Turbine Bronze: 1967 Imperial Crown Four Door Hardtop – $11,000

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Chrysler’s technological prowess was on full display in 1963 when it conducted a proof-of-concept program with fifty lucky consumers provided with stunning bronze-colored, Ghia-bodied, turbine-powered prototypes.  While turbine-powered Chryslers never materialized beyond the pilot, “Turbine Bronze” became a popular color combination on the company’s other offerings.  A stunning example of this great-looking color is this 1967 Imperial Crown Sedan currently listed here on Craigslist in Long Grove, Illinois (Chicago). Reported to be an 86K mile survivor, the current caretaker and apparent Imperial enthusiast is asking $11,000.  Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Crown Hardtop priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $9,300 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $14,800.  Interestingly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool provides a slightly different assessment as the asking price lands between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $9,200 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $15,800.

Imperial styling was completely new for the 1967 and 1968 models. Using a two-inch shorter wheelbase, Imperial switched from the body-on-frame platform (D-body) to a unibody platform (C-body platform used in other full-size “Mopars“.) While Imperial’s front K member was 3.0 inches (76 mm) longer than a Chrysler’s, dimensions behind the front fenders were similar. One reason for the change was that Chrysler had gained experience with unibody construction and was ready to apply it to the company’s flagship line.

The economic component was that the switch to the C-body was less expensive than maintaining a separate platform for Imperial, which was increasingly difficult to justify given Imperial’s relatively low sales volume. The new platform resulted in a significant reduction in weight as well as in exterior and interior dimensions. With the partnership gone between Ghia and Chrysler, limousines based on the Imperial were produced by Armbruster-Stageway of Fort Smith Arkansas. The limousines were “sectioned”, with 36 inches added, most of that between the front and back doors with a few inches added between the rear door and the rear wheel, allowing room for two rear-facing seats with a small console/bar in between. The limousine conversions were longer than the earlier Ghia cars, and longer than the Cadillac Series 75 limousines.

Imperial shared the unibody platform with other full-sized Chrysler Corporation cars, but retained a unique bodyshell. The styling kept the overall straight-line, sharp-edged Engel theme, but there were many detail changes intended to make Imperial look less like Lincoln and more into its own territory. The spare tire bulge was completely gone from the rear, although the boss remained. The practically full-width taillights spread out from it, straight, but ended before chrome-tipped rear wings. A base Imperial model, simply called Imperial, returned for the first time since 1963, complementing the Crown and LeBaron levels of trim. It was the first four-door pillared Imperial sedan since 1960. New standard features included dual brakes with upfront discs and lane-change blinkers.[26] Dual exhaust was no longer standard on the convertible. The only way to get it was to order the “TNT” version of the 440 engine, an option that promised more power.

By the private seller’s account and the pictures provided, this Crown Hardtop appears to be a well-sorted, survivor example in a great color combination.  While Imperials are Chrysler products underneath, the fact this seller is clearly an Imperial enthusiast (he is selling several at the moment) will likely provide some peace of mind on what to look for on this Crown.  If you are serious about buying this rare four-door hardtop, you can start the conversation by emailing the private seller your contact information. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Imperial featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s an Imperial commercial from 1967 highlighting the rare “Mobile Director” option that the ad directors clearly did not think through when they put this together:


Here’s the seller’s description:

“I call back only, so leave a number with questions. Please read the entire AD
Other Nice Imperials Available, read below

1967 Chrysler Imperial Crown sedan True Survivor. 86,100 Original Miles, V8 – 440 Engine. Top paint code=Turbine Bronze from the famous Chrysler Turbine car. Bargain at 11k, recent documented sale 13k

This Imperial is in good operational order. Every system is gone thru and renewed. Drive it coast to coast with confidence. Garage kept since new. The engine runs strong . This is one of those cars you would assume would be in worse condition once you would see it, you will be proven wrong. These sell for avg $8k and are not even close, tow aways.
Transmission solid, and no fluid leaks. The tires are fresh
, and the exterior is in very nice condition, retaining all
of it’s original metallic bronze paint. The black leather interior is also in very nice condition ie No dash cracks says it all
A/C blows cold
Power windows work fast
AM radio motorized scanning works(foot control)
Rear window shade option
Auto headlight dimming system option rebuilt $500, works
The original clock no longer keeps consistent time.
Perfect glass and all mirrors
Perfect black vinyl top, no bubbling
Chrome and trim bright and pits are scarce. The tail light chrome assembly is the area that shows minor pitting.
WA state car, recent Wisconsin title.

Service Manual, build sheet, dealer service card original invoice, will be included with the sale.

There is no need to sell the car, that is the price that will buy this rare survivor offering.
Wishy washy buyers please don’t waste my and your time. Car shown in Police parking lot.

Other Imperials
1983 Mark Cross leather Blue 42k $8500
1959 Crown Loaded swivel seats auto headlight $24,000

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