The 1932 and 1933 Chrysler chassis were a refinement of the 1931 Chrysler CG series, and dubbed the CL Imperial. They had long-wheelbases, flowing fenders and custom bodies designed and built by LeBaron. Styling improved greatly for 1932 over 1931 bodies. 1933 was even better, with a more imposing frontal view and a sharply pointed grille that blended into the long hood line and extending to the raked split windshield.
There were around 50 examples of the Sport Phaeton bodies ordered by Chrysler from LeBaron in 1932. Fourteen were initially shipped, although a few are believed to have been returned to the factory for updating with 1933 sheet metal and trim. Thirty-six of the fifty cars were original built as 1933 models, and it is estimated just 17 remain, with just a few of those in restored condition.
This Custom Imperial Phaeton was originally purchased in Washington, DC. As some point prior to the 1950s, it was in the care of Paul Vanderbilt. IN 1954, Homer W. Fitterling of South Bend, Indiana discovered the car in the Chicago area and purchased it for his collection. While in his care, it was given its first restoration. Bob P. Bahre purchased in 1984. The current owner acquired the car in the mid-1990s and then gave it a concours-level restoration. In 2004, it was on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it achieved a podium finish in the American 1925-1940 Open Class.
The car has dual chrome-plated horns, dual side-moutned spare tires, period-style whitewall tires, polished stainless steel wire wheels with chrome hubs and a rear-mounted luggage trunk. Inside, there is maroon leather upholstery and there is a custom-made Haartz cloth top with matching liner.
In 2011, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Amelia Island Auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $375,000-$475,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $352,000 including buyer's premium.