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.
Dodge has released pricing for the full Charger lineup, starting with the V6/eight-speed Dodge Charger SE at $28,990 (all prices include $995 destination for the “49 states”). Charger was thoroughly renovated for the 2015 model year, with a new look, suspension and electronics revisions, a standard eight-speed automatic for ever engine, and other upgrades. The top Charger, the SRT Hellcat, has [...]
Keeping a years-long tradition, Chrysler today released a number of “teaser images” for concepts to be revealed at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each brand is covered, though Chrysler has but one car — the 200S. That can be explained by the status of the brand’s three cars: the 2015 300 has yet to be launched, and the [...]
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette. The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission). Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
Allpar’s informal sources have agreed that there are plans for a new Dodge Viper ACR, debuting for the 2016 model year, possibly replacing the current TA (Time Attack) model. Artist suzq044 provided the following rendering, which uses SRT’s trademark black wheels and a Dodge concept-car semi-rendering. The Viper ACR may have a mild power boost, but will be mainly a suspension and/or airflow upgrade, to increase track [...]