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Rare 1955 Imperial Newport 2 door. One of only 3418 ever built, this vehicle is from my
father’s car collection. My father purchased the car in 1995 from a man in Oakland Ca. During his ownership here
in California he kept the car garaged and drove it occasionally on club functions. The battery is new and the 331
Hemi engine starts right up. The car runs, drives and stops well. The master cylinder and power brake booster were
replaced a few years ago. The car comes with real wire wheels. The glass all looks good. The car has some pitting
of the chrome, some surface rust in a few spots, some surface cracking of the leather interior, one tear in the
seats (measuring about an inch long). Original color is cream and it is now painted white with the gold top.
Hagerty valuation tools lists the value of this car at $79, 700 if it were restored to “#1 Concours” condition
and at a value of $16, 800 if in “#4 Fair” condition. This car meets or slightly exceeds the #4 condition
description but is not a “#3 Good” example, in my opinion.
Brief History of the 1955 Imperial: With understated elegance and a well-deserved reputation for excellent
engineering, the Imperial marked the pinnacle of the Chrysler product line. Notably, 1955 marked the registration
of Imperial as a separate marquee within the Chrysler Corporation, and the completely new-for-1955 models benefited
from the full stylistic influence of the renowned Virgil Exner.
For 1955, Imperials were available in two forms: the C-69 short wheelbase version known as the Newport Coupe or
Sedan, along with the C-70 long wheelbase sedan version named the Crown Imperial. Featuring excellent build
quality, the upscale Imperial was priced from $4, 483, providing a very attractive alternative to the contemporary
offerings from Cadillac and Lincoln.