What makes something classifiably “rare?” How about when only 36 were made almost a century ago? We think that counts – that’s why we’re highlighting the amazingly rare 1933 Chrysler Imperial today.
With America deep in the throes of the Great Depression, 36 was a reasonable production number for this luxurious Chrysler model. The base price of the rare 1933 Chrysler Imperial was $3,395 – a hefty chunk of change in one of the toughest economic eras of all time.
The Imperial featured an inline, 384.4-cubic-inch, 8-cylinder, vibration-free engine (why vibration free? Thanks to Chrysler’s innovative “Floating Power” engine mounts). Today, a recently returned-to-the-light Imperial has been renovated with 1933-era restorations, like hydraulic brakes and a wing-vented second windshield.
The 1933 Chrysler Imperial has to be in the running for being one of the most beautiful vehicles of all time – one look at this phaeton, and we’re pretty sure you’ll agree.