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1956 Imperial Southampton Four-Door Hardtop [C-73]

1956 Imperial [C-73] in Stan, Movie made for TV, 2006 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1956 Imperial Southampton Four-Door Hardtop [C-73]

Position 00:04:39 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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chicomarx BE

2010-03-26 22:15

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chicomarx BE

2010-03-26 22:28

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Letter from Stan Laurel dated May 2nd. 1957:

Quote Dear Buck [Earl Manbeck]:-
Many thanks yours 29th.ult.
[...] By the way Buck, I'm interested in getting a Chrysler New Yorker but the prices they ask our here are way beyond the cost quoted in Consumer Reports magazine. I would certainly appreciate your helping me in this matter if possible by giving me correct amount of price on this. I understand the car comes equipped with Torqueflight transmission and power steering, other than that I only want electric power seat. I don't need the electric controlled windows, power brakes or radio. I too want heat of course. I wouldn't mind having a '56 model with low mileage if in good condition, whichever one it would be a cash deal. Maybe you could handle this for me and I could pay for the freight on it. Regarding the color, Mrs Laurel prefers cream or white with a trim of blue, red or black if a new '57. These people out here all seem to have the idea that I am getting an income from our TV films, and of course ask inflated prices as soon as they see me coming, hence my asking you to give me the lowdown.

http://www.lettersfromstan.com/stan_1957a.html

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cl82 DE

2010-03-26 22:36

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No power brakes? He sure was braver than I thought.

chicomarx BE

2010-03-26 22:53

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It's all about cutting down on expenses it seems. Found this follow-up:

July 4th, 1957:
Quote I just bought Eda a '57 Chevrolet 'Bel-Air' with power steering, the Mercury we had was too hard to drive for her, every time she had to park etc. it bothered her heart. Expect the Chevy will be delivered today, so she is looking forward to the thrill of owning her first car.
I did'nt turn in the Mercury, am selling it to a private party for $500. so am making a better deal than trading it in. I paid $2700. for the Chevy, so this
will bring the cost down to $2200. (a big saving)

http://www.lettersfromstan.com/stan_1957b.html


And a couple more references:

May 9th, 1957:
Quote I have a '51 Mercury in very good condition (19000,miles) after I bought it I made two trips to England, which was 16 months I didn't use it, then in '54. I had the stroke so has had very little use since - hence the low mileage. The reason I wanted a new car is on account of Mrs L. has to do all the driving now, & the steering is very hard on this Mercury & bothers her heart quite a bit, so she is anxious to get power steering - otherwise I wouldn't consider buying a new one.


May 18th, 1957:
Quote Thanks too for the N A D A Used Car Book, very interesting to see the price on a '51 Mercury (Coupe) a Chevrolet Dealer offered me $800. on a deal & the Ford outfit $1.000.? wonder why?!


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Ddey65 US

2010-03-27 04:08

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I can see it's a Chrysler, but for some reason it looks older.

CougarTim US

2010-03-27 05:18

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1956 Imperial - by the shape of the vent windows, it's a Southampton four-door hardtop, which was only offered in the Custom series for 1956.

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