CAR OF THE MONTH
The Imperial was the epitome of Chrysler’s $100-million “Forward Look” restyling. Its distinctive bodyside and roof treatments, decklids, fins and gun-sight taillights were unlike any other Chrysler product. Imperial styling was Exner at his best and 1962 marked his last design, as well as the second and final year for the marque’s unique free-standing headlights.
The lowest production car in the Imperial lineup for 1962 was the Crown Convertible, of which only 554 were built. It had a base price of $5,770 before options, and at 227 inches long with a weight of 4,765 pounds, it was the longest (non-limousine) production car in America. Equipment on the car included power steering, brakes, and convertible top; a six-way power seat; and an antenna. The unique squared-off steering wheel complements the “Safety Cushion” padded dash, electric clock, and Chrysler’s unique “Panelescent” instrumentation that glows from behind. This is of the most driven cars in the collection.