Sep 01 2015 Profile: 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 Town Car has posted a profile on Chrysler's Chrysler with previously unpublished photos from the 2014 Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance  and Concours d'Elegance and the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.


Howard Kroplick 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 Town Car

This 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 Town Car is a unique seven-passenger limousine that was custom built by LeBaron for Walter P. Chrysler as a gift for his wife Della. It is believed to be the first automobile with spring-loaded, power-assisted rear windows and door locks. The aluminum coachwork is by LeBaron and it features leather seating, a custom bar and scripted LeBaron nameplates. The car was inherited by Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, daughter of Walter and Della, and has her initials painted on the rear doors.

The car has a straight-8 cylinder engine delivering 130 horsepower and a three-speed transmission with overdrive. The car is nearly 20 feet long and over 6 feet wide (with a 12 foot wheelbase). The beautifully appointed interior is a perfect example of late 1930s automotive luxury with wood paneling and fitted accessories. In 1959 the car was donated to the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum; its current owner acquired the car in 2012, and it has just been restored.

The 1937 Chrysler Imperial Custom Series C-15 was similar to the Imperial Series 14 but rested on a longer platform. They shared an L-head, eight-cylinder, 323.5 cubic-inch engine with the Airflow C17 and was equipped with hydraulic brakes and a three-speed manual transmission. Bodystyles included three factory semi-customs consisting of a 5- and 7-passneger touring sedan and a 7-passenger limousine. Individual custom bodystyles were also available from LeBaron and Derham. The elegant bodies were matched with equally impressive upholstery and trim.


2014 Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance

2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance


Sep 07 2015 L.M.K. 5:30 AM

Howard, finding that car in the museum & then restoring it and now looking back at the journey, I’m certain you are thrilled to have invested all of your effort . This was a winning expedition…..Congratulations on a journey well traveled , from start to finish.

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