1962 Lebaron in an odd factory color.

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  1. dart165

    dart165 Member

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    Just posted a similar post on the online Imperial club forum, so don't beat me up for seeking out knowledge in multiple places! :)
    I just saved a 62 Imperial Lebaron from becoming an engine donor for a B body, and am finding it to be a really interesting car. I went to look at it outside at night and based on how solid and complete it was I made the deal to buy it. It is almost entirely covered in rattle can black primer, but the jambs and inner panels seemed to be light-colored originally (I figured white when I looked at it that night.) It's originally a Florida car, that made its way up to Michigan in 1992. When I got a better look during the daylight, I found that its original color appears to be Willow Green. While I've found that there's no real way to find out how many 62 Lebarons were ordered in such a strange color, I have to assume there weren't many.
    I know it's a long shot but I figured I would ask anyway if anyone knows (or knows how to find out) how many there were in Willow green, or since it's such an odd color if anyone knows the car.

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    Still haven't decided what to do with it, since I impulse bought it in an attempt to save a solid car from a donor/derby fate, but want to learn a bit more about it regardless. I'm no stranger to c bodies and Imperials in particular, but this is my first 62 Lebaron, and I'm intrigued by the strange color.

    Thanks!
     
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    Neat color, and the rear A/C is Really COOL!
     
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    dart165 Member

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    Thanks! It looks to have every option box checked except the flite sweep decklid. It's got tinted glass, power windows, vents, locks, and 6 way front seat, auto dimmer, autopilot, remote mirror, touch tuner radio, rear defog, and (i believe) a sure grip rear, but I need to double-check on that.
     
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    marko Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    cool
    heres some more.
    not a strange color when it was new, times and popular colors change.


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  5. dart165

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    True, though, I'd venture that Lebarons were typically a bit more conservative when it came to color. I don't doubt that there were a few like mine that were ordered in brighter hues, but the majority that I've ever seen (at least from 60-63) seem to be black white or blue. Obviously, there are exceptions, but I've not been able to find any images of a LeBaron in Willow.

    Thanks for the pics!
     
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    DbnGrnGiant New Member

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    Dart,
    I did pretty much the same thing when I rescued my black '62 Lebanon from a guys side yard in Redford. Turned out to have a special ordered yellow leather and cloth interior (trim code 999) so I've been slowly restoring it.

    Good luck!
     
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    Down the street c.1968 a Hungarian family had a ‘61 that color
     
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    I have seen a lot (and driven a few) '62 Imps over the years, and a good number of LeBarons, this is definitely the first/only one I have seen in Willow Green. While not common now, this is a color that draws people in DROVES at car shows, not to mention being cooler to be in/near on a hot/sunny day, especially with the white interior. The OIC (Online Imperial Club) has a registry and MAY some information as to how many cars were built or exist now in each color. Big project to be sure, but you have a good starting point, and when done it would be both amazing, and unique. GREAT that you saved it!
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys. I'm going to pick it up tomorrow. If anyone has leads on parts or 61-3's that are getting parting out (besides Murray, who's got some great stuff, but is a bit expensive for my tastes) let me know! It's pretty complete, but I'm sure there are a few odds and ends that I'll need.