Cheap Dusty Two Door: 1964 Chrysler Imperial

Brian BirknerBy Brian Birkner

Locked away in an automotive vault for who knows how long, this 1964 Chrysler Imperial two door looks like a solid start to a big Mopar project. In storage with nearly 20 other cars, it is unclear how long this car may have been sitting, and what the history on the car may be. Appearing complete, this Mopar has a reasonable buy in at $3,800. Take a look at it here on eBay out of Celina, Ohio.

With a generous amount of surface rust and corrosion in the bay, the engine does appear to be complete. The 413 V8 is in unknown condition, but being in a collection I would think that the engine was viable before sitting long term. Hopefully with time and some oil in the cylinders, this big heart could beat once again.

The sleek two tone interior has a fair appearance, but it would seem there is some discoloration, from either dirt, mold, or perhaps both. The posh bucket seats are quite classy and stylish, and appear in fair shape with no rips to be seen. The carpet also looks to either be dirty or discolored as well.  The back seat is definitely moldy and in need of a solid cleaning, as well as the rest of the interior.

A two door Imperial is a sleek businessman’s machine that needs to carry only the finest briefcase and golf clubs money can buy. Despite being in Ohio and having some corrosion in the engine compartment, the exterior of this Imperial looks to be original, or at least refinished a very long time ago. The paint is a bit hazy, and dusty, but a wash and a good buff job would have this beauty sparkling again in no time. There is no rot to be seen, but most of the photos are far away from the subject. With two doors, a big heart, and stylishly good looks, would you make this imperial your next project?

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  1. RoKo

    It’s not a Chrysler Imperial, just Imperial as that was its own marque from 1955-75.

    • JunkFixer

      …and from 1981 to 1983, although for a couple years the cars wore “Imperial by Chrysler” badging.

  2. AMCFAN

    Don’t think with all the buffing compound and elbow grease that this pig will shine like new again. Parts of it might but don’t be a fool. It is aged and is in the Ohio rust belt. Look at the signs under the hood. That is rust from moisture. That happens in Ohio when parked in the elements and or on a dirt floor. The left front rim rust says there is more on the chassis.

    Not a good buy unless you have a large bank account to just get the beast operational to the mechanical condition prior to being parked many years ago. Oh and better have a lot of PB Blast!

    Just another internet (above) retail-rod-shop hoping to cash in. According to their ad on feebay they are a shop with the facilities to restore cars. With that the ability to put on a lift to take honest pics and at the very least air up the tires and give it a bath. With that in mind. They can keep their $800. car…….

  3. Jerry Long

    Time for the Flight of the Bumblebee, Van Williams and Bruce Lee as the Green Hornet and Kato.

  4. Ken

    Fellas. Here’s my take. Who cares? Well I’ll keep this short. I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life taking on a “gorgeous ” ’48 Hudson Commodore setting for 30 years. The gas tank had basically Mississippi River sludge half full and the rest of the inside of the tank was rot. Which required an entirely new fuel system including the carburetor., new electrical system….blah blah blah….see what these cars have SOLD!!!! for, not asking price which is usually a pipe dream, then decide. Should I take the plunge. I suffered a big loss. I had more into it than I paid. Car still did not run and sold it off for peanuts.

  5. Ken

    Fellas. Here’s my take. Who cares? Well I’ll keep this short. I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life taking on a “gorgeous ” ’48 Hudson Commodore setting for 30 years. The gas tank had basically Mississippi River sludge half full and the rest of the inside of the tank was rot. Which required an entirely new fuel system including the carburetor., new electrical system….blah blah blah….see what these cars have SOLD!!!! for, not asking price which is usually a pipe dream, the decide. Should I take the plunge

  6. Mark Hoffman

    It’s been parked for awhile. They only made double stripe wsw tires in 1970-early 72 model cars

    My moms gynecologist had a black 4 door this body style. He even used it to haul hay bales over to the farm where his daughters horse was stabled.

  7. jw454

    Based on the “new way of thinking”. I’ve threw away so much money selling cars over the years. My mistake was to do all I could to make them look as good as I could. I’d spend hours cleaning, touching up marred paint, and adding new tires. What a fool I was. Who knew people would pay more for a car that looked like a P.O.S.

  8. Irish Bill

    Perfect demolition derby car!

    • Loco Mikado

      I thought these were banned from demolition derby’s years ago because they were so durable. I had a ’65 Chrysler that someone backed into the side of and creamed the whole back end of their car while I was sitting in it. Fortunately they backed into the side that had already been sideswiped the whole length of the car before I bought it for $100.00 in the in the mid 80’s and I couldn’t see any new damage. It ran perfect and put the engine and transmission in a ’67 Dodge PU and the engine and transmission were still going strong when I sold the PU 8 years later

  9. JTNC

    My late aunt bought a ’64 Imperial Crown 4-door new. It was in a restrained but handsome Oxford Gray with a gray interior, I think leather bolsters with cloth inserts. As an adolescent I remember thinking it was an impressive but HUGE car. She was a very small person and I guess she liked looking down on everyone (both literally and figuratively). She continued the ridiculously huge car theme when she traded the Imperial for a ’68 Eldorado, which must have had the highest hood-length to rear seat space ratio of any car ever.

    I think this car is pretty far gone. If someone restores it, it will cost far, far more than its value, so it has to be done for love.

  10. Andy

    How many times? This isn’t a Chrysler and the ’56-’57 Continental Mark II was not a Lincoln. We’re all car people here and we should know these things.

  11. Wayne

    If I am not mistaken, Imperial was division from 55 thru 69. Starting in 70, It was a Chrysler Imperial.

  12. Pete Kaczmarski

    For me 1959 is a preferred year for Imperial. I have owned this one 30 years. It formerly housed a family of raccoons inside.

  13. russell spreeman

    No sign of air conditioning? Can that be? I wouldn’t want it just for that reason alone.

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