Written by Chrysler Corporation in 1966. Materials provided by J.P. Joans.
Two years after his highly successful introduction of the Chrysler car and the formation of the corporation bearing his name, Walter P. Chrysler invaded the luxury car market. The 1926 New York Auto Show hosted the unveiling of a new Chrysler car, to which he gave the regal name Imperial 80. The numeral 80 stood for the peak speed; the car was guaranteed to do 80 miles per hour, and it quickly became well known for its high speed, low-gear pull, and hill-climbing ability. Many contemporaries called the Imperial the only stock U.S. car of its time that could deliver a truly sports car performance.
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1962 IMPERIAL LEBARON: At 227.1 inches, Imperial continued to be one of the longest cars built in the United States. A new vacuum suspended-type power brake replaced the air-suspended unit used previously, and a small lightweight reduction gear starting motor was introduced.
Also see: 1969-1973 Imperials
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