1958 Imperial Advertising Images

It is a conundrum as to why there is so much stuff about 1958 Imperials in particular out there to this day. During that year there was a series of published adverts in the like of Life and the Saturday Evening post that comprised of ten different adverts, including one for the limousine, or Crown Imperial - not, of course, to be confused with the Imperial Crown. There were two different fold out brochures issued, also. The black and white edition is the smaller of the two. The colour one is huge and has a dazzling amount of information. There is a video, featuring Tom McCahill of "Mechanix Illustrated", showing the Imperials and other luxury cars being test driven in comparative tests. There are other books and mechanical charts, not to mention a ready supply of technical manuals and owners manuals.

One speculation as to why there is so much material goes as follows: Optimism followed by desperation. 1957 sales were fantastic. The new design was a knock out and the car had everything it needed to succeed. Well, almost everything. Not build quality and good rust proofing, but everything else!   The company began the 1958 model year with many of those problems resolved plus a couple of technical innovations. An additional 20 horse power from raising engine compression and re-working the camshaft, the introduction of an all new four barrel aluminum AFB carburetor made by Carter, and the first introduction of "Auto-Pilot," an early form of cruise control. But sales were very sluggish. There was a mini-recession on top of the previous year's reliability reputation and folks were not in the humour to buy a potential lemon. Sales dropped by half from the previous year, which history says was an all time high for the make, but still, the company had to do something!. So they pushed the car - HARD !

As a result, we can see sales training films and the other publicly oriented materials galore, and I for one, am certainly not complaining. If it seems a little odd to you that there is so much stuff out there about a car you may never have heard of, you have every right to be bewildered. But, as a snapshot of times long gone by, getting to know this information and the car it refers to will be, hopefully, as entertaining for you as it is for me.

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Chrysler & Imperial Ad    215.65%    A day at the beach

Here are two 1958 ads from trade magazines, plus a 1957 ad picture

Limo Ad    beige ad    brochure interior image

Here are two of the 10 public 1958 ads created, plus a brochure picture

ad    ad    ad

Three Swedish Chrysler Corporation Ads

roof    coupe    S58

Three black and white publicity stills

convertible    hdtp    leak

convertible . . . . . . . . . Hardtop . . . . . . . . . checking for leaks

ad    ad    dash

advert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . advert . . . . . . . . . . brochure dash image

ad2    goodyear    wall

advert. . . . . . . . . . . . Goodyear advert . . . . . . . . . . .himself's 58 ad collection

as3    as1    as2

Imperial images in a 1958 magazine, "Auto Show"

ti58    impfluff    fab2a

Time Mag image . . . . '58 LA showroom . . . . . publicity pic

MoPar1    coming soon   

Mopar Service Ad . . . '58 Road & Track Comparison. . . . . . . .

dealer1    dealer2    DEALER3     Banning, CA

Various 50's dealer, plus a 1958 street scene

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