duminică, 24 aprilie 2016

Chrysler CG Imperial Dual-Cowl Phaeton in the style of LeBaron 1931 - World Of Classic Cars -

Chrysler CG Imperial Dual-Cowl Phaeton in the style of LeBaron 1931

Chrysler’s Imperial had grown from simply an upmarket version of lesser models into something truly unique and special by 1931. It had been graced with classically beautiful styling, which was inspired by the Cord L-29, and was noteworthy for its massive 145-inch-wheelbase chassis and smooth 125-horsepower straight eight. This car was not only big and powerful but also a superb driver with advanced steering geometry that made it shockingly easy to swing through wide corners at speed. The term “driver’s car” is seldom applied to American Classics of this era, but it is apt for the Imperial.
Chrysler CG Imperial Dual-Cowl Phaeton in the style of LeBaron 1931

Drivers with funds to spare could opt for “semi-custom” bodywork that had been supplied by the LeBaron imprint of Briggs and styled by Ralph Roberts. With aviation in the forefront of American culture, the open LeBaron custom body styles adopted aircraft-like leather interiors that wrapped around the cowl and over the doors. Riding in one of the 85 dual-cowl phaetons built in 1931 was like coasting along the ground in one’s own biplane.
The car presented here, serial number 7801805, was restored in the 1980s with a well-crafted dual-cowl phaeton body in the style of a LeBaron original and carrying a reproduction body tag of 147-32.
Chrysler CG Imperial Dual-Cowl Phaeton in the style of LeBaron 1931

The front fenders are original, but it appears that the rear fenders were reproduced or modified as needed to fit the new coachwork. The restoration has held up well over the years and continues to show good panel fit throughout, with fine red paint showing few signs of use. The older brown leather interior, tan canvas top, and reproduction dashboard gauges show some signs of driving enjoyment. Period chrome wire wheels are fitted, along with dual side-mounts with cloth covers and mirrors, dual trumpet horns, tail lamps, wind wings, a radiator stone guard, a rear luggage track, a trunk, and the classic Gazelle radiator mascot.
Chrysler CG Imperial Dual-Cowl Phaeton in the style of LeBaron 1931

Underneath, the chassis is complete and well detailed and features many of the regularly overlooked or missing items, including correct grease fittings, metal spring gaiters, and correct hydraulic lines. The engine is fitted with the correct Delco-Remy ignition system and Stromberg downdraft carburetor.