4610 Pet Lane
Tampa , Florida
Very cool, very luxurious, and very rare, this 1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown convertible is the special kind of classic car distinction reserved for a very select few.
This is arguably the best design from the '60s. The front end looks decades ahead of its time. And the crisp body lines are highlighted by a full-length trim line that ends in one of the most artful rear bumpers ever. The Imperials were the top-dog of the Mopar lineup. So while we call it a Chrysler, it really was from a brief period where this brand was available for an exclusive few. That's why the 1966 version was the choice for The Green Hornet's ride. But this one is the ultra-rare convertible with less than 550 built. So you can immediately appreciate the history of this example, but its appeal goes much deeper. The factory-correct Persian White has been resprayed to include a terrific hint of pearlescent. That means you get extra shine, which is exactly what you want in a sunshine-friendly droptop. All the right details are in place, from the factory wheel covers, to the big Imperial bird centrally mounted in the rear. Plus, the way the panels fit together tell you this one was treated with respect for over half a century.
If you like the way the burgundy top looks against the white paint, then you'll love the inside. With the flip of a switch, the roof powers down to reveal the same deep red against the white. Plus, it's joined by a tasteful walnut trim that saw its most extensive use in '66. This is a full-sized convertible, so there's plenty of room for family and friends. Plus, there are provisions for a ton of great features, including power windows and R134a air conditioning. But no matter how many people are going for a ride, the driver will always be king. The split front bench provides a fold-down armrest, bucket-like comfort, and yours even power adjusts to the ideal cruising position. The factory dual-spoke steering wheel gives you a clear view of the full gauge panel that places all the essential controls at a fingertip's length.
The engine bay is another reason why you want the '66. This was the only year of this generation Imperial to receive the big 440 cubic-inch V8. Not only is this the correct displacement, but everything looks particularly honest from the bright blue on the block, to the four-barrel carburetor on top. Plus, everything from the fresh belts to the newer exhaust tells you it was maintained correctly over the years. Out on the road, the supple suspension combines with the power steering, power brakes, and the three-speed automatic transmission to deliver a proper classic luxury experience.
Complete with owner's manual, this is a rare opportunity at one of the most distinctive designs to hit the road. Don't let it slip away, call today!