Last Year of Convertible: 1968 Imperial Crown Convertible

While my favorite Imperials were the 1964 to 1966 years, the 1967 to 1968 years are pretty close. While they were no longer as distinctive from the New Yorker and other Chrysler models, they did strive to appeal to the luxury car buyer by providing features to distinguish them. Here is a 1968 Imperial Crown Convertible for sale here on Craigslist in Fresno, California. Thanks to Barn Finds reader and spotter Miguel for letting us know about this car.

There were only 474 Imperial Crown convertibles produced in 1968, the last year of any Imperial convertible. The ivory color exterior is paired with a white convertible top. The car features rear fender skirts and a wide bodyside molding above the rocker area. It has a power top with a glass rear window.

The interior includes black leather covered front bucket seats divided by a folding center armrest in great condition. A unique feature on this car is a cover for the radio when you weren’t in the mood to listen to music. Out of sight, out of mind. This car includes Auto-temp automatic air conditioning and power windows.

No engine picture is included. The engine is the 440 cubic inch V-8. The mileage showing is 27,243 but is believed to be 127,243. The car is described as not perfect, but a great driving car. For the asking price of $17,000, let’s hope it’s very near perfection. Is this the kind of convertible you’re looking for?

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Comments

  1. TimS Member

    If this is really a nice driver, ready to roll, $17k isn’t unrealistic. If it needs much, it’ll have to come down a few grand.

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  2. Maestro1 Member

    Bill, I’m with you, and yes, the price is a bit high.

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  3. Cool_Cadillac_Cat

    And here I am, waiting on the delivery of a 2012 Lexus LS 460 L, with the rear seat upgrade, supposedly arriving, today, for which I paid only slightly more than this.

    I’ve wanted an Imperial ‘vert for decades, now, preferably a ’66, but this’d do.

    Then I thought about putting DD miles on it, and I’d feel guilty doing that, as while it should be driven, at 13K-15K per year, it’d be done in no time, and I don’t want to do that.

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  4. PJ

    What Bruce Wayne and Britt Reid drove on “Batman” and “The Green Hornet” during the ’60s.

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    • Frankie

      Totally true, in fact it was a persian white 300. I know because I have one.

  5. DETROIT LAND YACHT

    Understated elegance…love this car.

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    • Walter

      Absolutely!

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  6. Luke Fitzgerald

    “Probably 127k” – now that’s got to be a first

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  7. Derek

    Remember the 1967 movie Point Blank where Lee Marvin intentionally demolishes a brand new 67 Imperial convertible? I still cringe watching that clip on you tube.

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  8. DRV

    Absolutely top killer of luxury amarican cars of the day. (1968) Looking at it now it’s such a stretch on that wheelbase!
    If collecting parallels my generations trends, this would be a primo buy.

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  9. Vance

    If you wanted to make a grand entrance this would be the vehicle to do it in. I would take this over a Cadillac or Continental any day of the week. The side view is very impressive and you don’t see many of these. Very nice.

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  10. Derek

    I agree ten times more rare than a Caddy or Lincoln. I think this color though was a pretty pale yellow not cream.

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    • Ed P

      My Dad had a 67 Plymouth Fury III that was ivory. This car is close to the same color.

  11. Kenneth Carney

    A very dear friend of mine owned one of
    these and told me that there was nothing
    finer to drive than an Imperial. Hers was
    Seafoam Green with a White top. She
    often told me that she regretted selling
    her car so many years ago. She commissioned me to do a portrait of it in
    2010 and as I recall, I had problems making that Seafoam Green to cover the
    car after I sketched out the outline for the
    portrait. She finally took delivery of it in
    early 2012 and displayed it proudly in her
    home until her passing in 2016. What
    wonderful memories I still have of her
    every time I see one of these. RIP
    Miss Carol.

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  12. Steve H.

    What an impressive barge. I looked up “land yacht” in the dictionary and there was a picture of one of these. Would be interesting to know the mpg it gets, lol.

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  13. Del

    Way nicer than Chrysler Woody convert here today.

    Be nice for summer meets.

    Love these old Imperials

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  14. Fiete T.

    Love these.

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  15. Kevin McCabe

    Chrysler left some tell-tale traces of when an odometer had rolled over and this vehicle does not display them, suggesting that it really could have 27k miles. Granted the driver’s seat doesn’t have anything to support the notion that it really is that low mileage, but an in person inspection would provide further clues. This is not a common colour for these cars, so it might be worth checking out.

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  16. stillrunners

    Guess a good opinion of a 1968 would come from someone that had owned one….they’re good for many a mile !

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  17. stillrunners

    Little better in color….dragged out of a salvage yard on Lamar after spending some 16 years in a Dallas hi-rise parking garage. Put over 50,000 trouble free miles and sold it to a young lawyer.

  18. stillrunners

    dang it…..

  19. Bryan

    These are nice driving cars….very distinctive and only 474 made! Here’s a pic of my friend’s restored 68.

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