Imperial option delete cars

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  1. SGT FURY

    SGT FURY Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Most imperials you see are heavy optioned cars! What is the most stripped model imperial you
    have come across?
    I once came across a 62 imperial conv sold originally in Hawaii. It had no A/C,heater and radio delete. Hawaii climate would explain heater/AC delete?
    I also had a 67 imperial 4dr post sedan that was sparse in options.
    AM radio A/C only
     
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  2. imperialman

    imperialman Active Member

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    Probably not too rare, but my 1960 Imperial Custom is a non-A/C car though it does have a dealer installed Mopar "cool air" under dash unit.
    Interesting that besides it not having A/C its optioned quite well with power everything including auto headlight dimmer.
     
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    CBODY67 Old Man with a Hat

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    Where the vehicle was originally ordered/sold could have an affect upon the factory a/c situation, I suspect. Even on high-end luxury cars, back then. Many of those owners might not have been too worried about paying for the higher labor charges to do normal underhood maintenance caused by the seemingly poorly-packaged underhood factory a/c components, BUT finding a tech who wanted to undertake these things might have been an issue. Which also meant that the cars had to go to the (perceived to be more expensive) dealership for these things (who normally could not refuse such jobs).

    The aftermarket-type systems, by comparison, were a bit easier to deal with, from what I recall. And ususally (other than freon top-offs) could have failed items replaced outside of the normal car dealer network. Unless the dealer's parts dept operatives had sources to procure those things.

    My suspicion is that a "low/no option" Imperial still might have the same or more convenience items than a similar "low/no option" NY, but I haven't considered researching that just yet. But might in the future! Might have to find some brochures and such to look at! The Imperials were always in a higher-class than mere Cadillacs, to me, back then. Seeing one was a special event.

    Enjoy!
    CBODY67
     
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    Badvert65 Well-Known Member

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    You should keep in mind that in 1960, most houses didn't have air conditioning.....
    jus sayin...
     
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    imperialman Active Member

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    Yep..plus this imperial has spent its life in Minnesota.
    A/C was probably not a must have option .
     
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    FWIW
    In the early 60s those in the company car program were not allowed to order a/c in their cars unless they were station down south. I remember limited availability of new Airtemp units was the reasoning. Chrysler wanted a/c available for the public. Dad was allowed to order a dual air wagon in 63 only because he had a month long vacation planned through AZ and California deserts. That car was borrowed by many of his buddies at work for vacations and weekend trips that year! He had an a/c Newport in 64 but it was pulled from the sales bank. A 66 Coronet and Charger were his first cars a/c became openly available.
     
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    a heater was optional in Imperials until 1964 when it became standard.
    in 1960 power windows and power seats were standard in the imperial crown and lebaron but optional in the base custom.
    the custom was discontinued for 64
     
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    In the early - mid 1980's my dad owned a mint condition 1965 Crown Imperial sedan that was radio delete. So odd in an Imperial.
     
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    marko Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    not that odd back then, a radio was an option and it wasnt until 1981 that a radio was standard in Imperials
     
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    Back in the mid-eighties there was a closed down Chrysler dealer near me that had 15 or so full size Chryslers in a lot behind the building. One of them was a 1967 Crown 4dr HT that had very few options, or maybe just one, an AM radio, which may have got you a power antenna too. It was dark brown with the multi-tone brown cloth interior. They also had a typically optioned gold 4dr HT that was wrecked in the front. I really wanted to buy the pair to make one good car, but I had no place to put them where we lived at the time. The price for the two would have been no more than $500.

    Jeff
     
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    Sligtly off topic, but I found it odd, that my imperial has a good amount of options such as tilt column, A/C and radio with rear reverberator, but they did not order a passengers side mirror.
     
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    I had a 67 LeBaron without A/C. It had the usual power windows, locks, leather seats, antenna, and vacuum trunk.

    I had a 68 imperial that did not have the tilt and telescopic steering wheel. It had a very cool looking steering wheel and center cap.
     
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    Thank you. You cannot delete options......
     
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    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    My silver coupe is pretty well appointed but is non-ac.
    My Mobile Director is also nicely loaded including ATC but has non-tilt/tele. I’ve thought about upgrading to tt but I actually like having one with that kool standard steering wheel.
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    Half the fun at Carlisle is looking at the various optioned cars. The real odd ones just make you wonder. Like, this girlfriends family car way back when. A 69 Coronet sedan, six, three on the tree, am, no p.b. or p.s. but Power Windows. Just why?
     
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    patrick66 Old Man with a Hat

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    My '66 Imperial convertible might be considered a "stripper", as it did not come with:

    Auto-Pilot,
    AM/FM,
    Tilt-Telescope column,
    Auto-Dimmer headlights,
    Power door locks,
    Remote trunk release,
    Trailer-towing set-up,
    or a right-hand mirror.

    The AM radio was standard. The only real "option" the car has is the air conditioning. Everything else that would be "optional" is indeed standard on a '66.

    I've added the AM/FM and the right-side mirror, and am looking for a functioning remote trunk release.
     
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    my 68 imperial convertible is non a/c car one of 25 . its nice to work on 68 imperial 2.jpg
     
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