(Click on the small image to see a more detailed picture.)
In 1996, I bought my 1955 Imperial Custom. I saw her at a local car show near
my home in The Netherlands. As you can imagine, these cars are very
rare in The Netherlands. I had never seen a 1955 Imperial, although I can
remember I saw one 45 years ago. Although it was not my intention to buy such a
large car, I decided to buy it. Her condition is very original, though I have
had to address several problems over the years, including repairs that I have
made to the power brakes, radio, water pump, power steering hose, and a wheel
bearing. Last year I bought new tires which are identical to the original
ones. The car looks excellent, and is in a very good condition.
But still, it is a very large car, and I don't drive her often. Everybody is impressed when he (or she) sees the car.
The 1955 Imperial only came in two body styles, the Newport (a coupe) and the Custom (a sedan).
Otto and his 1955 Custom Imperial
The side "spear" chrome is unique to the 1955 Imperial and beautifully illustrated in this photo.