1962 Imperial Spotter's Guide

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Model Type Factory Price Production Notes
Imperial Custom 2-door



Imperial sales were up 17% over 1961
and were the highest since 1957.
60% came with air conditioning
64% had power seats
95% were equipped with power windows
There were no Ghia-built Limousines in 1962.
Imperial Crown 2-door



Imperial LeBaron 4-door



There are some nifty distinctions to be seen on the sixty-two Imperials.
+ Fender-mounted "Sparrow Strainer" tailamps
In 1955 and '56 Imperials had fender mounted tailamps, but they looked nothing like this! A cue from the jet-age where cones had to be developed to put in the front of jet engines, as birds were flying in and planes were crashing.
+ Split grill
Post war split grills occured on Imperials in 1955, 1956, 1962, 1964 and 1974+
This was the only year with free-standing headlamps and spilt grill.
+ Free-standing headlights
Affectionately known as "bug eyes", these are distictive to the 1961-63 Imperials. With the turn indicator resting above them, and the second level fender element below them the visual height of the front is broken down. You can imagine polshishing the chrome on these is some work.
+ First year for Imperial Eagle hood ornament
Just as you'll see 1961 Flightsweep deck lids on 1962's you'll see the eagle on some 1961's, but neither options were available.
+ LeBaron's formal rear window
You'll see the formal windows in 1980's and 1990's model cars and they are a trevesty when compared with the beauty. This is arguably one of the finest years for the formal LeBaron windows on Imperials.
+ LeBaron Cloisonne
Back when LeBaron was mark of the finest workmanship, this cloisonne would grace your Imperial on the c-piller.

+ Southampton's b-pillar free appeal
The hardtop allure is evident in this shot of Greg Wright's Crown Southampton. (That's his car in the "bug eye" picture above too!)

+ Distinct rear window in 2-door Crown Coupe
Half-width window of this two-door Crown Southampton is an interesting look when you are used to the full version.

+ Side Trim
The side trim on a sixty-two Imperial is distinct from the sixty-one and sixty-three. It extends from the headlamp 'eyebrows' down the full length of the car, slightly drooping, and ends just where the tip of the sparrow-stringer tailamp starts. Both the sixy-one and sixty-three side trim flare to a shape at the trailing end, the sixty two just tapers off as seen on Don Stratton's convertable pictured here.

+ Fender mounted turn signal indicator
A rare dealer installed option as seen on Paul E. Niemi's LeBaron.

+ Trunk Lock
The flight sweep decklid was not available for this year, but you'll see people put the sixty-one decklid on the sixty-two anyway sometimes.

+ Right side rear view mirror
The same sculptural shape of the left side, the right side mirror must be for appearance only because this car has high visibility and only in the most obscure situation would this mirror be acutally needed.

+ Six switches for those who opted for power vent windows
Note the door handle pulls back (left in this picture) to open, and pushes forward to lock.



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