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1966 Imperial Crown Convertible [BY1-M-27]

1966 Imperial Crown Convertible [BY1-M-27] in Pawn Stars, Non-fiction TV, 2009-2024 IMDB Ep. 2.03+

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: US

1966 Imperial Crown Convertible [BY1-M-27]

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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tv boy US

2011-08-16 01:09

This car belongs to "the old man" (Richard Harrison). He's often seen leaning against it as he talks to the camera.

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In ep. 2.03, the rest of the family takes it away to have it restored:

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From the "Christmas Special" episode, not given an episode number by the IMDB:

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Commander 57 US

2011-08-16 01:13

Ah! There it is.
(Now for the '65 Lincoln.)

tv boy US

2011-08-16 20:01

BTW I forgot to mention, the old man says only 514 of these were made. Is that true?

Nightrider RU

2011-08-16 22:01

Imperials ever was far behind...in terms of sales.

somename US

2011-08-16 22:31

tv boy wrote BTW I forgot to mention, the old man says only 514 of these were made. Is that true?

Corresponds with my sources.

Commander 57 US

2011-08-16 22:34

Also corresponds with the Imperial Web Pages site:
http://www.imperialclub.com/Yr/1966/FactsAndFigures.htm

The 514 figure is just for convertibles, of course.
The total model year production for all models was 13,752.

-- Last edit: 2011-08-16 22:36:35

CougarTim US

2011-08-17 00:20

There was an article about this car in Automobile magazine in the May 2010 issue: Link to "www.automobilemag.com"

It has some modifications; the car was originally painted "dove tan" and the original interior wood trim has been replaced, but with good intent: "Brushed aluminum replaced the faded wood trim. Although expertly crafted, this still lowers the car's value. But it will likely endure top-down daily use under the Vegas sun, and that's the difference between the uncertain investment of a collector car and the daily dividends of a classic driver."

Commander 57 US

2011-08-17 00:53

As a purist, I prefer original/authentic but I can understand the decision.

tv boy US

2011-08-17 05:22

I figured the 514 just referred to convertibles.

I presumed when the interior and uptop were changed from tan/white to black, it's because the originals on both were in rough shape. The gang did this for the old man for an anniversary present, but (according to the show) wanted to keep it a surprise. So they lied to him and told him they sold it for $1,000 to some kid who wanted to convert it to a low rider with leopard skin interior. Naturally the old man went into a furious, obscenity-filled tirade.

-- Last edit: 2011-08-17 05:23:41

Commander 57 US

2011-08-17 15:30

Clearly scripted, of course.
That part of the show annoys me a bit. The interplay between the principals seems so staged at times.
Just stick with the merchandise, guys!

Nightrider RU

2011-08-17 16:36

Commander 57 wrote
The total model year production for all models was 13,752.


1966 Cadillac production figures

Calais 28,680
Sedan de Ville 72,410
Coupe de Ville 50,580
de Ville convertible 19,200
Eldorado 2,250
Fleetwood 19,085
Fleetwood 75 4,480

Commander 57 US

2011-08-17 16:56

OK, we have Cadillac and Imperial production figures.
Anyone want to add Lincoln?

Nightrider RU

2011-08-17 17:06

35,809 Continental 4dr
15,766 Continental 2dr
3,180 Continental Conv

Commander 57 US

2011-08-17 17:17

Comparison complete!
Thanks.

Goes to show why Chrysler eventually discontinued the Imperial.
A shame because they were truly beautiful cars.

-- Last edit: 2011-08-17 17:19:03

Nightrider RU

2011-08-17 17:24

Poor marketing. Notice than 1976 Chrysler Newyourker Brougham was 75 Imperial LeBaron, integrated in Chrysler lineup, and it did very well.

Commander 57 US

2011-08-17 17:32

Well, I'm sure the fact that it cost less was a factor in the sales increase.

Nightrider RU

2011-08-17 18:33

Well, in 76 base price for Newyorker Brougham was $6,737. In 75, as Imperial LeBaron, it was cost $9,046. Note, than in early 70s entry-level Crown model was phased out due to poor sales.

maxman CA

2013-08-23 06:46

tv boy wrote I figured the 514 just referred to convertibles.

I presumed when the interior and uptop were changed from tan/white to black, it's because the originals on both were in rough shape. The gang did this for the old man for an anniversary present, but (according to the show) wanted to keep it a surprise. So they lied to him and told him they sold it for $1,000 to some kid who wanted to convert it to a low rider with leopard skin interior. Naturally the old man went into a furious, obscenity-filled tirade.


His reaction was hilarious, though.

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