Michael C 1981 Imperial

Much Better, "The Second Time Around"

I had a white 1982 Imperial and traded it about 16 years ago for a Sable station wagon, go figure. I always liked the looks of the car and really enjoyed the heck out of it, but it did have the ever troublesome EFI, and it just became too much of a problem. It was my everyday car, but not reliable enough to trust that it would get me home on any given day, so off it went. At that time I did have a 1964 Lincoln convertible as my collector vehicle, which has since been given to my youngest son. So, he now has the enjoyment of that vehicle. My father bought it new in 1964 and so it remains in the family. Cannot believe it is 50 years old now.

Anyway, I was looking for a very nice older car to drive and one of my choices was another Imperial; so I went looking for a nice 1981-1983 model. Well in May 2011, I spotted this one for sale on-line, and proceeded to close the deal. It arrived in a closed van on July 4, 2011.

I proceeded to do the normal inspection and detailing of the car, and that October entered it in the AACA show here in middle Tennessee. It was in the production class, 1972-1986. It took first place with ease, and has every year since along with two consecutive firsts in the local Corvette Club show. It is a phenomenal vehicle with just 21,998.0 miles on the odometer, but whose counting? Of course, it had been converted by Chrysler to a carburetor, not the usual 2 bbl., but with a 4 bbl. I have the 2 bbl. that was supposed to be installed in this car to boot, along with the original EFI computer. A Chrysler alarm system is also installed on this car.

The only other thing done to this car, was a Chrysler authorized repaint, because of over aggressive buffing during its' assembly in Windsor, Ont., Canada and subsequent paint failure. The color was changed from the original Day Star blue (VC-1) in 1984, to a slightly darker blue, which to this day remains a mystery color. We have not been able to exact match it with anything. The closest thing that has been identified so far, is a 1996-7 Ford truck color. I've come to the conclusion that this is the only Imperial ever painted with this color. All of this has been confirmed, in writing, by the cars' first owner.

Now for the good stuff. I am the second, third owner. Some poor fellow had it for a month, but his wife wouldn't let him keep it! It has always been garaged, a So. California car, and never been rained on, or driven on a wet street, so,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, no rust at all, anywhere. I have been all over it and under it, and it is spotless. The paint is "perfect" save for a couple of incredibly small chips. The chrome and trim are "perfect", as is the Navy Blue Mark Cross leather interior. I have the Mark Cross umbrella, portfolio, with literature, and the key fob, with 2 crystal keys, and the garage door opener. The front driver-side floor mat is a bit worn, but I have a new set for shows, along with any and all literature that was published by Chrysler for this model year. Of course the documentation is complete, dealer invoice, window sticker, original bill of sale to the the first owner, along with all maintenance records, California emissions inspection slips, registrations, and the 2 service manuals.

It is truly a number 1 condition vehicle, and I was looking for a nice driver! Oh well , I'll just have to deal with it and enjoy it.

Is that enough? Probably, but just one more item, it has been featured in Hemming's Classic Cars, July 2008, and in the May 2012 oldcarmemories.com on-line magazine.

FYI, here are the links to those articles.



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