The Chrysler Imperial was introduced in 1926 and was the top line of vehicles for Chrysler. It’s creation was intended to compete in the luxury car market with marques such as Cadillac, Lincoln and Duesenberg. They offered a variety of body styles: a two/four-passenger roadster (four passenger if car had the rumble seat7]), a four-seat coupé, five-passenger sedan and phaeton, and a seven-passenger top-of-the-line limousine. The model was Called the E-80 due to the fact Chrysler guaranteed an 80 miles per hour all day cruising speed. Production figures suggest there were 9114 created in total but the body style breakdown numbers are vague.
The Imperial’s new engine was slightly larger than the standard straight 6 with improvements including pistons made from Lynite aluminum alloy. This engine was developed by J.B. Macauley, it was 288.6 cu in six cylinder with seven bearing blocks and pressure lubrication of 92 BHP. To deal with the extra weight, the Imperials had a 4.60:1 rear end, which created impressive top-end pulling power.
Some notable achievements were set the year of its introduction including a transcontinental speed record, driving more than 6,500 in the week and it was chosen as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.
The roadster offered for sale is in excellent working condition being mechanically sound. The restoration performed on it is an older one but has had new wooden wheels fitted several years ago. The car is located in New Zealand but can be arranged to be shipped anywhere in the word at your request.