 1903 and 1904 an Imperial was produced by the Rodgers & Co. in Columbus, Ohio. In 1906 and 1907 another Imperial was built in Williamsport, PA by The Imperial Motor Car Co. Another Imperial was produced by The Imperial Automobile Co. from 1907 to 1916 in Jackson, Michigan.

The 1955 Imperial shown below was built by Chrysler to compete with the high price, high quality Cadillac and Lincoln. Some of Imperial's best years were were the first. The beautiful 1955 imperials, elegantly trimmed inside and out are regarded as the most desirable of all times. The 1955 Imperial was equipped with Chrysler's 331 cubic inch Hemi-Head V-8 that was rated at 250 horsepower. The Chrysler Himi-Head was mated to the new fully automatic two speed PowerFlite transmission.

1955 Imperial
1955 Imperial

In 1955 and 1956 a four door sedan, two door hardtop and convertible were built along with the long wheelbase Crown Imperial eight passenger sedan and Limousine. Imperial was all new for 1957 with its "Forward Look" styling and hugh tail fins. A minor facelift appeared on the 1958 Imperial with major changes in 1959. High and gull-like tail fins continued in 1960 and 1961 and not for the better. 1962 Imperial's were built without the ugly tail fins and another facelift in 1963 gave Imperial a new looking grille. Clean all new styling appeared in 1964 and 1965 giving the Imperial a Lincoln Continental look. Very few changes appeared in 1966 however the 1967 Imperial's were all new. Chrysler like 1968, 1969 and 1970 Imperials with rounded low roof styling and hidden head lights were among the tidiest produced.

1975 Imperial
1975 Imperial

The 1970-1975 Imperials returned to a more closely resemblance to Chrysler automobiles. By 1975 sales were in decline and that would end Imperial life as a separate make. Chrysler Imperials were made from 1976 to 1983 and 1990 to 1993.

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