1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial

Walter P. Chrysler's up-market Imperial made its debut in 1926, just two years after the marque was founded. By the close of that year, Chrysler was ranked seventh in US production. The early Chrysler's, produced in the old Chalmers plant in Detroit, were medium-priced, six-cylinder cars that were innovative and offered better-than-average performance. A four and a smaller six-cylinder model was later added to the lineup, along with the Imperial catering to the luxury car segment.

In 1931, Chrysler entered the multi-cylinder wars with the introduction of two models powered by straight-eight engines - the CD Eight and the Imperial CG Eight. The 384.84 cubic-inch nine-bearing engine offered 125 horsepower at 3,200 RPM, which gave the Imperial a top speed in excess of 95 mph. They were fitted with hydraulic brakes, hydraulic shock absorbers, and adjustable seats and steering column. The smooth operation was achieved through Chrysler's 'Floating Power' engine mounting and a 4-speed synchromesh manual transmission

The all-new 1931 Chrysler Imperial was low-slung and streamlined with a design inspired by the front-wheel-drive Cord L-29 that Errett Lobban Cord had introduced in 1929. Alan H. Leamy, the designer of the L-29, provided input to the Imperial design, during a hiatus from his employment as chief designer for Auburn and Cord automobiles. Design features included the swept-back radiator shell, a windshield that was positioned far back on the chassis, the long hood/cowl line, and sweeping front fenders.

In early 1932, the new Series CH line replaced the Series CG Imperial. They had a double-drop 'girder-truss' frame, a vee-type windshield, door-type hood ventilators, Floating Power, power-assisted brakes, vacuum-operated clutch, and an increase in wheelbase size from 145- to 146-inches.

The new Imperial was available in two sub-series, with the standard line wearing production Briggs-built bodies. The Custom CL line had six cataloged semi-custom built bodies, finished to order. All (except one) of the Imperial 'catalog custom' were built by LeBaron. The CL had a longer hood, extending from the radiator shell back to the base of the windshield.

For 1933, Chrysler would produce just 151 examples of the Imperial, the final year of its production. The CL was carried forward and received only minor changes. A highlight is that one of the nine LeBaron Convertible Roadsters was selected as an official pace car for the Indianapolis 500 that year.

For 1934, the Imperials were replaced by the radical Airflow.


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1933 Vehicle Profiles

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

By 1933 the Great Depression had a full grip on the luxury car market. Chrysler was able to sell only 151 cars in its top-of-the-line CL series, and this Convertible Roadster is one of just nine produced. This would be the last year for classic styli....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: 7803657

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 ....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: 7803604

The cylinder wars of the 1920's and 1930's had raised the bar on the luxury car segment. Cadillac had introduced its powerful V12 and V16 engines, followed by Marmon with their Sixteen cylinder engine. Pierce-Arrow re-entered the competition in the e....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

The 1933 Chrysler LeBaron were powerful cars, featuring well-engineered 385 cubic-inch straight-eights with nine main bearings for durability. They were equipped with four-speed transmissions in which first gear was a very low speed gear. The cars ....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: 7803666

This 1933 Chrysler CL Customer Imperial Sport Phaeton has body number 172-44 and was given a restoration near the close of the 1990s. It is a former Best of Class winner at Palos Verdes and Newport Beach, and has remained in excellent conditions ove....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: 7803577
Engine Num: CL1287

This Chrysler Convertible Coupe wears coachwork by LeBaron and features the powerful 'red-Head' engine upgrade that increases the compression and power output with its red-painted cylinder head and accompanying intake manifold. It came from the facto....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

This LeBaron Phaeton reportedly belonged to Ralph Roberts, LeBaron's chief designer. In total, Chrysler ordered 50 Phaeton bodies from LeBaron in 1932. Fourteen were initially shipped, although a few are believed to have been returned to the factory ....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: 7803651
Engine Num: CL1356

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 bo....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

The Chrysler corporation had a benchmark year in 1933, producing some of the most beautiful cars the company had ever built. This wonderful Phaeton by LeBaron, is one of 8 remaining and has won Best in Class at Pebble Beach and other significant awar....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

The Chrysler Corporation produced 31,857 vehicles in 1933. Of that number, only 88 were Custom Imperials and only 9 were LeBaron Roadsters.....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

Historically overshadowed by the daringly radical (and commercially disastrous) 1934 Airflow series, the 1933 Chryslers marked the end of the company's traditional classics and the beginning of the end of Chrysler cars readily adaptable to custom coa....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

The first Chrysler arrived on the market in 1924 bowing as a make concentrating in the medium-price field. By 1929 the company's products included Plymouth, DeSoto and Dodge, all-encompassing the low- and middle-price range. Always one to watch (and ....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: 7803597
Engine Num: CL1302

In the early 1930s Chrysler sought to build and sell large luxury cars at a cost below others in the market. Their entry was the respected Custom Imperial series with characteristically long wheelbases and sleek and fluid look of the other big luxury....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

The current owners purchased this car from the Imperial Palace in the late 1990s. It was featured in the Imperial Palace 1992 calendar. The wooden wheels were a special order item as wire wheels were the standard for this top-of-the-line CL series. C....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: 7803639
Engine Num: CL1345

The Imperial made its debut in 1926, just two years after the start of the Chrysler Company. The early Chrysler vehicles were built in the old Chalmers plant in Detroit and were medium-priced, six-cylinder cars. They were soon joined a four, a smalle....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

Ego might have persuaded Chrysler to join with other luxury car manufactures in developing 12- or 16-cylinder engines, but he never did. Needless extravagance, he thought (and as the Great Depression proved him correct), was unnecessary. Walter Chrys....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

In 1924, the already storied auto industry veteran Walter P. Chrysler introduced a car bearing his own name. From the start, the make had a reputation for exceptional performance. The low and sleek styling of Chrysler's 1931-33 top-line Custom Imperi....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Close-Coupled Sedan
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chrysler went upmarket with their Imperial series, which began in 1926. All were fitted with 6-cylinder engines until the 8's were introduced in 1931. The look of the CL Imperial is credited to industrial designer Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, who created s....[continue reading]

1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: CL 1313
Engine Num: 172-35

This 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton by LeBaron was originally owned by Lou Fageol, a speedboat racer. After about a year, Fageol had his shop install a 1930 Cadillac V-16 engine, number 700132, along with necessary adjustments to t....[continue reading]

Roadster by LeBaron
 
Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis #: 7803657 
Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis #: 7803604 
Roadster by LeBaron
 
Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis #: 7803666 
Roadster by LeBaron
Chassis #: 7803577 
Phaeton by LeBaron
 
Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis #: 7803651 
Phaeton by LeBaron
 
Roadster by LeBaron
 
Phaeton by LeBaron
 
Phaeton by LeBaron
 
Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis #: 7803597 
Phaeton by LeBaron
 
Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis #: 7803639 
Roadster by LeBaron
 
Roadster by LeBaron
 
Close-Coupled Sedan by LeBaron
 
Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis #: CL 1313 


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June 2019
12,941
May 2019
10,903
April 2019
8,987
March 2019
12,169
February 2019
10,368
January 2019
9,054
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1933 CL Custom Imperial
$3,395-$25,545
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial Price Range: $2,895 - $3,395

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chrysler
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)41,496
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)107,872
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)71,295
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)50,010
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)36,929
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)30,220
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)25,291
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)65,500
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)77,881
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)167,843
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)160,670

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