There were only 514 of these cars made, so you may not recognize this beauty. Imperial was the luxury division of Chrysler, designed to compete with GM's Cadillac and Ford's Lincoln divisions. The goal was to offer even greater luxury than those brands at a 15-20% price premium. I guess that strategy missed the mark, given the disparity in production numbers. Nevertheless, they are remarkably luxurious vehicles. Fans of Mad Men and Pawn Stars might recognize these cars.
We are awaiting the "birth records" from Chrysler's Historical Records group to confirm that this car was originally owned by Bob Hope, the comedian. I have been told that two early production 66 Crowns were delivered to 20th Century studios in Hollywood. One became Mr Drysdale's car in the Beverly Hillbillies while the other (in Regal Blue with black leather interior)went to the show's executive producer, and Imperial celebrity spokesman, Bob Hope.
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