(pictures and text by L. Seddon)
Another rare Chrysler Imperial product! – This time it is an official “Imperial” stand-alone brand from Chrysler Corp! – This car is a 1965 Imperial Crown Series AY-1 2-Door, 6-Passenger Hardtop Coupe, model code; “AY1-M-23”, period age-related Cumberland registration black plate “KRM 110C”, first registered in the U.K. in February 2016.
This car is fitted with a 4-barrel, 360-Hp, 6.8-litre, 413-CID “Wedge” V8 engine, assuming the transmission is original, this car would have a genuine “TorqueFlite” 3-speed automatic. Semifloating 2.93:1 live rear axle hypoid differential, independent torsion bar suspension and rear longitudinal leaf springs, powered-hydraulic brakes, power windows, power steering, etc, painted in “Persian White” (assuming original), with a black vinyl roof, faded light grey leather interior. This was a very luxurious car for its day!
This Imperial is one of only 3,974 examples built for the 1965 model year, making this a very car car nowadays, and an extremely rare car in the U.K. This car would’ve sold for no less than $5,930.00 when new, which – adjusted for inflation would be roughly $51,500.00 in 2020/21 money.
I spotted this car on the way out of a Metallica concert at The Etihad Stadium, in East-Central Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK., on the 18th of June, 2019. This was my fith time seeing Metallica (“WorldWired” tour, featuring Ghost as support), and seeing this gorgeous luxurious MoPar classic parked in the big parking lot on the way out afterwards was such a treat for me!
These photos of the large crowds spilling out onto the wet street after the concert at night-time, passing this very rare classic car surrounded by modern, commonplace cars provides quite an interesting contrast compared to my other pictures of classics. This Imperial got a lot of positive attention from the concert-goers leaving the stadium; young-and-old.