Imperial Home Page -> Imperials by Year -> 1953 -> Specifications
The complete 1953 Chrysler corporate line was introduced October 30, 1952. The Custom Imperial Newport hardtop was introduced on March 18, 1953. Its base price was $325 over the sedan but in a price war with the other "Big Three", Chrysler instituted a general price cut on March 25, and the new model was reduced by $45. A week later, the delivery and handling charges for Imperials were raised $10, so the customer came out $35 ahead.
Although the Imperial looks very similar to the '53 New Yorker, they have different wheelbases, taillights and side trim. Clean front fenders and a higher rear fender also set it apart. This is the first year for the stylized eagle hood ornament. Power brakes and windows, center folding arm rests (front and rear) and a padded dash were standard. Parking lights on all Imperials were positioned between the top and center grille moldings.
The Custom Imperials carried serial numbers C58-7765001 to 7773869. Crown Imperials had serial numbers C-597816001 to 7816162. Motor numbers fell in the C53-8-1001 to 86292 range. The engines from different lines were being manufactured in mixed production, so there is no exact record of Imperial's engine code range..
V-8 331 Cast iron block
Displacement : 331.1 cubic inches
Bore and Stroke : 3.81 x 3.62 inches
Compression Ratio : 7.50:1
Brake Horsepower : 180 @ 4000 rpm
Main bearings : Five
Hydraulic Valve Lifters
Carburetor - Carter WCD 935S
Wheelbase : (Custom hardtop)131.5"
(sedan and limo) 133.5"
(Crown) 145.5 inches
Overall length : (Custom hardtop) 219"
(Crown) 229 inches
Tires : (Custom) 8.2 x 15
(Crown) 8.9 x 15
At the beginning of the model year Fluid Torque was standard equipment on all Imperials. In June, 1953, Powerflite fully-automatic transmission was introduced and made standard on all Imperial models.
Power disc brakes (standard on Crowns)
Power steering ($177 for Custom and standard on Crowns)
Outside rear view mirrors
Continental wheel kits
Locking gas caps
Spare tire valve extension
Virgil Exner joins Chrysler design and will have a profound effect on the company and its future car design trends.
Information on this page was obtained from The Standard Catalog of Chrysler 1924-1990 by John Lee and Chrysler Chronicles by James Flammang.