1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Dual Cowl Phaeton
Engine: Straight 8
Displacement: 385 Cubic Inches
Horsepower: 125 BHP
Cost New: $3,750
The styling of the 1931 Chrysler Imperial was heavily influenced by the distinctive L-29 Cord. Both vehicles were long and low, with gracefully curved fenders and a rakish grille. A large vehicle, this one is over seventeen feet long and weights in at nearly 5000 pounds, the powerful straight eight could go from zero to sixty in about twenty seconds and top out at 96 mph. The Imperials were Chrysler's answer to the opulence of Cadillac and Duesenberg, but the effects of the Great Depression made sales scarce. There were only eighty-five CG Imperial Dual Cowl Phaetons made in 1931, and this is one of only eleven left today.
The previous owner, retired Chrysler executive Darrell Davis, sent this vehicle to a specialist, Curt Austin, who performed a three-year, 8000-hour restoration from 1997 to 2000. It emerged from its restoration to win many of the most prestigious awards available. - Best of Show at the Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance.
- First in Class and Most Elegant Open Car at the Burn Foundation Concours in Pennsylvania.
- A clean sweep of Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) firsts by winning Junior, Senior, Grand National, Grand National Senior, and the AACA President's Award.
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Primary, Senior and Premier awards, scoring 100 points in each divisional judging.