1965 Imperial Crown Convertible

With low production numbers here's a car that you don't come across very often - a 1965 Imperial Crown Convertible.

This 5,315lb beauty has done just 72,000 miles in its life and also benefits from factory air conditioning - a $462 option at the time.

Designed to compete with Cadillac it had a tough time making a dent in their sales. Cadillac were already at the top of the market and the Crown Convertible was $600 more expensive than a deVille convertible. To top it off Cadillac had just introduced some fine looking cars for '65 as they moved away from the fins era.

65 Imperial Crown Convertible - side/rear

Side / rear view

At the front there were glass highlight covers which was an interesting styling feature that year.

Inside there is the luxury of leather seats in plum.  Standard equipment includes power windows, power seats and a flick of a switch brings the top up and down.  Of course this luxury car also has power steering and brakes.

Note the rare Claro Walnut inserts on the instrument panel and doors. Chrysler claimed that out of each 52 1/2 llbs of harvested Claro Walnut that they could find only 8 oz. fit for Imperial.

1965 Imperial Crown Convertible - Interior

Leather interior - Plum

Under the hood is the original 413 cubic inch V8 (that's 6.7 liters) producing 340 horsepower. Introduced in 1959 this was to the last year for the 413 V8. 1966 saw the introduction of the 440 V8.

1965 Imperial 413 V8

413 V8

Also standard on the car is a TorqueFlite automatic transmission.

Of over 16,000 Imperial Crown cars sold during the 1965 model year, just 633 of them were convertibles ​with a base price of $6,194.

This Imperial is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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