West Coast Classics are proud to present an exceptionally straight and rust free and great daily driving survivor of this very rare (1 of only 633 built) and original Y25 Mopar - a 1965 Chrysler Imperial Crown 2 door Convertible in its original 'Mist Blue Metallic' (code F) factory color paint matched to it's all original 'Blue' (trim code M9B) Imperial leather seats interior and with its highly desirable original 413 c.i. 340HP V8 engine with reportedly only 80K original miles and TorqueFlite automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows including vent windows, power six way seat, electric clock, and loaded with factory options including:
Air conditioning ($462) Auto Pilot Automatic Speed Control ($97) Leather Upholstery Power Locks ($47) AM/FM radio with power antenna ($196) Adjustable Steering Wheel ($51) Remote Trunk Release ($29) Tinted Glass ($54) Rear Window Defogger ($21) Heater & Defroster Retractable Seat Belts Undercoating with Hood Silencer Front & Rear Center Armrests
One of only some 633 Crown Convertibles built in '65 and the top-of-the-line model coupe for the Chrysler Corporation. This was the last year for the 413 CID V8 engine with Chrysler retaining a separate body/frame construction to provide extra road noise insulation for its flagship model. With the softest and most distinctive automotive leathers available of its day, rare 100 year old walnut, tempered glass protected headlamps, these Imperials stood out from their competition as being the height of unmistakably elegant automobiles.
This car has been owned since new by only obviously very careful and mature owners and seemingly always been garaged as it is both a rust and accident free true survivor car! The car boasts its original 'Mist Blue Metallic' factory color paint with original complimenting 'Blue' color leather seats trim.
The Imperial model of the late 50's and early 60's sold well and remained a strong contender with Cadillac and Lincoln, the two other luxury marques of its day. The 1963 mild face lift design was reminiscent of Virgil Exner's earlier designs and especially the Lincoln Continental which he had styled for Ford. By 1964 the Imperial was completely 'Continental' in character with its fenderline traced in brightwork like the big Lincolns and about the only left over in the design being the familiar hood ornament. Even the dash panel was completely redesigned. One of the models best features were its seats, especially the front ones which used air foam padding with Imperial's brochures referring to them as 'Executive Aircraft-Type Seats'. They were individually powered and gave both driver and passenger a high commanding view of the road ahead or let them sit lower if they wanted. Both seats had head rests which could be adjusted for height or removed and stored in their own compartments in the rear seats and a new feature of the Imperial Crown Coupe was a reclining front passenger seat making sleeping in the cars utterly smooth and quiet performance easy. The car boasted many other creature comforts for its day and was sold with extensive rust proofing being dipped seven times and sprayed six times before the nine coat paint job was applied. The first eight coats were hand rubbed and the last one was machine buffed! Imperial sales were very good in 1964, enjoying its best year since 1957.
The Imperial Crown Coupe and Convertible were the top-of-the-line models for the Chrysler lineup in 1965 and with only some 3,974 Crown Coupes produced and even less, some 633 Convertibles! This makes any survivors from this era quite rare and would make this particular car a prized asset to any dedicated Chrysler Imperial or MOPAR collection.
The original and very powerful 413 V8 engine with believed to be 80K original miles runs very strong and and this particular car drives really well - must be driven to be appreciated - does not miss a beat and purrs like a kitten - drives straight as an arrow with no strange road wobbles, shakes or rattles - a truly remarkable daily driver that will give any modern day car a run for it's money!
With very few remaining 1965 Crown Imperial Convertibles of this caliber left, this is an extremely unusual opportunity to own a great daily driving example of this rare and very desirable 1965 Imperial Crown 2 door Convertible loaded with factory options including air conditioning, leather upholstery, power steering, power windows, power brakes and power locks etc in very fine daily driving condition ready and for any classic American car or Mopar enthusiast to enjoy or collect today!