Vintage PR Photos: 1958 Imperial Crown Southampton – Cold War Warrior?

This PR shot for a ’58 Imperial caught me a bit off-guard. So…nationalistic. One could imagine it to be a Soviet limo, but for the woman’s dress and the big American eagle. It seems heavy handed, to say the least. But then this was 1958, and America was still recovering from the shock of Sputnik, Russia’s bold first space shot in 1957.

Or am I reading too much into it?

This one’s toned down somewhat.

We have a CC on a 1959 Imperial here, but no ’58. Even more shocking is that we’ve never covered the all-new 1957 Imperial, a true milestone car in so many ways. It’s one of our few major gaps in coverage of post-war cars.