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.
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