49,400 Miles 392/345HP V8 AutomaticConvertible

Price: US $79,500.00 Item location: Torrance, California, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Chrysler Imperial
  • Model: Crown Convertible
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: --
  • Year: 1958
  • Mileage: 49,400
  • VIN: LY115166
  • Color: Burgundy
  • Engine size: 392/345HP V8
  • Power options: --
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: --
  • Interior color: Tan
  • Options: --
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description:

1958 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible --

West Coast Classics are proud to present an exceptionally straight and rust free and great daily driving survivor of this very rare and original Mopar - a 1958 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible with its original 392/345HP V8 engine - this 1958 Imperial is a one of the last true 392ci Hemi cars which makes this beauty very desirable and it is the last year for the Hemi to come in an Imperial. This was one of the most expensive cars... produced in 1958 and is extremely rare with a total production of only 675 Crown Convertibles ever built and only a handful to ever survive. This is one of the nicest 1958's to become available in the last several years and we are fortunate enough to be able to offer it for sale as they are now very thin on the ground and exceedingly rare to find. This beauty has been mostly completely restored only as required through the years and is rust free and solid as a rock and she is super straight which is wonderful for such a huge car with such large expanses of sheet metal; that is a testament to the restorer. These 1950's Chrysler Hemi cars are now extraordinarily rare and very desirable and very hard to find in this type of outstanding condition.It's loaded with the following equipment:392ci 345hp Hemi V8 EngineTorque-Flite Push Button Automatic transmissionReupholstered & Correct Specification Full Leather Interior TrimPower SteeringPower BrakesPower WindowsOptional Power Door Locks4-Way Power Front SeatPower AntennaOriginal AM RadioWhite Wall TiresFull Floor CarpetingDirectional SignalsHeater & DefrosterAll Chrome redoneOne of very few such remaining examples and a top-of-the-line model for the Chrysler Corporation.This mostly original car was only restored as necessary over the years with recent new paint and leather interior and a convertible top and boot. Gorgeous inside and out with a solid frame. This is a beautiful, very rare and nicely almost fully optioned 1958 Imperial Crown Convertible in excellent condition inside and out. This car is finished with a beautiful 'Garnet Maroon' exterior color paint complimented by an outstanding fully reupholstered tan leather interior. Overall, this car is in exceptional condition and is a very rare find.Mechanically, the engine and transmission run flawlessly and she drives with no issues at all! The original 392ci 345hp Hemi engine makes moving this great car seem effortless. The motor fires right up and runs as good as new. This 1958 Imperial Crown Convertible is one of the rarest and hardest to find 50's classic cars on the market today and the enthusiast has a very unique opportunity here to own such a rare and original car. We have priced her to sell and you will look long and hard to find a finer example, or indeed even any other example for that matter, available anywhere else!One advantage of Imperials of this vintage was their strength; their crashworthiness got them banned from most demolition derbies for being too durable and too tough to take down. Unlike the rest of the Chrysler Corporation makes (Chrysler, De Soto, Dodge and Plymouth), that began unibody construction for 1960, the Imperial retained separate full perimeter frames for rigidity through the 1966 model year. These substantial frames had a box cross section with crossmembers forming an 'X'. The drive shaft passed through a hole in the 'X' frame. The parking brake gripped the drive shaft, and was not connected to the rear drum brakes prior to the 1963 model year.Another advantage was that Imperial, and all Mopars, received "Torsion-Aire" suspension for 1957. Torsion-Aire was an indirect-acting, torsion-bar front suspension system which reduced unsprung weight and shifted the car's center of gravity downward and rearward. Torsion-bar suspension on the front combined with multi-leaf springs on the rear provided a smoother ride and improved handling. Pillarless hardtops, in both two and four door configurations, got the Southampton designation.Chrysler's best car was spun off as a separate make and division beginning with the 1955 models and what a terrific car it was! Chrysler now had 5 divisions with a line up of cars to match GM in every market level with the Imperial as it's top-of-the-line model directly aimed at Cadillac and Lincoln. Styled by Virgil Exner along the lines of his 1954 Parade Phaeton show cars. A wraparound 'Super Scenic' windshield made it's first appearance and power was supplied by Chrysler's Hemi V8 to ensure the car's heritage as a true and rare milestone car.The Imperial model of the mid 50's and early 60's sold well and remained a strong contender with Cadillac and Lincoln, the two other luxury marques of its day. The 1963 mild face lift design was reminiscent of Virgil Exner's earlier designs and especially the Lincoln Continental which he had styled for Ford. By 1964 the Imperial was completely 'Continental' in character with its fenderline traced in brightwork like the big Lincolns and about the only left over in the design being the familiar hood ornament. Even the dash panel was completely redesigned.The 1957 model year was based to an even greater degree on Virgil Exner's "Forward Look" styling (also used on other full-size Chryslers of the period). It featured a "biplane" front bumper a full-width egg crate grille and quad headlights (where legal). Taller tailfins now encompassed the trademark gunsight taillights and framed a downward tapering decklid that met the rear bumper. Curved side glass was employed for the first time on a U.S. production car. The Hemi engine with a displacement enlarged to 392 cu in (6.4 L) was standard for 1957-58. Power seats and dual exhaust were made standard across the line. A convertible was available for the first time on an Imperial and only offered in the mid-range Crown series. 1958 Imperial Crown convertibleStyling changes for 1958 were limited to the front grille and bumper. Quad headlights became standard. The 1958 Imperial is credited with the introduction of cruise control, which was called "Auto-Pilot", and was available on the Imperial, an