October 23, 2020
It’s no coincidence that the 1964 Imperial Crown reminded many onlookers of the Lincoln Continental which debuted to high praise for MY 1961. They were both designed by Elwood Engle who had left Ford for Chrysler in 1961 to replace Virgil Exner, the designer responsible for Chrysler’s Forward Look of 1957 as well as its disastrous (sales-wise) down-sized Plymouth and Dodge full-size cars of 1962. The squared looks of the ’64 Imperial were a 180° turn from the heavily styled cars which came before it. The ’64 lineup was pared down to Crown two- and four-door hardtops and a convertible, a LeBaron four-door hardtop, and the 149.5-inch wheelbase limousine which was (confusingly) dubbed Crown Limousine (bottom photo).We saw today’s RealRide over the summer at the St. Gabriel Super Cruise in Elma.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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