1968 Imperial Spotter's Guide

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68 LeBaron Fall Day Can you think of a better way to spend a beautiful fall day than cruising the parkway in an Imperial LeBaron? Shown here is a 1968 LeBaron 4-door hardtop. The LeBaron was the highest priced and heaviest car built by Chrysler. Base price was $6,940.
68 Coupe The Imperial offered a coupe only in the Crown series. The rear quarter vinyl roof panels were a standard option. All Imperials used a side trim consisting of dual chrome strips with a black center line which ran the full length of the car.
68 Convertible Front Proud convertible owners. Front view of the 1968 Imperial Crown Convertible. Power top was standard along with power steering, power brakes, power windows and an automatic transmission.
Another view of the front of the '68.
Convertible Rear The elegant convertible was offered in the Crown series. This picture shows the wonderful full width taillight design which was begun in 1967. The convertible was the lowest production Imperial with a total run of 474 units. Base price of the convertible was $6,497. This proved to be a "King's ransom" and few were sold.
Shriner Rear Rear view of the 1968 convertible. Similar in style to the 1967. The taillights light up all the way across the back! At night the rear of the car can be mistaken for nothing else on the road. All 1968 Imperials used the same taillight design.
A gold sedan with a green interior.
Grille Styling changes were subtle and created a new look in 1968. The two piece grill went the full width of the car. The Imperial eagle was encircled in the center.
Another view of the gas door.
Turning lamps were again incorporated into the leading edge of the fender, but unlike the 1967 model, the lenses were encased in bright work.
Coupe Fender mounted turn signal indicators were also used
Sedan Bernice and Sedan... No hood ornament was used in 1968 instead a chrome strip ran the length of the hood.
Front 1 Side marker lamps were now required by Federal mandate. The square amber colored light is placed on the chrome bumper. The bumper and fender were also changed slightly from 1967. The 1968 design has a taller more rectangular design as compared to the lower profile used in 1967.
The headlights and grille from straight on view.
C pillar Eagle LeBaron's carried more ornamentation than did the Crown series. The LeBaron had one of these eagle medallions on each C pillar.
C Pillar LeBaron script Also on the C pillar would be the LeBaron script. This same style script would be used through 1975.
A close-up, detailed view of the LeBaron's windows.
Convertible Interior Traveling in an Imperial is nothing less than majestic. Shown is the Crown convertible with the bucket seats with center arm rest and optional head restraints. Several combinations of leather, vinyl and cloth were offer. This is the bucket seat with leather trim. Styling consisted of a large diamond pattern with three buttons on the seat back. Notice the eagle medallion and the rear center arm rest. Imperials offered individual power seats as an option. .
Trunk The Trunk was spacious and came with a carpeted spare tire cover. The Mounting location of spare tire varied depending on whether car was equipped with dual Air Conditioning.
Here is a side view of the rear trim.
Underhood Optional on the 1967 and 1968 Imperial was the 440 TNT. This engine was rated at 360 horses also came with dual exhaust and a dual snorkel air cleaner. This is a rare option to find on an Imperial.
Wheelcover This is the only wheel cover available on Imperials for this year, which helped give Imperials a more formal look..
AC Compressor Air conditioning was not standard on an Imperial. However, most carried this desirable option. Standard Chrysler mechanicals were used. The 1968 Imperial had the new Auto Temp system which automatically provided cooled or heated air depending on what was needed in the passenger compartment. Once the desired temperature was selected the system would take over and automatically adjust the cabin environment. Unfortunately, the Auto Temp system can sometimes be trouble prone.
Speedometer Another Imperial option is the Auto Pilot. The driver would turn a dial on the instrument panel to set a desired cruising speed. Once the system was engaged the speed would be maintained by the Auto Pilot. Chrysler first introduced this option in 1958. Not yet a standard option, the Auto Pilot was gaining in popularity.
a 440 Standard in all Imperials was Chrysler's 440 cubic inch engine. This engine was first used in 1966 and would continue in the Imperial line until 1975.The engine was rated at 350 horse power at 4400 rpm, and all carried 4 barrel carburetor. Standard equipment also included power steering, power brakes and automatic transmission.
Engine All air cleaners had an aluminum "pie plate" proudly stating "IMPERIAL" in block letters. This is the TNT air cleaner with the dual snorkel
Gas Door The gas filler door is located in the center of the taillight assembly. The door with the eagle medallion pulls down to access the gas cap. The styling was bold yet simple.
Rear Side View Again in 1968 the chrome bumperettes were used to finish the line of the rear fenders. Red side marker lights were required. The lens was held by a chrome and black housing matching the same design as the side trim. As you can see, the side trim has a painted center. The chrome strips were mounted on the raised fender lines that ran the full length of the car. In 1967 there was a single chrome strip that was mounted in the recess created by the raised fender lines.
Drivers Mirror Drivers Mirror
Trunk Trunk
Turnk Trunk

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