1962 Chrysler Imperial Crown Southampton Sedan
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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1962 Chrysler Imperial Crown Southampton Sedan1962 Chrysler Imperial Crown Southampton Sedan Description
1962 Chrysler Imperial Crown Southampton SedanOne of 6,911 units made in 1962 413 CID Wedgehead four-valve V-8 engine with four-barrel carburetor Torqueflite A727 three-speed automatic transmission with pushbutton controls Rosewood Iridescent exterior with completely restored Cocoa/red leather interior; chrome and stainless restored Power steering, power brakes, power windows and power locks â€˜Panelescentâ€™ instrument panel lighting Free-standing headlight design plus â€œgun-sightâ€ taillights Dual sideview mirrors with driverâ€™s side remote
Desire a classic luxury car that stands apart from the herd? MotoeXotica Classic Cars has just the vehicle for you; we are pleased to offer this incredible 1962 Chrysler Imperial Crown Southampton Sedan. This example was made on April 27, 1962 and has spent a great deal of time in southern California and currently has a California title.
Finished in a unique color, Rosewood Iridescent, this Imperialâ€™s paint and restored trim are in excellent overall condition. The carâ€™s windows are clear and intact and its lights are in great overall shape, including the freestanding headlights and â€œgun-sightâ€ tail lamps. Nineteen sixty-two marked the first year of the finless big Chryslers. The previous model year brought a wholly new front end with headlights on short stalks in cut-away front fenders (a classical throwback favored by Chrysler Head Stylist Virgil Exner and commonly used on 1930s Chryslers.)
This Imperial rolls on new Coker Classic wide whitewalls, size 235/75R15 at all four corners and surrounding factory wheel covers. The tires and wheels are in good shape. All of this Crownâ€™s body panels are solid and straight, the engine bay is very tidy, and the distinctive and massive chrome bumpers look great.
Under the hood is Chryslerâ€™s 413 CID Wedgehead V-8 four-valve engine and four-barrel carburetor, comes complete with gold air cleaner housing and is backed by its famous Torqueflite A727 three-speed automatic transmission. In this car, the transmission is not controlled via shift lever but by a pod of pushbuttons to the left of the steering wheel. Driver convenience features included power steering, power brakes, power windows and power door locks.
Inside, the Crown features a restored interior in overall excellent order with red leather seats that look great overall but with a few minor blemishes visible upon close inspection. The car also features new, matching red loop carpeting. The contrasting white headliner is in very good order and makes the interior feel a little more airy. The Cocoa instrument panel, with its full instrumentation, has an interesting backstory. Despite the annual styling changes, all 1960-63 Chrysler models featured a similar space age dashboard. Dashboard lighting was electro-luminescent, which used no incandescent lamps: electricity running through a five-layer laminate caused the phosphorescent paint to glow in the dark. Chrysler called it â€œPanelescent.â€ The effect was surprisingly modern, with its glowing green face and bright red needles. The red leather, two-spoke steering wheel is unorthodox as well. The steering wheel was squared-off at top and bottom for better legroom and a clearer view through the windshield when the wheel is in the straight-ahead position. The inner door panels echo the rest of the interiorâ€™s color scheme and are in very good order. Competing the interior is a factory AM radio.
Tailfins were largely truncated in 1962, topped with free-standing â€œgun-sightâ€ taillights, but these were elongated, streamlined affairs. The front grille was split, as in 1955-56, and a large round Eagle hood ornament was fitted for the first time. The 1962 models had a new, slimmer TorqueFlite A727 automatic transmission, which allowed a smaller transmission â€œhumpâ€ in the floor. This provided greater comfort for passengers in the center seat up front. The 1960-63 models were also united by a distinctive side trim that started above the headlights and that ran at a slight downward angle almost to the end of the rear fender that was undercut by a slight indent in the sides from the front until just before the rear wheel housing.
Competition to this Chrysler in 1962 included Buickâ€™s Electra 225 sedan, Cadillacâ€™s Sedan de Ville, Chryslerâ€™s own New Yorker Firepower 380 four-door sedan, Lincolnâ€™s Continental four-door sedan, Mercuryâ€™s Monterey Marauder 390 four-door sedan and Oldsmobileâ€™s 98 Town Sedan.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 48,303 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
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