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1928 Chrysler Imperial 80 LeBaron Convertible Coupe with rumble seat
|6 cylinder Readhead engine||Burgundy exterior; Tan leather interior||Selling location: Escondido, CA|
striking Series 80 Imperial LeBaron Convertible Coupe is an elegant
example of Chrysler’s first muscle car. This great looking and
rare motorcar is equipped with some of the most desirable options: the
motor upgrade referred to as the “Red Head” and the Buffalo Wire
Wheels. This is a Full Classic and would be welcome to participate
in all CCCA CARavans and Grand Classic events.
“Red Head” was a motor upgrade that for 1928 made this model
America’s most powerful car. Beginning in 1928, the Chrysler seven
main-bearing six cylinder engines could be ordered with an optional
performance upgrade that featured an enlarged intake manifold and a new,
red-painted cylinder head that reduced the size of the combustion chamber
and thus increasing the compression ratio to 6.1:1 for greater power
output. The Red Head was a cherished favorite of enthusiasts then as
it is today! With 112 hp this automobile has the muscle to back up
its handsome looks.
fabulous feature for this 1928 Chrysler Imperial is its internal expanding
Lockheed hydraulic braking system. Compared to its contemporaries,
Chrysler was a decade ahead with its brakes. The logic was simple: a
car that can drive faster needed to stop quicker. This car can stop
as readily as it can pull up a steep grade.
aluminum cased transmission has four forward speeds (first is a
stump-puller, so day-to-day it performs like a three speed) and performs
quite well. It is quiet and shifts well. The emergency brake
contracts onto the drive shaft and also performs well.
LeBaron designed rumble seat convertible coupe body is on the 136”
chassis giving this car an elegant and imposing presentation.
Complete with dual side mounted spares, luggage rack with the trunk and
tools, this motorcar is fairly well equipped.
motorcar was acquired by its present owner in February 1987. This
car was the crown jewel of his collection and he proceeded to spend years
thoroughly restoring this to Concours and CARavan condition. For
decades this motorcar was driven and enjoyed. The car was always
well serviced and well tended. Hundreds of receipts of all parts and
work since 1987 are included along with the service and owners manuals.
the past year, Alan Taylor Company, a restoration center featuring many
Pebble Beach Concours award winning motorcars, has completed the following
The following are the recent electrical upgrades also performed by Alan Taylor Company:
the owners aged, the gentleman has recently passed away leading to the
sale of this auto. The motorcar is in very good condition for
touring with only minor servicing needed. The tires are excellent
looking and drive well but have visible cracking. For touring the
tires would need replacing.
paint maintains a high luster, sheen and is serviceable for touring and
local car shows, but for Concours events it would need to be touched up or
resprayed. There are some areas where the paint has minor cracking.
The metal work under the paint is excellent and the panel fit is very
The chrome is excellent in most all areas with the bumpers being only good. The undercarriage is all restored and in great shape but could use a detailing.
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