Chrysler enjoyed another banner year in 1926 with 162,242 units leaving the factory and moving up to seventh place in the U.S. behind Ford, Chevrolet, Buick, Dodge, Hudson-Essex and Willys-Overland Whippet. The new Chryslers were divided into three series, named for the top speed the cars could maintain.
The Maxwell was gone but a 4-cylinder Chrysler replaced it as the 1926 Chrysler Model F-58. It had a 38-hp 185 cubic-inch flathead four-cylinder engine and 109-inch wheelbase like the old Maxwell. The six-cylinder B-70 became the 1926 Chrysler G-70 with the same 112.75-inch wheelbase, but a redesigned engine.
Meanwhile the Imperial evolved into the 1926 Chrysler E-80 with a 288 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine good for 92hp and 74 mph. Standard Imperial wheelbase was 120 inches with 127 inches for the 7-passenger models and 133 inches for special orders.
The Chrysler F-58 was available in five styles. Two-door models were Roadster, Coupe and Coach. Four-doors were Touring and Sedan. The Roadster and Coupe were 2-seaters the other were 5-passenger models.
The Chrysler G-70 was offered in seven models. Two-door models were the Roadster and Royal Coupe. The Coach and Brougham were 5-passenger style. Four-doors included a Touring, Sedan and Crown Sedan.
Six Chrysler E-80 Imperial models were listed, and they were the top of the line. The Imperial featured hood flutes which extended into the grille and were copied from Vauxhall of England. Vauxhall sued unsuccessfully and Chrysler used the design until 1930.
Imperial models were a 2/4 passenger Roadster and Coupe; 4-door Phaeton, Sedan, Imperial Sedan and a 7-passenger Sedan and Limousine. The limousine featured a retractable division window, and both front and rear compartments were upholstered in cloth so the car could double as a family sedan.
Two custom bodies by Fleetwood were listed - a Landaulet and Town Car, but it’s not known how many were built. Wire wheels were optional on the Imperials and an Imperial Roadster paced the 1926 Indy 500.
Chrysler sold 81,089 F-58 models, 72,039 G-70 vehicles and 9114 E-80 Imperials, including an unknown number of Fleetwood customs. Prices ranged from the F-58 Roadster at $890 to the E-80 Imperial Berline Limousine at $3695, though the Fleetwood Customs would have been more expensive.