"I got me a Chrysler, it seats about 20; so hurry up and bring your
jukebox money!" While not technically a Chrysler, the B-52's lyrics
in "Loveshack" had it right all along.
This Imperial Crown Saratoga Convertible (VIN code 2) is one of
only 618 examples made in 1960 and one of 17,703 total Imperials
made in 1960. It was assembled on November 11, 1959, in Chrysler's
Imperial factory in Detroit, Michigan (VIN code 4). The previous
owner acquired the vehicle in 2017. Which had underwent a cosmetic
restoration before his purchase.
The car's exterior is in overall excellent condition with only
minor blemishes visible at close range. The car was repainted under
prior ownership according to the seller. It features a contrasting
white, power-folding top that is in very good order. The car's
chrome bumpers fit tightly to the body. Chrysler's 1960 styling
included fender-mounted sideview mirrors, requisite tailfins and a
stylized spare-tire bump fashioned into the trunk lid. The engine
bay is very tidy and the battery appears new.
This car rolls on Coker Classic wide whitewall tires, size
225/75R15 at all four corners. Each tire is wrapped around
tru-spoke wire wheels. The wheels and tires are all in very good
order and a full-size spare tire resides in the trunk. This car
rides on a 129-inch wheelbase.
Under the hood is a 413 CID Wedge V-8 engine (code P-41) with a
10.1 compression ratio. Backing up the motor is a TorqueFlite
three-speed automatic transmission (code A466) and a 2.93:1 rear
end. An oil change was completed in 2022. Driver convenience
features include air-conditioning, power steering, four-wheel power
drum brakes, power locks and power windows. The A/C compressor
engages, but the blower is inop at time of listing. We are looking
into the problem currently.
There is a replacement red interior with a color-coordinated
dashboard and door panels. The red vinyl bench seats look great but
one of the buttons on the driver's side seat bottom is missing,
though the rear bench sports a center fold-down armrest. The black
carpet offers some contrast while the metal dashboard matches the
seats. The gauge cluster has a speedometer and a full set of
ancillary gauges. On the left side of the gauges is Chrysler's
push-button transmission. The two-spoke, square steering wheel with
rounded corners is in overall great condition while the red inner
door panels are also in very good order.
The 1960 Imperial adopted wildly exaggerated styling, featuring
front fascia with a swooping bumper, gaping mesh grille, giant
chrome eagle, and hooded quad headlights and tall rear fins.
Soaring fins had bullet-style tail lamps at the peak of the fin,
with a chrome ring surrounding it. The grille and bumper on the
front of the 1960 used large pieces of heavy chrome, and the
'furrowed brows' of the fenders over the double sets of headlights
gave the car a ponderous look. In common with most other 1960
Chrysler products, the Imperial featured the new "High-Tower" seat
with the driver-side back individually contoured and raised above
of the rest of the front seat for increased driver comfort and
shoulder support. Also for 1960, Imperial changed back to 15-inch
wheels from the 14-inch wheels that had been standard since the
1957 model. While the rest of Chrysler's lineup adopted unibody
construction, Imperial retained its body on frame construction.
Documents include the original owner's manual.
Convertible competition to this Imperial in 1960 included Buick's
Invicta, Cadillac's Eldorado Biarritz, Chrysler's New Yorker,
Dodge's Polara, Lincoln's Continental Convertible, Mercury's Park
Lane and Oldsmobile's 98 Convertible.
If you are an Imperial fan, a Chrysler groupie or you simply enjoy
a great classic, post-war convertible, this Chrysler offers a lot
of possibilities. Stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars today to view it
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis,
Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 13,840 miles. It is
sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt KY
title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
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