Ultimate Land Yacht: 1967 Imperial Crown Coupe

If you want the ultimate land yacht to hit the open road in, you really can’t get much larger or luxurious than an Imperial Crown Coupe! This was Chrysler’s answer to Cadillac and Lincolns massive luxury cruisers. It has just about every creature comfort you could ever want or need when you set sail on the open road. This running and driving example is said to be a rust free barn find. While that might be, it’s going to need cosmetic work inside and out to be a pristine land yacht once again. You can find this Imperial here on eBay in Anderson, California with a current bid of $1,475 with no reserve!

Talk about an amazing design! There really aren’t too many cars out there with as impressive trim work as the Crown Coupe, but finding replacement pieces has to be rather challenging. Chrysler aimed these massive coupes at wealthy executives and anyone else that wanted an impressive American luxury car. They even offered an optioned named the Mobile Director that featured a front swiveling passenger seat and a small table, so that you could either spin around to work while your chauffeur drove or you could have your secretary take dictations while you enjoyed the comfortable back seats. It doesn’t look like this car was equipped with that option, but I’m sure most of us can live without it.

Sadly, we don’t get to see the engine, but it’s said to run great with recent service. All ’67 Crowns received the 350 horsepower 440 V8. Given all that steel and leather, if you want to get anywhere in a hurry, your going to need every bit of power you can get out of that big block.

The Imperial Crown really was an impressive machine in its day! They aren’t nearly as common as the Cadillacs and Lincolns that they competed with back in the day, but they also aren’t as desirable. Don’t get me wrong, there are collectors that are willing to spend good money on a nice Crown Coupe, but the cost of restoring one limits the market just to those that have fond memories or want a luxury land yacht that’s a bit different from the Ford and Chevy options. As long as this one is complete and solid, it might just be worth taking on, but those are some big ifs!

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Comments

  1. Ed P

    That is one hulking hiway cruiser! There is a crack on the left front K member that could be welded. Black wall tires look out of place on this luxury car. In the day, white walls would have been standard equipment. The rest of the car looks like a good cosmetic restoration would bring this big boy back.

    • AMXSTEVE

      I don’t see that the K member is cracked in the ad but the windshield is cracked.

  2. HeadMaster1

    I used to have a 68 crown coupe, great cruiser. NOT very fast, but it wasn’t underpowered either. Make sure you know how to unbolt the wheels on these old mopars. Mine had power EVERYTHING, locks, windows, seats, vent windows, and the radio could scan stations with the tap of your toe. Also when you tilt the pass seat forward, a motor will automatically power the whole seat forward to make getting in back easier…..Crazy cool cars, I would love another one, but I’d hold out for a 68″ as a lot of the trim work got much more ornate detailing in 68, but these were a 2 year only car, how insane is that?

    • pursang

      You mean one side was lefty loosy, rightey tighty, and the other side was righty loosey, leftey tighty?

      Yeah, I learned that as a kid helping Dad mount the snow tires on the Valiant.

      • Neal

        Me too. On the Dart, Fury, and Coronet.

      • fordfan

        Not in 1967 my dads 67 valiant was lefty loosey

    • Cory

      Are you sure your 440 was running on all 8 cyl..

      Ever do a compression test ?

      Mine was very quick,would light the tires up when floored..All original and 135 comresion pretty much on all 8, 130-135 ..

      I owned many Mopars and they run quick running 50 on 1 and 80 on another and 120-130 on the others..

      They also make like a exhaust leak sound ,its not the exhaust the engine needs a rebuild..

      I looked at hundreds of Mopars over the years,even restored cars with a few year old engine did it and was down on power..

      I became buddies with one guy,owned his 69 300 for 12 years and it had no power ,probably did a 7.5 – 8 second 0-60 with engine running on 6 1/2 cyl…

      I went home brought my 70 300 over with a bone stock never touched 130,000 mile 440 non high perf..350 hp version but added duel exhaust and duel snorkel air cleaner 3 and 2.94 axle ratio…He couldnt believe how quick it was,burned rubber at 1/4 throttle etc,slammed you in your seat..I also had a few other original cars (car collector) ..I bought his 300 rebuilt the engine and it moved..I added TNT heads,purple cam so really flew..

      My stock 67 imperial is on the bumper of my 2008 300 c with 3.06 gears (tests all have 2.81’s) My stock 350 hp 70 300 is 1 and a half cars ahead of the 300C..So low 5 second 0-60 and high 13’s it runs from the factory,the Imperial should be around 6 and 14 seconds..I have 2.76 in the Imperial,should have 3.23’s..

  3. Hermieb

    Here’s the crack. Shown on the dealer page.

    • AMXSTEVE

      I don’t see that as a big deal.

  4. PaulieB

    My kid brother had one back in the mid 70s. Driving home from work on an icy street he slid and hit the corner of the newly remodeled Knights of Columbus Building. The car suffered a minor dent..the building sustained some exterior damage and inside it had split sheet rock and wallpaper damage. What a tank!

  5. stillrunners lawrence Member

    With HeadMaster….my 68 Crown Coupe sat from 1974 to about 1992….with just about 27,000 on the meter – it had been in a condo garage here in Dallas – Turtle Creek Condo’s….anyway put damn near 60,000 on it with not much maintenance – brakes and minor such stuff oh mufflers – think I did have to replace a axle seal finally…sold after a hit and run….

  6. erikj

    Heres my story: Lived with the g-parents from age 15-20. They had a 68 imperial that I learned to drive and get my lic. failed the par. parking part. That car was so nice to drive and punching it doing 60+, It was not slow.

  7. That Guy

    These weigh about 4800 pounds, and that’s a lot for even 7.2 liters/440 cubic inches to haul around. By 1967 standards they were decently quick, but they feel a bit sluggish today. Drag racing and canyon carving isn’t what you buy a car like this for, though.

  8. Reg bruce

    Could that be the longest quarter panel in automotive history?

  9. Ken Carney

    A former neighbor lady owned a ’68 ragtop. As an artist, she asked me
    to make a print of it for her. Hers was a Celery Green with a dark Green
    leather interior. It also had a lighter Green top. I had the darndest time
    finding one to use as a model. Finally found one up on Curbside Classics. The print turned out great and she was very pleased with it.
    I loaded it up with chrome exhaust tips, wire wheels and a set of Vogue
    wide whitewall tires. I remember tbese cars from my youth and boy were they huge. Even as I drew my neighbor’s print, the bigness of
    these cars gave me problems as I sketched the outline of the car as I
    couldn’t fit onto a regular size piece of paper! Had to use a sheet of
    poster board just to get it all in!

  10. RoselandPete

    The front and back are like two different cars.

  11. Jerry HW Brentnell

    I had a 68 imperial lebaron 4 door hard top, white with a turquoise leather interior love it she weighed in at 6380 pounds, had a hell of a time finding front brake parts 4 piston budd calipers 12 inch rotors, on the rear quarters 67 imperials almost never got built as budd stamping went through 5 sets of dies to get the rear quarters perfect to get by imperial q.c it was that tight on these cars, a lebaron was in a class of its own in 67 and 68

  12. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Patina – there, I said it.

  13. Jubjub

    Love the front seats. Luxurious but very mod. A lot of little design touches like that on these. Way cooler than a Caddy or Lincoln.

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