1966 Imperial Crown
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
Classic Car Overview
- VIN: YM43J6******
- Year: 1966
- Make: Imperial
- Model: Crown
- Exterior Color: Black
- Interior Color: Black
- Mileage: 10,000
- Engine: 440 4bbl V8
- Transmission: 3 Speed Automatic
Calling all Green Hornet fans, here is your chance for your very own Black Beauty. This is a great looking and driving Imperial Crown. It is about an 11 year old restoration, with an estimated 10,000 miles on the rebuilt 440 V8 engine and torqueflite transmission. The black paint looks good with a few defects showing its age (see photos on website). The hood, trunk and doors open and close very solid. It appears to have its original quarter panels and trunk pan, so I would assume all other sheet metal as well. We have not bothered to check to see if it is the original engine, but were told to expect it was replaced when rebuilt. This car is a factory AC car, with separate rear air unit. The A/C is currently not working. The AC compressor needs to be replaced and has been removed but will come with the car.
This car just as it is now starts right up and drives great! Everything seems to be working except for the AC. It has a deep rumble through the dual flowmaster exhaust and cruises easy, letting out a roar when you open the throttle. It will accelerate quickly considering its size. The engine is powerful but easily controllable and has a very smooth idle for just enjoying a country drive. The rebuilt 727 3spd transmission operates properly and I have driven this car at 70mph without any issues. Lots of nice options, leather bench seats, lap belts, cigar lighter. It has an AM/FM radio and CD player, original working power antenna. It has power windows which we are told were all rebuilt with modern motors & mechanisms. They work fine but some make a little noise when going up and the rears can get a little out of alignment and need final adjusting. We have found it best to roll up the fronts first to keep the rear in line better. The car even retains its working factory power vent windows! The car has factory power steering and factory power brakes as well. The front brakes have been converted to disc, making driving enjoyable. The state inspection and registration is current. A very great looking, great driving classic!
Tires are great with deep tread on aftermarket 20” American Racing wheels. Massive 305/50/20 tires in the rear and 275/45/20 in the front for a healthy contact patch. The trim is all in pretty good original condition with very few dings but the bumpers have some denting (see photos on the website). This car has been stored indoors in a private collection but was driven regularly. All of the glass is good and works well. The body panels are showing some signs of age with slight bubbling or blistering around the rear lower quarter and in a few places around the decklid (see photos on website). The steering wheel is an aftermarket woodgrain wheel in like new condition and the horn operates properly. The interior is in great shape, looks new. The seats appear near mint and very soft and comfortable for a long cruise. All of the lights all work, but the reverse lights are on a toggle switch next to the steering column, where it also has a power trunk release button using the original power trunk release mechanism. The front turn signal lenses are missing, though we are having some new ones made. The car does not have its original wiring, it appears to be a painless wiring harness. The rocker panel trim has been removed, but we did acquire it with the car and it will go to the new owner. The previous owner had it removed because he thought it looked better without and we agree.
The weather stripping is in OK condition, appearing mostly original with some cracking and weathering. The car runs and drives great. It is a large car so has a little ‘float’ as you might expect from a 60’s land barge but is easily manageable. I have driven it for testing and pleasure and it is a lot of fun and gets plenty of attention. The car has no mechanical problems that we can find. We replaced the water pump, alternator and power steering pump as soon as we got the car as preemptive maintenance. We are confident that you could drive this car anywhere. This car also comes with a cool matching Black Beauty keychain so you dont forget which car the keys go to. The car comes equipped with an onboard battery tender to plug in during storage so you never have to worry about your battery in the event you cannot drive the car regularly.
If you are looking for 60’s luxury, you cant do better than the Imperial. More powerful and reliable than a Lincoln, and Americas last true hand built luxury car to rival Rolls Royce. Check out the aircraft-throttle interior door handles. The space-aged window controls, not the mention the forest of woodgrain & chrome surrounding you from the dash to the door panels. The bench seats have armrests for all passengers and pull handles for egress in the rear.
Cruise in style this summer with the top down, this one is available just in time!
These cars are staying in the $5000 - $30,000 range for original examples, but none are drivable. This is a car that has a few cosmetic dings from use but is mechanically rebuilt and sound and easily drivable, with new interior to boot. When was the last time you saw an Imperial that was not sporting its old, dry, cracked upholstery? I dare you to find a nicer example that you can drive home. You won’t find a nicer combination of performance and style and it makes for a great collectible or pleasure vehicle. Don't miss out on a chance to own one of the best 60’s luxury cars, ready to enjoy now.
• Rebuilt 440ci 4-barrel V8
• Rebuilt 3 speed automatic transmission
• Gloss Black dual stage gloss paint
• Black vinyl top• Black leather interior
• Full Dual Flowmaster Exhaust
• Factory power steering
• Deluxe AM/FM/CD radio in the dash
• Factory power antenna• Rebuilt power windows
• Factory power vent windows
• Factory Dual AC
• Power trunk release
• Aftermarket wheels & performance tires
• Power front disc brakes
• Beautiful woodgrain Dash
• Clean engine bay that is show ready
• Aftermarket woodgrain steering wheel
• Custom matching Black Beauty 1/64 keychain
• On-board battery charger for long term storage
• Extremely solid construction / the only car to be banned from Demolition Derbies!
• Misc paint defects and nicks here and there from use & age (see photos)
• AC system currently not working
• front turn signal lenses missing (replacement are being made)
• Bumpers have some dents (see photos)
Other than the above, the car looks amazing, drives well and gets alot of attention. Very fun car to take to the local meet or cruise around town. We have driven the car 150 mile round trips into Houston and never had any problems. Keep in mind it is 52 years old and not a new car, but it is in amazing condition considering its age. You can hop in right now, drive home and enjoy.
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Classic Car ID101011685
Transmission3 Speed Automatic
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