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1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial LeBaron Convertible Sedan / 7803426 Vehicle Information

1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial photograph

1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial photograph

1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial photograph

1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial photograph

1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial photograph

1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial photograph

1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial photograph

1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial photograph

1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial photograph

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Sold for $396,000 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island.
The Chrysler CL Imperial Series were given large wheelbases and adequate powerplants. They were outfitted with luxurious amenities and beautiful styling. They are considered among the best looking classics of the era.

Mounted on the long and flowing bonnet was a 384 cubic-inch, nine-main bearing eight-cylinder engine that produced 135 horsepower. The engine was mounted to a four-speed synchromesh gearbox and vacuum clutch. There were four-wheel hydraulic brakes.

The car was introduced in a devastating point in history, 1932, during the Great Depression. The luxury car market disappeared and production of the CL lasted until 1933, with many left unsold even as production ceased.

This 1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Sedan with coachwork by LeBaron was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida. It was offered without reserve and estimated to sell between $300,000 - $400,000. When the car was new, back in 1932, it set the buyer back $3,595. The Convertible Sedan was the most expensive CL Imperial body-style offered.

The history of LeBaron Carrossiers Inc. dates back to 1920. It was founded by two prominent and well known coachbuilders, Thomas L. Hibbard and Raymond Dietrich. The duo established their business at 2 Columbus Circle in New York City. The location was expensive but it did provide the image and prestige they were hoping to ascertain. The name, LeBaron, was chosen because it sounded French and sophisticated.

The New York City office was just that, an office where the design work was done. There were no coachbuilding facilities at this location. This allowed them to segregate their talents from the manufacturer of the chassis and the actual coachbuilding firms.

Soon after the Design Studio opened their doors for business, they were approached by Ralph Roberts from Brewster who was looking for work. Dietrich and Hibbard appreciated his talents and offered him a one-third partnership in the business. In the years to come, both Dietrich and Hibbard left the company they formed to for other opportunities. This left Roberts in charge of the company.

A Detroit based firm named Briggs acquired the LeBaron Company in 1927. Briggs had a well established list of clientele that included marques such as Ford, Chrysler, Hudson and Overland. These connections allowed LeBaron's business to flourish and prosper. Soon, they had attracted work from Cadillac, Pierce Arrow, and Lincoln.

Many of the designs for the CL and CG Imperials were done by the LeBaron Design firm. This example is one of the surviving examples of their work. The car has been treated to a comprehensive restoration that was completed in the early 2000s. After the completion of the two year restoration job, the car was shown at the AACA Hershey Fall Meet where it was awarded its First Junior, followed by a First Senior Award. In 2006 it was awarded a Grand National Award.

At auction, the excellent restoration and rarity of the car helped drive the selling price near the top of the estimated value. The vehicle was sold for $396,000.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2007



2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $300,000-USD $400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $396,000

1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$137,500
  2021 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 7803371
Sold for USD$218,400
  2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial image  
1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
Chassis#: 7803524
Sold for USD$577,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial image  1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial image  
1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Custom Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 7803380
Sold for USD$181,500
  2017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Sedan by LeBaron
Chassis#: CL1138
Sold for USD$429,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
 
1932 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Chassis#: 7900871
Sold for USD$297,000
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
 
1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Coupe by LeBaron
Chassis#: 7803368
Sold for USD$525,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial image  1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial image  
1932 Chrysler Custom Imperial CL Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 7803358
Sold for USD$247,500
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
 
1932 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Chassis#: 7900871
Sold for USD$330,000
  2011 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2011
 
1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial
Sold for USD$660,000
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial image  1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial image  
1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial
Sold for USD$396,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial image  1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial image  
1932 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Convertible
Chassis#: 7803322
Sold for USD$231,000
  2004 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Sedan78033532015 Dragone Auction Fall $425,000$475,000
1932 Chrysler Imperial75282492012 Silver Auction Seattle, Washington   
1932 Chrysler Imperial 2012 Silver Auction Coeur d'Alene$27,000  
1932 Chrysler Imperial Convertible 2005 The Florida Collector Car Auction$4,600  

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1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial vehicle thumbnail image  1932 Chrysler Series CL Imperial vehicle thumbnail image  

Chrysler Series CL Imperial Vehicle Profiles
Cabriolet
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Model Year: 1932
Profile
LeBaron Convertible Coupe
Chrysler Series CL Imperial LeBaron Convertible Coupe

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1932
Profile
LeBaron Convertible Sedan
Chrysler Series CL Imperial LeBaron Convertible Sedan

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1932

LeBaron Convertible Sedan
Chrysler Series CL Imperial LeBaron Convertible Sedan

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1932
LeBaron Convertible Sedan
Chrysler Series CL Imperial LeBaron Convertible Sedan

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1932
Profile
LeBaron Convertible Sedan
Chrysler Series CL Imperial LeBaron Convertible Sedan

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1932
Profile

LeBaron Roadster
Chrysler Series CL Imperial LeBaron Roadster

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1932
Profile
Sedan
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Sedan

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1932
Profile
LeBaron Roadster
Chrysler Series CL Imperial LeBaron Roadster

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 7803368
Model Year: 1932
Profile and Auction History

Dual Windshield Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Dual Windshield Phaeton

Chassis Num: 7803371
Engine Num: CL 1081
Model Year: 1932
Profile and Auction History
LeBaron Convertible Sedan
Chrysler Series CL Imperial LeBaron Convertible Sedan

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 7803426
Model Year: 1932
Profile and Auction History
Dual Windshield Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Dual Windshield Phaeton

Chassis Num: 7803456
Model Year: 1932
Profile

LeBaron Roadster
Chrysler Series CL Imperial LeBaron Roadster

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 7803524
Engine Num: CL 1244
Model Year: 1932
Profile and Auction History
Close-Coupled Sedan
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Close-Coupled Sedan

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile
Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile

Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile
Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile
Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile

Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile
Roadster
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Roadster

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile
Roadster
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Roadster

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile

Roadster
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Roadster

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile
Roadster
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Roadster

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile
Roadster
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Roadster

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile

Roadster
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Roadster

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 7803577
Engine Num: CL1287
Model Year: 1933
Profile and Auction History
Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 7803597
Engine Num: CL1302
Model Year: 1933
Profile and Auction History
Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 7803604
Model Year: 1933
Profile and Auction History

Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 7803639
Engine Num: CL1345
Model Year: 1933
Profile and Auction History
Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 7803651
Engine Num: CL1356
Model Year: 1933
Profile and Auction History
Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 7803657
Model Year: 1933
Profile and Auction History

Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 7803666
Model Year: 1933
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Sedan
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Convertible Sedan

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 7803667
Model Year: 1933
Phaeton
Chrysler Series CL Imperial Phaeton

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: CL 1313
Engine Num: 172-35
Model Year: 1933
Profile and Auction History


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