A 1962 pre-production LeBaron

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This rare Imperial was advertised for sale on Hemmings.com in November of 2015.

Here's what the seller had to say about this unique Imperial, in their own words:

For Sale in our Detroit Showroom is a stunning 1962 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron unlike any other you will ever come across. This specific Imperial is a 1962 Pre-Production vehicle that spent its whole life being pampered by a long time Chrysler employee. This specific Imperial was used for Auto Show reveals and even Chrysler commercials in the early 1960s. In 1955 Chrysler made an attempt to completely separate the Imperial nameplate in hopes of competing with large American luxury companies such as Cadillac and Lincoln. Although this attempt failed it does not take away from the amazing design and craftsmanship on this Imperial. With under 17000 original miles this Imperial is easily capable of walking away with multiple awards at any car show. Equipped with a 413CID V8 This Imperial has more than enough power to move around. The monstrous motor is matted to a 3-Speed Automatic Push Button Transmission. This 1962 Imperial is definitely a collectors item especially considering it is a pre-production one of one example that you will never come across again. This Imperial is still dressed in its original Tuxedo Black paint which shows very minimal signs of age and wear. The Tuxedo Black paint does an amazing job at making all the chrome accents on this car really pop. The interior is dressed in Dark Grey and resembles that of a 5 star hotel. The plush vinyl upholstery is nearly new. One of the most striking features is the squared steering wheel which is very unique to this specific generation of Imperials. This flagship sedan is equipped with many features you would not expect from a early 1960s sedan. It is loaded with a full power interior including Power Windows Power Seats and even Cruise Control which is referred to as Auto Pilot. This pre-production Imperial is also equipped with a rear air-ride suspension and a rear A/C which is a completely separate unit that powers the A/C up front. You will be hard pressed to find any flaws with this timeless classic. It rests comfortably on wide white-wall radials with Imperial engraved chrome hub-caps.

Mileage: 16298

Asking Price: $61,000


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Imperial Club Member William Adams wrote:
I have seen the car and the documentation..it was a prototype built at Highland Park in the prototype room, where I worked back in the 1970's. It was built LONG before production....with many one off parts and MANY 1961 components. It also has a prototype VIN number.


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