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This Convertible was advertised for auction on bringatrailer.com in June of 2018.
Here's what the seller had to say about this very nice unique Imperial:
Location: Bonner Springs, Kansas 66012
Refurbished in 2014
Rebuilt 440ci Wedgehead V8
Rebuilt 3-Speed Automatic Transmission
Additional Mechanical Updates
Repainted Bronze Metallic
New Leather Upholstery
New Soft Top
Private Party or Dealer: Private Party
This 1966 Chrysler Crown Imperial convertible has been with the seller since 2006 and benefits from a multi-year refurbishment completed in 2017 that features an exterior color change and updates to the interior, along with work to the powertrain, suspension, and braking components. Power is provided by the numbers-matching 440ci V8 that was rebuilt and updated with electronic ignition and mated to an overhauled 3-speed automatic transmission. Receipts documenting the refurbishment and engine rebuild are included in the sale, and this Imperial is offered with repair manuals and a clean Kansas title in the seller's name.
Finished from the factory in Dusty Gold (55-1), the car was repainted in its current Bronze Metallic by the seller. The new black soft top sourced from Haartz is shown raised above and retains a clear backlight as shown in several photos. The 1966 model year would be the final year for body-on-frame construction, and styling changes were limited to a new crosshatched grille and elimination of the previous year's faux Continental spare tire hump.
Factory 15" wheels are fitted with the correct wheel covers and wear a matching set of whitewall tires. Front and rear drum brakes have been rebuilt and are accompanied by new hoses
Per the seller, the interior retains its factory wood trim as well as its original door panel coverings, which were re-dyed in the proper black color. Additional updates include new calf-skin leather upholstery throughout along with a new and correct carpet kit, new door panel backings, a reconditioned radio, and new quartz clock in place of the factory unit.
Apart from the cruise control which has yet to be hooked up, other accessories, equipment, and instrument remain in working order per the seller, including all lights, power windows, door locks, and telescopic steering column. Several interior items are detailed up close in the gallery below. The 5-digit odometer shows approximately 74k miles and is believed accurate by the seller
The rebuilt numbers-matching 440ci V8 was rated by Chrysler at 350 horsepower and 480 ft-lb of torque when new and is mated with a rebuilt TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission. Updates include new fuel hoses the installation of an MSD electronic ignition, and the last service occurred six months ago. Approximately 1k miles have been driven since the rebuild.
Updates to the suspension include a re-fabrication of the torsion bar-equipped front end, new leaf springs and shocks. Several photos are included in the gallery that highlight the condition of the undercarriage, and show the new exhaust and fuel tank.
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