Sleek Art Deco-Inspired Styling by Ray Dietrich
Retaining correct control handles and fittings, the Imperial’s Tan cloth interior is nicely restored to a factory appearance and quite inviting. The dash remains mainly original with factory instruments Exuding a dignified presence with its black paint finish, this Imperial is highly attractive, with beautiful Art Deco-inspired bright trim accents. Correct triple-pin striped, body-color steel wheels mount chrome beauty rings, chrome Chrysler-scripted hub caps and wide Whitewall tires.
Practical Elegance and Plenty of Room for Friends and Family
The interior has been retrimmed in modern Red and Black cloth upholstery and Red carpeting; otherwise, the interior remains mainly factory stock in appearance, including the Art Deco-inspired dash and instrumentation. A correct steering wheel remains in place and the gearshift lever is of column type. Added turn-signals and seat belts enhance safety and security while touring. Unlike many prewar classics, this Imperial also features a very nice headliner without sags and tears. Triple windows at each side enhance visibility while touring.
Robust 8-Cylinder Power and Advanced Chrysler Engineering
The numbers matching 323.5 cubic-inch “Flathead” straight-8 engine drives a 3-speed manual transmission. According to the highly knowledgeable Seller, the engine’s original Stromberg AAV-2 carburetor and original automatic choke mechanism work as they should. Inspection of the engine, retaining correct factory components and finishes, begins to reveal the huge investment of time and capital made in the Imperial’s restoration. A quick look underneath shows the solid starting condition and very well restored and preserved condition of the Imperial’s underside, chassis, and running gear. Braking is quite sophisticated for the era, with factory-original hydraulic brakes.
Ready for Touring and Showing Enjoyment
As offered, this 1939 Chrysler Imperial C-23 Sedan is offered with a shade over 82,100 miles. An obvious labor of love and the object of desire for the previous owner who had the car restored, this 1939 Chrysler Imperial C-23 Sedan is a wonderful exemplar of prewar Art Deco design, with the added benefit of Chrysler’s industry-leading engineering. It will certainly provide a great and decidedly luxurious touring experience with its next owner, family, and friends. At Shiftgate, we hope the buyer will cherish it and take it out from time to time for enjoyable tours, as originally intended.It also provides a compelling alternative to the more common Cadilalc and Lincoln models of the immediate prewar era.