Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday Drivers

















By Imperial decree, you should visit HERE.

7 comments:

  1. HEY SANTA !!! I want all the outfits for Christmas... And the car in the last picture to match ..

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  2. I request nothing beyond the luxury of seats available even in soft Corinthian leather .

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  3. poor, poor imperial. forever trying to nip at the heels of lincoln and never even coming close to smelling cadillacs burning rubber.

    personally, whenever i see one, all i can think of is mr.drysdale slowly driving up to the clampett's front door, while that goofy "mr.drysdale's driving up to the clampett's front door music" played!

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  4. OMG!-we had a '62! But we were even worse than poor social climbing Imperial (as Norma noted) since we bought it used in '65. We were poor social climbing residents of the pine barrens in New Jersey!

    I was that coral pink (like pictures 2 and 4) and all I remember about it is it had a rectangular steering wheel like an airplane. I also remember that at age 5 I could lay down in the back seat, point my toes, and reach my arms over my head and still not touch either door!

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  5. Somewhere, out there in Internet ether is a sweet picture Sandra Dee and her white 1961 Imperial LeBaron - I believe that she is posed sweetly by one of its garish fins.

    And yes, poor Imperial. Always the bridsmaid, never the bride. It started off as Chryler's premiere model and then in 1954 they spun it off as its own brand. Still, it was not referred to as an Imperial by most people, but as the "Chrysler Imperial" and thats what killed it. Highland Park would have been money ahead to have bought the Packard brand from Studebaker and made a run at the luxury market with that name. Just ask the man who owns one.

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  6. and does the man that owns one drive one yet? are we having fun?

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  7. Yes, the Imperial was the redheaded stepchild behind Caddy and Lincoln (you can tell when they had a bad year - the ad copy for the following year's models would be almost painfully earnest in hard-selling them over the competition) - but I think, overall, the Imperials often had the best design and, far and away, the plushest interiors of the three. Besides, here at SSUWAT, we always root for the underdog!

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