by David Zatz • Posted on October 2nd, 2013
Reader Jonathan Francis is seeking out the Chrysler Imperial Lamborghini Edition. This one of a kind car was created in the early 1990s at Lee Iacocca’s request, after Chrysler purchased the fabled but unprofitable Italian automaker. According to the Bob Lutz book Icons and Idiots (pages 135-36), he asked Mr. Lutz to come up with a Lamborghini styling package for the Imperial, like the Frank Sinatra Edition all over again. The target car had its vinyl roof and chrome stripped off, the suspension lowered, gold Lamborghini wheels added, with red paint; the interior was redone in soft cream colored leather. The car did not win Mr. Iacocca’s approval, and the idea faded.
Mr. Frances wrote, “Hopefully, it wasn’t crushed; with the car’s ties to Lamborghini, Lutz, and Iacocca, it has to be one of the most valuable front drive Chryslers.”
Whether that’s true or not, if you have a lead on the car, post it in our forums.
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone....
Fiat S.p.A. announced its second-quarter results from Turin this morning for what could be the last time, if shareholders approve the Fiat-Chrysler merger on Friday.
Worldwide shipments rose 2%, to 1.2 million, in the second quarter as revenues rose 5% to $31.2 billion
NAFTA region shipments grew 10% while Asia Pacific (APAC) region jumped 42%....
According to a report in Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the government is considering offering tax incentives to boost car sales in the country.
“We are thinking of using fiscal levers to encourage a renewal of our car stocks,” Transport Minister Mauritzio Lupi said today. “We are evaluating this project because that is what it means to have an industrial policy for this country.”
“We have the oldest fleet in Europe,” Lupi went on to say....