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About Imperial

Imperial was the Chrysler Corporation's prestige automobile brand between 1955 and 1975, with a brief reappearance in 1981 through 1983.

The Chrysler Imperial had been the company's most luxurious model, and in 1955 when the company decided to introduce a separate luxury brand, Imperial was the natural choice for the nameplate of the new spin off vehicle line, meaning that the Imperial would be a separate make and division within the corporation and no longer bear the Chrysler name. Imperial would see new body styles introduced every two to three years, a solid underpinning of very dependable V-8 engines and automatic transmissions, and technology that would filter down to the lower rungs of the Chrysler corporation's sister offerings.

1955-56

In 1955 Chrysler introduced Forward Look Styling, which took the industry by storm and featured the styling of Virgil Exner, who would define Imperial's look (and the look of cars from the other four Chrysler divisions) from 1955 to 1963.

The 1955 models are said to be inspired by Exner's own 1952 Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton show cars. The bodyshell was shared with that year's big Chryslers, but the Imperial had a wide-spaced split eggcrate grille (later used on the Chrysler C-300 "executive hot rod") and "gunsight" taillights mounted above the rear quarters. Models included a two-door Newport hardtop coupe (3,418 built) and a four-door sedan (7840 built). The engine was Chrysler's first-generation Hemi V8 with a displacement of 331 in³ (5.4 L) and developing 250 bhp (186 kW).

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2-door
5-seat
V8 16v 6.8L OHV A-3
253.5 kW / 339.9 hp / 339.9 hp        
   

Imperial Custom Southampton (1961)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6750 cm3 / 411.9 cu in / 411.9 cu in, 253.5 kW / 339.9 hp / 339.9 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
5-seat
V8 16v 6.8L OHV A-3
253.5 kW / 339.9 hp / 339.9 hp  637.0 N·m / 469.8 lb·ft / 469.8 lb·ft
   

Imperial Custom Southampton (1962)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6775 cm3 / 413.4 cu in / 413.4 cu in, 253.5 kW / 339.9 hp / 339.9 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, 637.0 N·m / 469.8 lb·ft / 469.8 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 16v 6.8L OHV A-3
261.0 kW / 350.0 hp / 350.0 hp        
   

Imperial Custom Southampton Hardtop (1960)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6769 cm3 / 413.1 cu in / 413.1 cu in, 261.0 kW / 350.0 hp / 350.0 hp, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 16v 6.8L OHV A-3
253.5 kW / 339.9 hp / 339.9 hp  637.0 N·m / 469.8 lb·ft / 469.8 lb·ft
   

Imperial Le Baron (1962)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 6775 cm3 / 413.4 cu in / 413.4 cu in, 253.5 kW / 339.9 hp / 339.9 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, 637.0 N·m / 469.8 lb·ft / 469.8 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 164 km/h / 102 mph / 102 mph top speed

2-door
5-seat
V8 16v 5.4L OHV A-2
186.4 kW / 250.0 hp / 250.0 hp  461.0 N·m / 340.0 lb·ft / 340.0 lb·ft
   

Imperial Newport (1955)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5428 cm3 / 331.2 cu in / 331.2 cu in, 186.4 kW / 250.0 hp / 250.0 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, 461.0 N·m / 340.0 lb·ft / 340.0 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, automatic 2-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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Beyond basic auto insurance

In addition to having enough liability protection, there are some other coverages you should consider:

Collision: Pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, an object or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you are not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid out from the other driver’s insurance company though a process called subrogation. If the company is successful, you will be reimbursed for the deductible.

Comprehensive: Reimburses you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object, such as fire, falling objects, missiles, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, hail, flood, vandalism, riot, or contact with animals such as birds or deer. Comprehensive insurance will also reimburse you if your windshield is cracked or shattered; some companies may waive the deductible on the glass portion of this coverage.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Reimburses you, a member of your family, or a designated driver if one of you is hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage comes into play when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. These coverages are required in 19 states, but available in all. It is important to purchase the same amount of coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists as you have for liability to others.

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