1961 Imperial Crown Series RY1-M

Chrysler Design Chief Virgil Exner's Imperial, 'America's Most Carefully Built Car,' was the company's top-of-the-line offering for 1961 and came powered by a 350 horsepower version of the 413 cubic-inch 'Wedge' V8 fitted with a single four-throat carburetor and mated to a TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission, and operated by dashboard-mounted pushbuttons. It wore Classic Era styling cues that included free-standing head and tail lamps, body-side chrome 'sweeps,' and the imprint of a 'continental' spare in the rear deck lid. In keeping with the trends of the time, it had towering tailfins, large bumpers with generous amounts of chrome, and a jet cockpit-inspired interior complete with a squared-off steering wheel and body-color dashboard.

Bodystyles included a 2- and 4-door hardtop and a convertible. The four-door was the most popular with 4,769 examples built with a factory base price of $5,650. The two-door version sold for $5,400 and 1,007 were built. The convertible was the most exclusive and expensive, with a base price of nearly $5,800 and 429 sold.

Both the Imperial Crown and Imperial Custom models were nearly identical, however, the Crown came with power seat, vanity mirror, power windows, outside rearview mirror, and a rear license plate frame. Like the Custom, power steering and power brakes were standard. Both the Custom and Crown rested on a 129-inch wheelbase and rode on 8.20x15 tires.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2020

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1961 Imperial Crown Series RY1-M vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Exner

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1961 Imperial Crown Series RY1-M vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Exner

Chassis Num: 9214109309

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1961 Imperial Crown Series RY1-M vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Exner

In an effort to establish itself as a legitimate contender in the luxury class, Imperial became a stand-alone division of the Chrysler Corporation in 1955. For 1957, Imperial received an all-new exclusive platform. The 1957 through 1961 Imperials rep....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 9214109309 
Convertible Coupe
 




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$1-$5,400
1961 Crown Series RY1-M
$5,775-$22,755
1961 Imperial Crown Series RY1-M Price Range: $5,400 - $5,775

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Imperial
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)13,742
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)18,409
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)23,295
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)14,121
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)14,337
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)12,258
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)17,719
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)17,269
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)16,133
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)37,593
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)

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