I'm selling my 1975 Imperial LeBaron. Bought it with 49,700 miles, it now has 63,XXX which will go up as I drive it on nice days.
It had been sitting for about 10 years when I purchased it from the owner's daughter after he passed. The WWII vet was a Chrysler guy and always wanted an Imperial. Sometime in 1975 or 76, he purchased this one and evidently was planning on keeping it forever. I'm not sure at what point he had it repainted but, when it was resprayed, he also had it rustproofed and undercoated with some government-spec stuff. It’s still on there and probably what preserved it. There is some surface rust behind rear wheel wells but no rust-through. We’re guessing that original vinyl top shrunk so they cut and reinstalled the top trim to compensate for the shrinkage.
It's unique in that it has so few options. No rear window defroster, no power door locks, no power trunk, no leather, no tilt/telescope wheel, not even a right hand mirror…but all Imperial.
A beautiful black velour interior and nice straight body. This is a driver and I’ve taken it to the All Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, PA the last three years (a 600-mile round trip) and drive it to work during the summer months. It goes down the road very nicely and gets 2-tons of looks. Cruise, windows, headlight doors and power antenna all work.
Over the last 3 years I’ve updated and upgraded the following:
· Rebuilt all 4 power window motors with new gears and lubed the regulators.
· All fluids flushed and refilled
· Stock 440 with Holley Street Dominator aluminum intake
· Rebuilt Carter Competition Series 4 barrel
· Custom-made FireCore plug wires (patterned after the original wires)
· FBO ignition with custom distributor curve
· Turned front rotors, new front pads & repacked wheels bearings
· Replaced front brake calipers and hoses
· New KYB front shocks
· New idler arm
· Custom dual exhaust with H-pipe and AP XLerator Turbo mufflers
· 4 new 235/75R15XL Kuhmo Optimo H724 tires (and front end alignment)
· Upgraded R134 Sanden AC compressor (US-made) with BPE Mounting Bracket and custom AC hoses
Being 42 years old, it’s not perfect:
· Transmission has some pump noise in reverse. Hasn’t gotten any worse in the 3 years I’ve been driving it and shifts just fine through all 3 gears.
· Wiper motor has never worked right and bushings are shot. Comes with a new motor and bushings
· As soon as I got it out of storage this year the AC compressor clutch went. I just unplugged the compressor so the other ATC options work
· Paint is ok/presentable but some chips and nicks here and there.
· Turn signal stalk is bent but still functions fine
· Left side radio speakers don’t seem to work
· Chronometer ticks but doesn’t keep time.
I was seriously considering going with fuel injection so the carb is serviceable but not perfect. It’s cold-blooded and has a bit of flat spot from stop under hard acceleration. A new Edelbrock, Holley, Quick-Fuel, or (insert your favorite brand here) carb would do the trick.
I’m selling because our daughter has been accepted to an out-of-state summer ballet intensive which is expensive. It’s something she really wants to pursue and it’s a great opportunity for her. I can always get another car – maybe not like this one but that’s what parents do for their kids. If she wasn’t dancing, I’d probably keep it forever. I had a 77 Chrysler New Yorker as a kid (grandpa gave it me) so I’ve had a chance to relive my teenage memories and now she can create hers.
I’m asking $3800 obo.
It’s truly a good car where you can just drive it and enjoy it. It was featured in a mini-documentary on Imperial here:https://youtu.be/Siv_6r43f5A
I have some extras exclusive to the buyer like an NOS turn signal stalk, NOS A-pillar chrome trim, C-body hi-po exhaust manifolds (blasted and primed with VHT primer), impossible-to-find rear rotors turned and ready to install, as well as a driver’s quality set (4) of the Chrysler dress wheels (no trim rings). All the original components go with the car; original R-2 AC compressor, plug wires, iron intake manifold, and ignition. I can take pictures of most anything you’d like – feel free to ask questions. qmopar @ yahoo com is the best way to get me.
More pictures here: 75 Imperial Pictures https://youtu.be/hAq-9m8NydQhttps://youtu.be/xs9XiXclclo