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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:1932
Designed by:LeBaron
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 20, 2023
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIntroduced in 1926 as the top-of-the-range model, the Chrysler Imperial was comprehensively revised for the 1931 model year. Known as the Series CG, the all-new Imperial represented a major step forward both mechanically and aesthetically.

Gone was the straight-six engine used previously and it was replaced instead by a larger and more powerful 'eight'. Equipped with a single Stromberg carburettor, the 6.3 litre flathead engine produced an impressive 125 bhp. It was mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.

The new 'Imperial 8' drivetrain was mounted in a straightforward steel ladder frame. Suspension was through semi-elliptic leaf springs with hydraulic shock absorbers. on all four corners. The CG Imperial was also equipped with hydraulic drum brakes. It also featured adjustable seats and steering column.

The new Imperial was instantly recognisable by its V-shaped radiator. Chrysler offered customers the choice of four standard body styles and also four semi-custom designs by LeBaron. Additionally, 99 chassis were delivered as rolling chassis to specialist coach-builders for 'Individual Custom' designs.

Built into 1932, Chrysler produced 3,228 examples of the very expensive Imperial. Later in 1932, the Imperial range was updated with the smaller engined Series CH and the Series CL that superseded the CG. For 1933, the 'junior' Imperial became the Series CQ, while the CL continued on unchanged.

The Imperial model was completely revised again ahead of the 1934 model year, adapting the revolutionary 'Airflow' aerodynamic design philosophy.

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