Same Owner 29 yrs. 102K Original Miles 440 ci. V8 Mopar 4-Dr. Hardtop Driver 66

1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown 4-Door Hardtop

Make: Chrysler
Model: Imperial
SubModel: Crown
Type: 4 Door Hardtop
Trim: Crown 4-Door Hardtop
Year: 1966
Mileage: 102694
VIN: YM43J63130651
Color: White
Engine: 440 ci. V8
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Blue
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clean
Item location: Mossleigh, Alberta, Canada
Extras
Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Power Seats
Leather Seats
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Description for Chrysler Imperial 1966

OVERVIEW:This 1966 Chrysler Crown Imperial is a very original and complete running vehicle. It is a Detroit built model YM43, 4-dr. hardtop sedan, one of 8,977 units produced. The car is very complete, and is for the most part an original unrestored and unmolested car, currently licensed and in reliable, roadworthy condition.

It retains its original 440 ci. V8, first introduced in 1966, and the odometer has turned over once and now shows 2,694 miles.Standard equipment included power steering, brakes and windows. The car is optioned with dual unit air conditioning, power vent windows, 6-way power front seats, split-bench seat with leather trim, AM Touch-Tuner radio with rear speaker, power antenna, and tinted glass.

These weigh in at 4,965 lbs. This car came out of Portland, OR, and was imported into Canada in 1990. The present owner bought it in 1991 with mileage at 93,596 and has kept it maintained as a reliable occasional driver during the 29 years and 9,098 miles that he has driven it. He has kept a file of receipts for work performed which included rebuilds of various mechanical components as well as body and paintwork in 1992.

Overall a solid car with bodywork and paint finish now showing its age, so there aren’t any hidden secrets. Overall the car shows normal wear & tear of its original miles but remains a decent looking car. It can be maintained in its reliable driver condition, or would also be a excellent candidate for freshening-up given its completeness and unmolested state.

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DRIVETRAIN:The engine is the original 440 ci. V8, rated at 350 hp. and fueled by a Carter 4 bbl. carburetor. It starts easily and runs good with no apparent smoke or unusual noises.Everything under the hood appears as original equipment and its original Chrysler Certicard is present. Everything appears serviceable but the plastic window washer reservoir is cracked.

Engine related receipts include rebuilt carb, water pump, and radiator rebuild, as well as air conditioning rebuild and conversion to 134A refrigerant. The A/C to the rear vents has been plugged off to avoid a common leakage problem, as was recommended by the rebuilder if rear system was to see little or no use.

The original TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission was serviced by National Transmission in 1995 at 94K miles. The transmission shifts as it should, but the shift selector indicator needle has disconnected and rests to the right of 1st gear, however, this does not affect transmission performance or function.Specs indicate a 2.94:1 rear axle ratio. There are no unusual noises coming from the rear diff.

CHASSIS:1966 was the last year for body-on-frame construction. This Imperial rides on a 129” wheelbase, and is 227.8” in overall length. The frame is totally solid and straight, there is no evidence of collision damage or rot issues.

All suspension, steering and driveline components are as original without modifications. Receipts show complete brake system and front end rebuilds in 1992, including all ball joints, shocks, idler arm, and lower control arm bushings.The power steering system was also fully rebuilt in the 90’s., as was the exhaust system. All systems remain in good working order.

The car is riding on original 15” wheels and the running tires are a matched set of Sigma Tempest 235-75R15 whitewall radials with excellent tread remaining, and not showing any age or weather checking. The spare is a used non-matching radial. Hubcaps are original full wheel discs in good condition.

BODY & PAINT:There is no evidence on the body of any collision damage, and the body and sheet metal on this car are quite straight.. Although repainted once, the car retains its original white color.The body and paint was done in 1992, long enough that any repairs would have shown their weak points, so there should be no hidden surprises.

Body caulking along the drip rails has dried up and shrunk and should be replaced, and the worst spot of rust on the car is above the passenger side drip rail, as shown. There are also a few small first time blisters showing up where the passenger side doors meet. The removable rear cowl panel between the rear window and trunk lid was replaced and the white color is slightly off from the rest of the car.Apart from the above, the car appears to be very solid and overall rust free.

The bottoms of the fenders, doors, rockers, and quarters all appear solid with no signs of rust or filler repair.Floor and trunk pans, inner rockers and rear drop down panels are all solid, as are the underside body mounts.These Imperials were originally factory undercoated, and it appears to have done its job pretty well.

The paint is single stage, as it would have been originally, and appears to have been laid on smoothly. A bit of polishing would do well to restore its luster.

INTERIOR:The blue leather interior is still original and very complete. Most of the wear from use is limited to the driver seat, and the car is equipped with seat belts front and rear.The 6-way power split-bench seat also has individual fold down arm rests, rear seat also has a wide fold down arm rest.

All 4 door panels are still in good original condition, although the lower molding needs to be re-installed on the left rear door. Each door has real wood veneer trim, and a working courtesy light, front door arm rests open up to reveal a storage compartment.The headliner is original and has some rips in places. Original carpets still there but color has faded.

The dash is complete with original gauges and optional Touch-Tuner radio, and also has real wood veneer trim. The dash pad is warped and torn and needs to be replaced.

The steering wheel displays the usual few cracks, and also has wood veneer trim on the hub bar.All glass is good with no cracks, but there are a couple of star chips in the windshield.All weatherstrips are original and serviceable, still soft and pliable.

The forward area of the trunk houses the AC unit. The trunk pan is very solid, no rust or rot. Original carpet is in place, cardboard panels are present but somewhat tattered, good for patterns. Original jack and spare hold down hardware are all in place.

ELECTRICAL:The battery is in very good condition. Wiring on the car is original and in good serviceable condition. All gauges and lights are in working order except for the clock. Dash map light and left turn indicator will require new bulb, as will right back-up light.

Glass headlamp doors are NOS with 24K gold stipes and in excellent condition.Front park light lenses are plastic with some gravel rash, rear back-up lenses have checking and light cracks. Tail light lenses are intact.

Windshield wipers and heater fan work in all speeds.Both 6-way power seats also in working condition.Clock and horn not working. The original AM Touch-Tuner radio works and has factory front and rear speakers. The power antenna works but should be lubed as it is a bit sticky in operation.Flip-up AC vents located on top in the dash pad, others below dash, and on the rear package shelf. AC seems to blow cool but not ice cold.

All side windows are power, including vent windows which are a bit sticky.Driver’s window works up and down, others sticky or not working, but we suspect that switch contacts are simply tarnished and need to be cleaned for the right front and left rear windows. The right rear window has never worked for the owner, so that may be switch contacts or something else.

BRIGHTWORK:The pot metal grille is nice and straight with no damage. All other chrome, stainless trim and emblems are there and most of it in very good original condition, with a bit of damage to the molding around the right rear wheel well.All other pot metal items are free of any pitting also.The bumpers are straight and shine, no rust or peeling chrome, very small ding on front bumper.

SUMMARY:This is a decent, solid and complete driver quality Imperial.If you are considering a mi-60’s luxury car to drive right away, something to tinker with, or a cruiser to restore, this may be it!You won’t be spending years or tons of money trying to find missing parts or performing extensive rust repairs.

With recent use minimal, and outside stored the last couple of years, the owner has decided to pass it on to its next caretaker with a very reasonable reserve.

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This hardtop Imperial is being listed on behalf of the owner. Please email ‘carsgoneby@telus.net’ or phone Rick at (403)534-2222 for additional honest and accurate information from a professional auto restorer. All information listed has been gathered from discussions with the owner, brief test drive, and a visual inspection. Over 115 pics are available for viewing at www.jpegbay.com/gallery/007808496-.html#0 . Additional specific pictures are available upon request. No warranties expressed or implied. Successful bidder to make a minimum payment of 50% of closing bid amount (US funds) within 5 days of auction closing, with the balance payable upon vehicle pick up within 21 days (international) or 14 days (US/Canada).Payment must be in certifiable form such as cash or wire transfer. PayPal for deposit only. Other forms of payment only acceptable with time allowance for instrument to clear bank prior to vehicle being released. Any deviation from, or changes to the preceding terms must be reasonable, and should be requested, discussed, and agreed to prior to bidding and auction closing.

IMPORTANT OTHER:

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