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1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Phaeton / 7803657 Vehicle Information

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial photograph

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Sold for $1,210,000 at 2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla.
Chrysler introduced the Series CG Imperial in July of 1930. It rode on a very large, 145-inch wheelbase and was powered by an all-new straight eight. At this point in history, there were no fewer than four differnt Chrysler eights, with the Imperial receiving the largest, a 384.8 cubic-inch, nine-main bearing unit developing 125 horsepower. The Imperial line was offered with four production bodies by Briggs, and four catalogued customs. The semi-custom bodies included a roadster, coupe, convertible coupe and dual-cowl phaeton, all clothed by LeBaron. Additionally, the chassis provided a suitable platform to receive elegant coachwork capable of satisfying every customer's needs and desires.

The Series CG Imperial was succeeded by a new Series CH line in 1932. These came with double-drop frame, vee-type windshield, and Floating Power. A long-wheelbase version was available and dubbed the CL Custom Imperial. The CL line was distinguished by a longer hood, extending from the radiator shell back to the base of the windshield. The catalog for the CL line listed six body styles, three of which were by LeBaron, and a handful of individual customs for specific customers.

At the 1931 Paris Auto Show, Ralph Roberts was inspired by a design he saw and commissioned a Lincoln to be built in similar fashion. Edsel Ford was not impressed by the Lincoln's experimental hood, but Walter Chrysler did and ordered it adopted for the new CL.

For 1932, the Chrysler CL's original dual cowl phaeton was replaced by what many call a sport phaeton with a crank-up rear screen, housed in the back of the front seat. For 1933, the CL received very few changes.

LeBaron Carrossiers, Inc.
The LeBaron coach-building firm was formed in New York City in 1920 by Raymond Dietrich and Thomas Hibbard. Their first project was a drawing of a seven-passenger limousine for the New York branch manager for Packard. The task of building the body was handled by Fleetwood. The customer was so impressed and satisfied with the design, that soon referrals began to come in.

Within a short time of the company's inception, Ralph Roberts (a recent Dartmouth graduate) was hired by the LeBaron company as a partner. Soon, the company was designing bodies for chassis supplied by New York dealers for Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz, Minerva, Fiat, Hispano-Suiza, Packard, Cadillac and Pierce-Arrow (and others).

In 1923, Hibbard left for Europe, where he associated with Howard 'Dutch' Darrin in Hibbard & Darrin. Before the close of the year, the remaining partners of LeBaron were approached by the Bridgeport Body Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut to become design partners, in exchange for stock.

After a favorable meeting between Dietrich and Edsel Ford at the New York Auto Show, the LeBaron Company received a large order from the Lincoln marque. Soon, Lincoln had become LeBaron's best customer. Pleased with the work, Edsel tried to get Dietrich and Roberts to relocate to Detroit. Dietrich was persuaded by the very generous offer and moved to Michigan. Roberts and Stickney, however, remained at Bridgeport. In 1927, Walter Briggs of Briggs Body Company in Detroit approached Roberts with a buyout offer. This time, Roberts accepted the offer and departed for Detroit, where he and LeBaron became an in-house design studio for Briggs.

The Briggs Company was a major body supplier for the newly formed Chrysler Corporation. The recent purchase of LeBaron allowed Briggs an opportunity to provide an upscale series of designs.

In 1953, Chrysler bought out Briggs and the LeBaron name was part of the purchase. The name has been used by Chrysler on certain prestige models ever since.

Chrysler Custom Imperial Five-Passenger Phaeton
Chassis number 7803657 is believed to be the last example completed. It was the built for Ralph Roberts as a gift for his wife. The car was given several unique features including dual rear-mounted spare tires, a painted radiator, and lower-mounted headlights.

The car remained with the Roberts until the early 1940s. It was later purchased by Bob Harrison of San Francisco. At the time, it still wore its original paint and with all the unique features. A few changes were made over the years by Mr. Harrison, including black paint and a stone guard. It remained in his care until 1960, when it was purchased by fellow San Franciscan Bob Burkholder. The new owner had the top removed and replaced it with a canvas tonneau cover. The fender skirts were removed along with the unique wheel discs.

By the mid-1980s, the car was in the care of its seventh owner, Mr. Otis Chandler. Later owners included Joe Morgan in the early 1990s as well as Neil Wynn, who commissioned a complete restoration by Curt Austin, after which the car was awarded the Most Elegant Open award at Pebble Beach in the mid-1990s.

The car resided in another prominent collection before its acquisition by the Milhous Collection in 1998. Currently, the car is painted in its original Moon glow Polychromatic and the original Roberts-ordered features have been restored. The interior is upholstered in tan leather and furnished with a rear seat arm rest. The floors have grey carpet, and the top is tan canvas, with matching tire cover at the rear.

In 2012, the car was brought to auction. At the time, the car had fewer than 78,000 miles. RM Auctions was tasked with finding a new owner for the car. The car was estimated to sell for $750,000 - $1,000,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for $1,210,000 inclusive of buyer's premium. A few months later, the new owner brought the car to Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's where it was awarded Best of Show.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2012
Sold for $1,210,000 at 2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla.
Chrysler introduced their Imperial model in July of 1930. Built on a 145-inch wheelbase it was powered by their largest, 384.8 cubic-inch straight-8 engine, which developed 125 horsepower. The standard CL Imperial line was offered with six body styles as well as a handful of individual customs for specific customers. These included a roadster, a coupe, a convertible coupe and this custom phaeton, all built by LeBaron. This long-wheelbase version was dubbed the CL Imperial Custom and was distinguished by a longer hood, extending from the radiator shell back to the base of the windshield. Ralph Roberts, a partner at LeBaron, had been inspired by a design he saw at the 1931 Paris Auto Salon, and commissioned a Lincoln to be built in similar fashion. After that, Walter Chrysler ordered it to be adopted for the new CL.



2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $750,000-USD $1,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,210,000

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1933 sales)
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton by LeBaron
Sold for USD$192,500
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Sedan
Sold for USD$64,400
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
 
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton 'Ralph Roberts' by LeBaron
Chassis#: CL 1357
Sold for USD$1,300,000
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
 
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 7803613
Sold for USD$258,500
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 7803597
Sold for USD$357,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 7803651
Sold for USD$522,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  
1933 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 7531781
Sold for USD$130,000
  2014 Mecum - Monterey
 
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
Chassis#: 7803565
Sold for USD$704,000
  2013 RM Auction - Hershey
 
1933 Chrysler Imperial CL Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
Chassis#: 7803578
Sold for USD$572,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Arizona
 
1933 Chrysler CL Phaeton
Sold for USD$341,000
  2012 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale, Fl
 
1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Five-Passenger Phaeton
Chassis#: 7803657
Sold for USD$1,210,000
  2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Custom Dual Windshield Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 7803667
Sold for USD$500,500
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 7803651
Sold for USD$352,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual Windshield Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 7083603
Sold for USD$341,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
 
1933 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL 4 DOOR SEDAN
Sold for USD$137,500
  2010 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2010
 
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Dual Windshield Phaeton
Chassis#: 7803651
Sold for USD$385,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial
Chassis#: 7803666
Sold for USD$319,000
  2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  
1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Series CL Dual Windshield Phaeton
Chassis#: CL 1349
Sold for USD$297,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
 
1933 Chrysler Imperial Royal Custom Four Door
Sold for USD$44,000
  2009 Leake Auctions - Tulsa - 37th Annual Leake Auto Auction - QuikTrip Center
 
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Sport Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 7803666
Sold for USD$462,000
  2008 RM Auctions - The Astor Collection
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1933 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL MODEL CL DUAL COWL PHAETON78036392021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction $550,000$675,000
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton by LeBaron78036512019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $400,000$475,000
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton by LeBaronCL 13132018 RM Sothebys : Monterey $250,000$300,000
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton by LeBaron78036132017 RM Sothebys : Hershey $300,000$375,000
1933 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL MODEL CL DUAL COWL PHAETON Coachwork by LeBaron78036392016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $750,000$950,000
1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial CL Convertible Coupe78035772010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction $500,000$600,000
1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial CL Convertible Coupe78035772009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $550,000$650,000

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1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle thumbnail image  1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle thumbnail image  
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Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Vehicle Profiles
Cabriolet
Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Cabriolet

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

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

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1932

LeBaron Convertible Sedan
Chrysler CL Custom Imperial LeBaron Convertible Sedan

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

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

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1932
Profile

LeBaron Roadster
Chrysler CL Custom Imperial LeBaron Roadster

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

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

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

Dual Windshield Phaeton
Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Dual Windshield Phaeton

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

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

Chassis Num: 7803456
Model Year: 1932
Profile

LeBaron Roadster
Chrysler CL Custom Imperial LeBaron Roadster

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

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

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile

Phaeton
Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Phaeton

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

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

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile

Phaeton
Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Phaeton

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

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

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile

Roadster
Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Roadster

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

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

Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Model Year: 1933
Profile

Roadster
Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Roadster

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

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

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

Phaeton
Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Phaeton

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

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

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

Phaeton
Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Phaeton

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

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

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


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