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Imperial Crown (1961)


Imperial Crown (1961)

Chrysler made Imperial a marque in its own right in 1955 and aimed it squarely at the luxurious Cadillacs and Lincolns. The spectacular-looking 1957 Imperials, deigned by stylist Virgil Exner, had ideas which were continued into the early 1960s. His quad headlights continued, but this time he put them in small body coves to make the car stand out from the prevalent integrated look. The car continued the tradition of a separate chassis which helped reduce noise intrusion and vibration, important for such a luxury car. Chrysler's torsion bar suspension was also fitted up front, which was a big improvement over coil springs, to make Imperials one of the best-riding premium cars. The tooling costs of the Hemi meant a new engine was designed, called the 'Wedge Head'. Not only was this cheaper, but it also required less tune-ups and was more flexible throughout the rev range.

Imperial Crown (1961) Specifications

Top speed:120 mph (192 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):10.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:413 ci (6,767 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:350 bhp (261 kW) @ 4,600 rpm
Max torque:470 lb ft (637 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:4,790 lb (2,177 kg)
Economy:15 mpg (5.31 km/I)
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