Five years ago, before Curbside Classic existed, and before I knew that other people enjoyed finding old and interesting cars just as much as I did, I came across this 1967 Imperial Crown Coupe. It was located at an auto repair shop that housed a number of cars I’d later come to know as “Curbside Classics.” I rarely drove by this site, located in Quincy, MA, a neighboring town to Milton, where I was living in 2009, but one sunny August day, this big ’67 Imperial caught my eye and I pulled over for a closer look.
It was a rare occasion when I had my digital camera on me (this was before I owned an iPhone), and I snapped up a few quick pictures before going on my way. I was so proud of my find that I even uploaded one of the photos to Wikipedia as a way to share it with the world. Thankfully, we now have a dedicated place to share our finds with Curbside Classic.
This Imperial will always hold a special place in my heart as the car that kicked off my search for curbside classics and is especially befitting of this distinction. 1967 was my favorite model year, and despite only 3,235 examples produced, the Crown Coupe was the second-most popular Imperial of that year. I’ve been into cars my whole life, but as for curbside classics, here’s to the car that started it all!