1960 Imperial Crown Convertible Vehicle Profile

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

1960 Imperial Crown photograph

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Convertible
Designer: Exner
The Imperial was much more than a top-of-the-line automobile for the Chrysler Corporation. From 1955 through 1975, it was Chrysler Corporation's unique luxury brand, with a brief reappearance from 1981 to 1983.

The Imperial name had been used since 1926. It was never a separate make, but it was the top-of-the-line Chrysler model. That would change however, in 1955, when the company decided to create a separate and unique division to better compete with its North American rivals, Cadillac and Lincoln.

Early Imperial designs - the creation of Virgil Exner - reflected Chrysler's focus on engineering and passenger comfort more than appearance. In 1954 Imperial earned its own marque when it became a separate division of the Chrysler Corp.

The 1950 Imperial's new body was of the body-on-frame style - unlike Chrysler's new uni-bodies. The Imperial Crown featured overhanging front fenders, slightly recessed quad headlights, a swooping front bumper, tall rear fins and a giant chrome eagle at the front. Passenger comfort was emphasized with swivel power seats, vanity mirror, electric clock, dual exhausts, windshield washers, luxurious upholstery and for the first time, curved side window glass.

Starting with the all-new 1955 Imperial, Chrysler would offer several uniquely modified body styles that would be introduced every two to three years. These cars would stand above even the highest level Chrysler models and would include a wide variety of standard and optional features. This always included Chryslers largest V8 engines and an automatic transmission, as well as the latest technologies that would eventually filter down to Chrysler Corporation's other models.

The engineering of the 1960 Imperial is highlighted by its impressive, 350 horsepower, 413 cubic-inch V8 power plant. They adopted wildly exaggerated styling that was popular at the time, featuring exceptionally high rear fins. The grille and bumper used large pieces of heavy chrome with all trim unique to the Imperial.

Imperial finished ahead of Lincoln in sales in 1960, but never did so again. While the rest of Chrysler's lineup adopted unibody construction, Imperial retained its body-on-frame construction until 1962.

This Imperial Crown convertible is one of only 618 such models produced in 1960. It was originally purchased by Hollywood movie producer Henry Rhinelander for his wife, Helen.


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1960 Imperial Crown Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1960 sales)
1960 Imperial Crown Convertible
Sold for $137,500
  2017 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale
 
1960 Imperial Crown Convertible
Sold for $97,500
  2016 Mecum - Indianapolis
 
1960 IMPERIAL CUSTOM 4 DOOR SEDAN
Sold for $26,775
  2013 McCormick's Auction 54 - Palm Springs
 
1960 Imperial Crown Convertible
Chassis#: 9204101848
Sold for $154,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Arizona
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1960 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL
Sold for $19,950
  2012 McCormicks Palm Springs Auction 53
 
1960 Chrysler Imperial Four Door Sedan
Sold for $8,250
  2012 Leake - San Antonio
 
1960 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $82,500
  2011 Auctions America - Spring Auburn
 
1960 Chrysler Imperial Crown Sedan
Chassis#: 9204115784
Sold for $46,200
  2011 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction
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1960 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL CROWN
Chassis#: 9204115499
Sold for $12,338
  2010 McCormick's Auction #49 - Palm Springs, CA
 
1960 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible
Chassis#: 9204104130
Sold for $93,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
 
1960 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL
Sold for $22,312
  2010 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions - February 2010
 
1960 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL
Sold for $22,312
  2010 McCormick's Auction #48
 
1960 Chrysler Imperial 4D
Sold for $17,092
  2009 RM Auctions - Classic Car Auction of Toronto - Fall
 
1960 Imperial Crown
Sold for $77,000
  2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island
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1960 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $55,319
  2008 Worldwide Auctions - The Auburn Auction 2008
 
1960 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $32,175
  2005 Barrett-Jackson - PALM BEACH 2005
 
1960 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL FOUR DOOR SEDAN
Sold for $3,900
  2002 Kruse Auction - Las Vegas, NV
 
1960 CHRYSLER CROWN IMPERIAL
Sold for $9,350
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1960 Imperial Crown's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1960 Imperial Crown Convertible92041070982014 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$140,000  
1960 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL CONVERTIBLE 2011 Auctions America Fort Lauderdale$88,000  
1960 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible Coupe92041018482010 RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island$140,000$175,000$250,000
1960 Chrysler Imperial Two Door 2009 Boca Raton, FL Kruse$7,100  
1960 IMPERIAL CROWN CONVERTIBLE 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$20,000  

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