Imperial Home Page -> Imperials by Year -> 1957 -> Specifications
HISTORIC NOTES AND SERIES IDENTIFICATION:
Imperial styling moved further away from that of other Chrysler Corporation cars in 1957. Hardtop models featured a distinctive "overlapping" rear-section roof. The taillights were now integrated into the tips of the tail fins. Wraparound "eyebrow" trim above the headlights extended half the length of the front fenders. Med-body chrome trim trim ran from the rar deck panel to the front tire between the two horizontal bumpers.
The Imperial was introduced, with all other Chrysler cars, on October 30, 1956.
The numbering system was C571,001-36,890.
V-8 392 Cast iron block
Displacement : 392.7 cubic inches.
Bore & Stroke : 4 x 3.9 inches.
Compression Ratio : 9.25:1
Brake Horsepower : 325 at 4600 rpm
Carburetor - Carter four-barrel Model WCFB-2590S
(Imperial, Crown and LeBaron): 129"
(Crown Imperial) : 149.5 inches
Tires: 9.50 x 14
Torqueflite automatic transmission with pushbutton shift controls was standard.
Air Conditioning ($590)
FliteSweep Deck Lid
Power Windows ($125)
Solex Glass ($50)
Second generation "Forward Look" Chryslers all show signs of "FliteSweep" styling. On Imperials, the FliteSweep decklid is offered as an option. Imperials display curved side window glass, another industry first. Notice how the glass goes in toward the roof, not straight up, allowing for a small roofline.
"Torsion-Aire Ride" is introduced, replacing conventional front springs with torsion bars and giving Chrysler praise for improved roadability.
Information on this page was obtained from The Standard Catalog of Chrysler 1924-1990 by John Lee and Chrysler Chronicles by James Flammang.