1953 Chrysler Imperial Town Limo

Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO

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St. Louis, MO



Year 1953
Mileage 83526
Engine 3318
Doors 4
Transmission Presto-Mat
Make Chrysler
Model Imperial

Imperial 1953

Title Status Clear
Exterior Color Black
Interior Color Blue cloth


Arid Utah/California car with the same owner since 2003

Same California owner from 1953 to 1984 with California registration from 57-84

Extremely rare car; one of 243 Custom Imperial Limos made in 1953!

Original 331 CID Firepower Hemi V-8 engine

Original Presto-Matic four-speed, semi-automatic transmission with Safety-Clutch; 1953 was its final production year

CorrectBlack exterior (code 1) and Blue cloth interior (code 20)

Nifty power glass divider between front and rear seats, power steering and power windows

5-inch wheelbase

Wire aftermarket wheels with Remington wide whitewall tires

Original wheels and factory wheel covers are included

Own this Vehicle from $569 per month-call 636-600-4600


If youre not crazy for a Cadillac and youre not lusting for a Lincoln, would you consider a Chrysler? MotoeXotica Classic Cars hopes you would and offers this extremely rare, 1953 Chrysler Custom Imperial Six-passenger Limousine; it is one of just 243 examples made in 1953, complete with the original Presto-Matic, four-speed, semi-automatic transmission and a power-assisted, glass divider for the cabin.

This example hails from the very dry state of Utah since 2003 and was sold new in 1953 to Sidney Ring of Vista California who owned the vehicle to at least 1984 by the provided documentation of California registrations from 1957 to 1984. It was built in Detroit, Michigan on the 86th day of production in 1953 and was the 1,590th vehicle assembled on that day. Finished in black (code 1), the cars paint and trim are in overall excellent order. Its bodywork is excellent condition, its engine bay is extremely tidy, the battery appears in good order and the cars chrome bumpers look fantastic. Imperials had Solex heat-resistant glass, too!

This big Chrysler rolls on Remington Cushion-Aire wide whitewall tires, size L78-15, at all four corners. Each tire is wrapped around a custom wire wheel. The original wheels and factory wheel covers are located in the trunk. The tires are in good, original order while the custom wheels are in excellent condition.

You can answer the Got Hemi question affirmatively in this car for under the hood is the original 331 CID FirePower Hemi V-8. So-called for their hemispherical combustion chambers, FirePower engines were oversquare. That is, their cylinder bores were larger than their strokes. Driver convenience features included power steering and power windows. Behind the Hemi is its original, and unusual transmission, the Presto-Matic.

Presto-Matic was a specialmanual transmission with afluid coupling. Although it had just two forward gears, an attached electricoverdriveunit used in either gear gave it a total of four forward speeds. Attached to the transmission was an underdrive with a reduction gear of 1.75:1. The shift lever was column-mounted and had three positions: Low (in the 2nd position of a conventional three-speed manual unit), High (in the 3rd position), and Reverse (same as the three-speed). The driver had to depress the clutch pedal every time he moved the gear shift lever.

When the lever was put in Low, the car started in underdrive low; when the vehicle reached a minimum speed of sixmph, the driver lifted his foot off the accelerator, the underdrive unit would kick out and the car would be in Low. Similarly, with the lever in High position, the car would start in underdrive high, and at any speed above 13mph, the driver would lift his foot and the car would shift into direct drive.

For Presto-Matic to work without gear clashing, it contained a freewheeling device (in Underdrive, Low and High), and the owners manual cautioned drivers not to use first or third gears when descending hills, because there was no engine compression braking in those ranges. Generally, most drivers started in High and accomplished the shift to direct drive somewhere between 13 and 25 mph by releasing the accelerator pedal and waiting for the clunk that signaled the disengagement of the underdrive. These cars would automatically shift from High down to underdrive high when car speed dropped below approximately 11 mph. With theFluid Drivecoupling, the car could be brought to a halt in gear without releasing the clutch and would creep like a fully automatic transmission.

Inside, the cars blue cloth interior (code 20) is in overall very good order. The front and rear bench seats are in excellent shape, while the matching carpet is in very good order. Note the cord or rope across the top of the front seatback. It was used to hang heavy coats, blankets, scarves and shawls on during winter travels. Theres even a center-mounted clock for rear passengers. the blue headliner is still firm and looks great from front to rear. The best part about the interior is that you can separate the cabin with a power-assisted glass divider. This is handy for when you have a chauffeur or someone else driving you and you want to use your phone or tablet


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