1960 Imperial

The 1960 Imperials were some of the most dramatically-styled automobiles Detroit ever conceived with headlights set at the far outside edges of the front fenders under prominent overhands, a large and finely detailed grille, veed front bumpers and elegantly sloped rear fender fins that carried the gunsight taillights that had become an Imperial trademark. Produced in small quantities, Imperials received Chrysler's finest materials and attention to detail. One of the Imperial's most dramatic features was the optional roof treatment as seen on this 1960 Imperial Custom sedan, a thin chrome accent along the roof's edge that surrounded brushed stainless steel inserts above the doors. This is a particularly satisfying example, a one-owner car recently acquired from an estate with just 22,990 miles and its original interior with embossed Imperial logos. Like all Imperials it boasts power steering, power brakes, dual exhausts, undercoating and a clock but it also has the optional Flitesweep rear deck simulating the spare tire enclosure. It runs and drives extremely well and has dead straight bodywork with one quality repaint with unusually close attention paid to often-overlooked details like the door jambs and hinge posts. The original upholstery and interior trim are complemented by the Imperial's gorgeously intricate and elaborate instrument panel and gauges. It is a rare and distinctive automobile of which just 2,335 were built. 350 horsepower from its 413 cubic inch V-8 means it is no slouch on the road, either.

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