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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1975 Imperial LeBaron four-door hardtop

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Original 1975 Imperial LeBaron four-door hardtop for sale on From the seller’s description:

Original 9000 mi, prairie survivor. Impeccable condition inside and out. Original interior. Original drive train; engine, transmission, differential, carburetor and colling system. Original paint and chrome and bright work. Original Vintage red vinyl roof. Original chassis and underpinnings. Original power brakes, power steering, Auto Temp heating and cooling system. Plug wires, some electrical wiring, belts, hoses and fluids plus exhaust system components and new tires are recent additions.

A special order Imperial purchased April 8, 1975 by the original owner who authored its Bill of Sale from the local Winnipeg Manitoba Canada Chrysler Imperial dealer and who never drove the vehicle further than 30 miles from the dealership throughout its 45 years. This discerning owner didn’t buy any car, he owned an Imperial Le Baron, satisfied to have invested more than three times the average cost of other full size cars of the day, and having driven the very best.

Step back to a time when only the Corvette and Imperial offered front disc brakes as standard features. Then Imperial alone offered industry leading electronic ignition, carefree Autotemp II automatic climate control system and its renouwned torsion bar suspension system under a grand 129″ wheel base that gave a responsive, yet supple ride. Power windows, power door locks, electric heated rear window, remote power trunk release, … yes. And cruise control too! Remember this was 1975.

What Ricardo Montalban never told you was that, though Corinthian leather was an (expensive) option in the Chrysler Cordoba, Corinthian leather was standard equipment throughout the Imperials, it’s tufted/buttoned cushioned seats were a leading luxury car first. This Imperial has multi directional power split bench seats. A flowing dash that included an industry first ‘chronometer’, AM/FM Multiplex seek and scan radio, power antenna, face level air vents and remote mirror control. The dash sweeps around into plush cushioned door panels with hand pulls, arm rests and electric window and door lock consoles. Opera lighting in the rear tufted roof line quarter panels and both side door and under dash courtesy lighting are elegant.

The imposing nickel plated front grill cascades from the hood over and down the front of the body work down behind the bumper. Hideaway headlights separate the grill piece from the distinctive vertical marker light towers that book end a broad, angular chrome bumper with rubber safety bands and vertical bumper stops.

The space capsule designed curving side body shape adds to interior space but its convex shape optically shallows the height of the side body work as it tucks under the door panels and gives a sleek and streamlined image. The rear bumper dies into the rear light towers that mimic those in front. An elegant logo badge and the script Imperial are tastefully understated.

The venerable 440 ci, V8 engine is mated to the Chrysler designed Torqueflite 3 spd transmission and long-legged 2:91 sure grip differential to power the Imperial Le Baron to super highway speeds with ease and grace.

I have added almost 800 miles to the odometer since I purchased this Imperial and it has performed as a new car would. It excels at highway speeds but has a remarkable quick turning radius and good road manners in city traffic. As long as a Ford F 150 for sure, but no longer and it’s much easier to navigate and park, that I am certain. I have enjoyed the car immensely but know that it needs a life as a reliable driver and not kept cooped up in our storage facilities.

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