Chrysler Imperial is a legend that made its debut way back in 1926 and lived long for seven generations till 1993. The styling and design of Imperial is still considered as one of the best from Chrysler.
The Classic Imperial Sedan
Imperial is seen as a legend in the automotive world. The Auburn Hills car maker designed this beauty of a vehicle and unveiled it to the world for the first time way back in 1926. The vehicle lived across seven generations and was marketed under the brand name of Chrysler from 1926 to 1954 and in its last generation from 1990 to 1993. Chrysler Imperial was the top line model that was designed to compete with prestige class brands like Lincoln and Cadillac.
Let us take a look at all the generations of Imperial one by one.
1926-1930 (1st Gen)
Imperial was marketed either as a 2 door coupe, 2 door roadster or a 4-door sedan. The vehicle was powered by a 4.7-liter V6 engine, which generated 92bhp. A four speed transmission system was added by the end of 1930. The net length of the vehicle was 183.5 inches.
1931-1933 (2nd Gen)
A 4 door limo body style was added to the line. This time the engine got bigger. The 2nd gen Imperials were powered by a 6.3liter engine, which generated an impressive 125hp. The multi-range 4 speed manual transmission was in full flow in this generation. To top it all, the vehicle got bigger with a net length of 212.5 inches.
1934-1936 (3rd Gen)
To everyone’s surprise, the vehicle ditched all the body styles except the 4 door sedan by the time it entered third generation. The bigger and improved engine choices offered power in the range of 130bhp – 150bhp. The transmission was also fine tuned for better supply of powers to the wheels.
1937-1939 (4th Gen)
In its fourth generation, Chrysler Imperial came only as a 4 door limo that comfortably seated 7 adults at a time. The 5.3liter engine generated 130bhp. The transmission system was a 3 speed manual with synchromesh technology. The net length of the custom Imperial model was 223.25 inches.
1940-1948 (5th Gen)
During its fifth generation, Imperial was marketed both as 4 door sedan and 4 door limo. With the help of fluid drive transmission system, the engine churned out a respectable 135hp. The net length of the limo model was 235 inches.
1949-1954 (6th Gen)
The 6th generation was where the Imperial sedan and its various body styles made strong statements across the auto fraternity. During this generation, the Chrysler vehicle was marketed as 2 door club coupe, 2 door hardtop, 2 door convertible, 4 door sedan, and 4 door limo. The two engine options across these variants were a 5.3liter engine and a 5.4 liter engine and the two transmission options were 4-speed semiautomatic and a 2 speed PowerFlite automatic.
From 1955 to 1983, Imperial was not manufactured under the brand name of Chrysler, but in 1990 we again saw the 7th generation of Imperial surfacing up.
1990-1993 (7th Gen)
The only body style available in the 7th generation was a simple 4 door sedan. The two engine choices were a 3.3liter and 3.8liter engine. All the engines came mated to a 4 speed auto transmission system.