In addition to the K-car Chrysler Executive limousine, a lesser known limousine conversion exists of an ’80s Chrysler product: the 1981 Imperial personal luxury coupe. Unlike the Executive, which was a full-fledged model, available for purchase, the ’81 Imperial limousines were aftermarket conversions, ordered by private customers.
I had heard about these before, and found some limited info and these photos on Online Imperial Club. Only about 5 of these ’81 Imperial limos are known to exist. Several different companies including American Sunroof Corporation did these conversions, so there were actually several different body lengths (24″, 30″, and 36″), varying noticeably in appearance.
Among the customers of these limos was an executive at Chrysler, Universal Studios in Hollywood, Burt Reynolds (who used it in Cannonball Run II), and, of course Lee Iacocca’s good pal Frank Sinatra. No word on whether Frank’s was an Imperial FS edition.
Now another hobby of mine is drawing cars. As a kid I used to sketch my interpretations of real cars, as well as designing my own on paper. In more recent years, I’ve begun to draw them digitally, using Microsoft Paint. Upon discovering the existence of Imperial Limousines about 5 years ago, I decided to draw it myself. I drew two different lengths, in addition to the regular Imperial coupe which I updated with a more “aero” front end and toned down bustle-back rear.
I’ve always been fond of the ’81-’83 Imperial, and I think these limousines look pretty awesome. Definitely a limo that would attract attention. Plus, an Imperial is a little more prestigious than a K-car.