Chrysler Corporation treated the Imperial as its own marque until 1975 with unique features, trim and styling that set it apart. In 1959 they didn't scrimp on power, either, rating the 413 cubic inch Imperial V-8 at 350hp at only 4,800 rpm. Vividly styled with chrome pods for the quad headlights, an aggressive five-element grille and gunsight taillights in the Imperial's "Forward Look" finned rear fenders, it commanded attention. This 1959 Imperial Custom hardtop displays other elements that set the Imperial apart. Its brushed stainless steel covered "Silvercrest" roof was an option, set off by black paint and a fabulous interior in mauve vinyl with black cloth inserts. Its power adjustable swivel front seats have a small cushioned section with fold down armrest between them which seamlessly transitions from individual seating to a three-abreast bench. The rear deck features the "Flightsweep" spare tire debossment. The pushbutton signal-seeking "Electric Touch" radio has a power antenna. Power steering, brakes and windows are complemented by Chrysler's "Autopilot" cruise control for effortless driving. Exceptionally, this is a largely original car with one repaint and chrome as needed. The interior is original; the engine compartment is detailed even to the extent of having a faux tar top battery as it would have had in 1959. The trunk is impressively original with carpet and spare tire cover. The Imperial's power gets to the road through a set of bias ply whitewall tires. It is a highly original car with attention as needed to keep in it good original condition and an example of the best that Chrysler built in 1959, and that is very good.
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