Discovered just yesterday is a very rare 1967 Imperial Crown convertible you can find here on Craigslist in Chesapeake, Virginia where the private seller just reduced his asking price to $29,900 but is open to reasonable offers due to a family emergency. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the private seller currently has his Imperial priced halfway between the #2 “Excellent” level of $34,500 and the #3 “Good” level of $24,700. Personally, we would start with an offer of $25,000 to see if it sticks.
From 1955 through 1975, Imperial was a separate luxury brand by Chrysler throughout the 1960s that sold in much lower numbers than its Cadillac and Lincoln rivals. For 1967, Imperials received a complete redesign. Unlike previous years, the new Imperials relied on the C-Body unibody platform shared with other full-size Chryslers, the only difference underneath being a three inch longer “K” Member that carried the front suspension and engine. While Imperials shared the unibody platform, they retained a custom body shell. Unlike previous years, the new Imperial’s styling was very distinct that did not look like any of the other luxury brands. The most distinctive feature was the tail light design that spread the entire width of the car. With their limited production quantities, Imperials were essentially hand built to very high quality control standards at the time. The convertible Crown model featured here is among the rarest, with only 577 produced.
The private seller reports that while the previous owner carried out “extensive engine and transmission work,” the current caretaker spent $45,000 cosmetically restoring his Imperial to the condition you see in these pictures. That cost includes a full bare metal respray in the original Tahitian Blue, a Seville grain white convertible top with glass rear window, and beautiful dark blue deep pile carpets in both the passenger cabin and the spacious trunk. Most interesting was the current seller’s choice to replace the original ripped blue leather with white “marine leather” in a diamond tuft pattern which the seller claims is the correct pattern for the Le Baron models in 1967 that is accented with dark blue piping. While a custom deviation from what the factory provided, it looks great and really works on this car. One additional luxury touch was the replacement of all the original wood trim with real walnut.
The typical vast list of options this Imperial features includes functional air conditioning, Tilt-telescopic steering wheel, power front disc brakes, power steering, power windows, power seat, the original AM-FM “Wonder-Bar” radio, and a power antenna. Mechanically, this Imperial feature a recent brake rebuild.
Including in the sale are several boxes of small spare parts plus three extra wheel covers. Given the rarity of Imperials, you’re much better off buying a completed car such as this one than spending years hunting for hard-to-find parts. This is an incredibly luxurious and capable land yacht that will waft you comfort as it turns heads and wind trophies at each show you enter it in. Good luck with the purchase!