Imperial Home Page -> Imperials by Year -> 1940 -> Specifications
There were only three Imperials offered in 1940 and all were Crown models on a stretched wheelbase. Only one custom bodied Imperial was produced by Derham on the Crown chassis and survives today at the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Derham also produced a one-off Crown Imperial Town limousine
Basic styling was similar to other Chryslers, with larger doors and sheet metal. The Crown Imperials featured front fender parking lights and came only with conventional running boards. In six passenger cars the front seat-back incorporated storage compartments and there were foot rest on the rear floor. The eight passenger models had jump seats in place of storage compartments and no foot rests. The limousine had a division window and could be ordered with leather upholstery in the driver's compartment.
Fluid drive, automatic overdrive and vacuum operated power brakes continued to be standard equipment on this line. Both low and high-compression versions of the Crown Imperial engine used aluminum cylinder heads.
The serial numbers for the C-27 started at 7807401 and the engine numbers started at C27-1001 and ended at C27-1875.
Inline, L-head Eight Cast Iron Block
Bore & Stroke : 3.25 in x 4.875 in.
Displacement : 323.5 cubic inches
Cranking Rate :
Standard - 6.8:1
Optional - 7.45:1
Brake Horsepower :
Standard - 132@3400rpm
Optional - 143@3400rpm
N.A.C.C. Horsepower : 33.80
Main bearings : Six
Solid Valve Lifters
Carburetor - Stromberg 2V model
Standard - 255 lbs-ft @ 1600 rpm
Optional - 270 lbs-ft @ 1600 rpm
Wheelbase : 145.5 inches
Tires : 15 x 7.50
Automatic Overdrive was standard
Column mounted gearshift
Multiple dry disc clutch
Hypoid rear axle
Overall ratio : 4.55:1
STEEL DISC WHEELS
VACUUM OPERATED POWER BRAKES
Full wheel disc brakes
Wheel trim beauty rings
External sun shade
Front fender parking lights (six)
Rear fender gravel guards
Chromed trimmed rocker panels
Leather driver's seat (limousines only)
Bumper crash guards
Walter Percy Chrysler passes away on August 18, 1940.
Chrysler introduced the sealed beam headlight as a new safety feature.
If you would like to see the color brochure with a ton more specific information about the 1940 Crown Imperials, please look at page 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 and 38 of the brochure.
Information on this page was obtained from The Standard Catalog of Chrysler 1924-1990 by John Lee and Chrysler Chronicles by James Flammang.