1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight
Made to compete with Packard, Pierce Arrow, Lincoln and Cadillac, the Imperial was Chrysler’s Flagship model. It used a new inline-8 engine and sleek styling from LeBaron to give Chrysler a new luxury image.
The new straight-8 wasn’t as impressive as some of the other engines on the market in the early thirties, but it offered an ample 125 bhp and a top speed of 96 mph. The design used nine main bearings and a L-shaped cylinder head.
For Chrysler’s standard bodywork they employed Al Leamy who had also styled the famous Cord L29. Dis sketched were sent to LeBaron who refined the model by adding a raked grill, longer hood and sweeping fenders with integrated spare wheels. Bodystyles included a sporty speedster and elegant dual-cowl phaeton, but anything could be ordered on the ‘Custom’ chassis.
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|type||Series Production Car|
|built at||Michgan, USA|
|engine||Inline-8 w/L-shaped Cylinder Head|
|block material||Cast Iron|
|fuel feed||Stromberg DD3 Dual Downdraft|
|displacement||6305 cc / 384.8 in³|
|bore||88.90 mm / 3.5 in|
|stroke||127.00 mm / 5 in|
|power||93.2 kw / 125 bhp @ 3200 rpm|
|specific output||19.83 bhp per litre|
|torque||379.6 nm / 280 ft lbs @ 1200 rpm|
|body / frame||Body over Steel Chassis|
|front brakes||Hydraulic Drums|
|rear brakes||Hydraulic Drums|
|f suspension||Solid Axle w/Leaf Springs, Houde Shock Absorbers|
|r suspension||Live Axle w/Leaf Springs, Houde Shock Absorbers|
|tran clutch||11 Inch Single Dry Plate|
|top speed||~154.46 kph / 96 mph|