Luxury Muscle: 1965 Chrysler Imperial Crown With a 413ci Wedge

Today it seems that just about every car manufacturer is trying blend together performance and luxury. Some even talk like they were the ones who came up with the concept, but cars like this Chrysler Imperial Crown have been rolling with comfort, style and big power since all the way back in the 1960s.

In fact, back in 1965 this Imperial rolled of the assembly line with air conditioning, power brakes, power steering, a padded dash, adjustable steering column, and get this – power seats wrapped in cushy white leather. And the styling? Acres of hood, fenders, and trunk sheet metal with sharp, crisp lines evoke that 60s’ “classy but cool” vibe. In the power department – we all know a big car takes some big cubes to get moving. That’s exactly why Chrysler equipped the Imperials with the legendary 413ci Wedge, which pumped out 360 horsepower in factory form – a very respectable number even by today’s standards.   

We stumbled across this particular 1965 Imperial Crown 4-door hardtop in the for-sale section of Hemmings website. The seller claims that the car is about 90% original, and has just under 82,000 miles on the odometer. It’s even still wearing the original vinyl top, and the factory undercoating is intact with no signs of body rust. Considering the pristine condition of this Imperial, we even think the asking price of $8,900 isn’t all that far off base. We’re already having a hard time fighting off day-dreams of cruising this luxury muscle car on a sunny spring day. How about you?     

About the author

Clifton Klaverweiden

Clifton has been a car fanatic since his late teens, when he started the restoration of his '67 Camaro. He considers himself a student of automotive science and technology, and particularly loves all things LSX. And, although he has an appreciation for everything, from imports to exotics, his true passion will always be for GM musclecars.
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