The American car giant Chrysler had used the Imperial name from as far back as 1926 to identify their top of the range cars. It was brought to the fore once more in the 1950s to highlight their new series of luxury vehicles, particularly from 1955 to 1975 and again from 1981 to 1983. The 1959 Imperial Crown is no exception being made during a ‘2nd generation Forward Look’ period when it was all about big wide cars, extravagant tail fins, lots of chrome and very bright colours .
Designed by Virgil Exner and Elwood Engel, the 2-door hardtop was one of several variants. Sporting a V8 engine and with three speed gearbox, the width of the 1959 model was 81 inches and had a height of 56.9 inches. The key words during the late 1950s and early 1960s were longer, wider and lower!
The 1:87 Imperial Crown from Oxford incorporates all the physical features of the original in a lilac-like Persian Pink with white roof, white interior and white steering wheel. The bumpers, wheels inside the whitewall tyres, grille and trim are all silver. The Crown badges are printed on each side of the bonnet above the headlights, while the Imperial boot badge is embedded in the boss on the rear spare wheel cover. The car is registered in Utah 59 DC 4265.
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