1955 Chrysler Imperial Crown CabrioletSOLD

Formerly owned by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame. Property from the Peter Black Collection

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Estimate 28,000 - 40,000 Euros
Result (incl.) 32,900 Euros

Engine: V8, 413 cu.ins., c.350bhp at 4,600rpm; Gearbox: torqueflite push button 3 speed automatic; Suspension: independent front by wishbones and torsion bars, rear live axle with half elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel hydraulically operated drum. Left hand drive.

Model history

Back in the 1930s, any automobile corporation worthy of the name had to complete its range with a flagship luxury line: Ford had Lincoln, General Motors had Cadillac. Walter Chrysler introduced his Imperial in 1926. Always impressive, first in straight-six, later straight-eight form, the Imperial took styling cues from Cord. By 1931 it was a remarkably handsome car, evolving in 1955 into a separate brand in its own right.

The handsome styling incorporating lots of chrome, curves, tail fins and a stylish egg-crate grille made the 1955 Chrysler Imperial the car to own, but by 1958 sales where flagging. Accordingly, Chrysler went all out to improve the 1959 Imperial. Most notable of its changes was the engine, which was now a 413 cu.ins. unit, some 101 lbs lighter than its predecessor and delivering 350bhp at 4,500rpm, a far better power to weight ratio. This was joined by a whole host of technical improvements resulting in one of the biggest cars of its day and often acclaimed as the most stylish, its low roof line contributing to this, the height also giving a good centre of gravity for improved performance.

Chrysler offered nine Imperial models for that year, in the middle of this range was the Crown, on which they offered the only convertible as offered for sale. Just 555 units of this rare variant were sold, each priced at $5,774.

Specific history of this car

This car was bought from rock legend Robert Plant in 1988, joining an extensive British collection with a particular accent on American cars.
In this present ownership the car has been publicly exhibited and used on many occasions for television and filming work in the U.K. Specifically being featured on the well known British dramas Taggart and Coronation Street.

In 1991 it was featured as part of a Cars of the Stars Exhibition at the Birmingham Classic Car Show.

Cosmetically, the Chrysler shows age commensurate with its use. Its light interior naturally showing its wear rather more so than a darker colour of leather would.

The car is fitted with an electric hood, which is lined in mock-leopard skin fabric.

Appropriately wearing a script of the motto '50s Rock and Roll for ever' - this distinctive Classic Chrysler is admirable for its looks as for its celebrity provenance.

Reference Number 6958

as of 2/1/2007

Car 1955 Chrysler Imperial Crown Cabriolet
VIN M637 101 801 
Exterior / Interior Color Pink /      White  
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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