1938 Chrysler Custom Imperial

1938 Chrysler Custom Imperial 1938 Chrysler Custom Imperial 1938 Chrysler Custom Imperial
Limousine
Coachwork: LeBaron
This luxurious LeBaron Imperial Limousine was custom built for Joseph P. Kennedy and used in London from 1938 to 1940 while he served as the United States ambassador to Great Britain.

Chrysler built this Imperial LeBaron on its long 144-inch wheelbase and equipped it with their most powerful 130-horsepower 'Gold Seal' eight-cylinder engine. (Standard Imperials were equipped with 110-hp engines and rode on a shorter 125-inch wheelbase).

This car was specially equipped with European turn signals located between the doors and unique parking lights. The interior features blue and grey broadcloth upholstery, a division window, jump seats, rich carpeted hassocks, double glove compartments, clock, two vanities, rear passenger-operated radio controls, dual floor heaters, seven separate lights, and of course, an electric intercom to the chauffeur. All interior trim is silver-plated. The car cost $4,000 when new.

LeBaron designed privacy into the body with blind quarters and a small oval rear window (with privacy shade). This limousine configuration was very much designed for 'VIP' service.

The Series C-20 Custom Imperial were among Chrysler's largest vehicles available, resting on a 130-inch wheelbase. Power was from a L-head eight-cylinder engine, which it shared with the New York Specials, and offered 115 horsepower. They were fitted with three-speed manual Synchromesh transmissions and had four-wheel hydraulic brakes. The seven passenger sedan was equipped with two auxiliary folding seats in the front seat back. For the five passenger sedans, this space was used for additional storage.

The limousine examples had a division window between the front and rear compartment plus additional folding seats. Most of the C-20s were built by the factory, with 11 examples being sent to custom coachbuilders, mostly Derham.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2010
1938 Chrysler Custom Imperial 1938 Chrysler Custom Imperial 1938 Chrysler Custom Imperial
Town Limousine
Coachwork: Derham
Chassis #: C202188
Sold for $27,000 at 2011 Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction.
This 1938 Chrysler C20 Custom Imperial Limousine is one of 11 built. It wears coachwork by Derham Coach builders. The car has been upgraded with a 12V electric system, air conditioning and overdrive. It can comfortably drive at 70 MPH on the highway.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011

Related Reading : Chrysler Imperial History

The work of LeBaron is considered to be the most remarkable styling of the CG Series Imperials. LeBaron was one of the greatest design firms of the classic era and was established as innovative, creative and completely responsive. LeBaron was founded by Wand Ray Dietrich and was later joined by Ralph Roberts, and though Dietrich eventually left the firm to pursue other interests, the company continued....
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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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Price Comparison

$468-$2,295
1938 Custom Imperial
$2,390-$9,500
1938 Chrysler Custom Imperial Price Range: $2,295 - $2,390

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chrysler
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)36,586
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)161,704
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)115,824
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)67,749
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

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