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This car was offered for sale on Ebay in June of 2012.
Here's what the seller had to say about this very nice original Imperial:
We are proud to present an exceptionally straight and rust free and great daily driving survivor of this very rare and original Mopar - a two owner car since new this 1965 Chrysler Imperial Crown 2 door Hardtop with its highly desirable original 413 c.i. 340HP V8 engine with only 63K original miles and standard factory options including TorqueFlite automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows and with added options of power seats and original AM/FM radio! One of only some 3,974 Crown Coupes built in '65 and the top-of-the-line model coupe for the Chrysler Corporation. This was the last year for the 413 CID V8 engine with Chrysler retaining a separate body/frame construction to provide extra road noise insulation for its flagship model.
This car has been owned since new by only two obviously very careful and mature owners and seemingly always been garaged as it is both a rust and accident free true survivor car! The car boasts its original 'Patrician Gold Metallic' (Code 771) color paint with original Tan color trim and as stated has had just two owner since sold on January 28th 1965 at 'Barker Motors Inc.,' of Eugene, Oregon and the car will be sold with the original owners 'Imperial Operating Instructions' manual with required maintenance services recorded through 1969 and its original license plate frames (which were removed for the photos)!
The Imperial model of the late 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. One of the models best features were its seats, especially the front ones which used air foam padding with Imperial's brochures referring to them as 'Executive Aircraft-Type Seats'. They were individually powered and gave both driver and passenger a high commanding view of the road ahead or let them sit lower if they wanted. Both seats had head rests which could be adjusted for height or removed and stored in their own compartments in the rear seats and a new feature of the Imperial Crown Coupe was a reclining front passenger seat making sleeping in the cars utterly smooth and quiet performance easy. The car boasted many other creature comforts for its day and was sold with extensive rust proofing being dipped seven times and sprayed six times before the nine coat paint job was applied. The first eight coats were hand rubbed and the last one was machine buffed! Imperial sales were very good in 1964, enjoying its best year since 1957.
The Imperial Crown Coupe was the top-of-the-line model for the Chrysler lineup in 1965 and with only some 3,974 Crown Coupes produced makes any survivors from this era quite rare and would make this particular car a prized asset to any dedicated Chrysler Imperial or MOPAR collection. The original and very powerful 413 V8 engine with 63K original miles runs very strong and and this particular car drives really well - must be driven to be appreciated - does not miss a beat and purrs like a kitten - drives straight as an arrow with no strange road wobbles, shakes or rattles - a truly remarkable daily driver that will give any modern day car a run for it's money!
With very few remaining low mileage Imperials of this caliber left, this is an extremely unusual opportunity to own a great daily driving example of this rare and very desirable 1965 Imperial Crown 2 door Hardtop coupe with power steering and power brakes and power seats in very fine daily driving condition ready and for any classic American car or Mopar enthusiast to enjoy or collect today!
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