1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight


1931 CG Imperial Roadster. Chrysler brand 75th Anniversary press kit photo. March, 1999.

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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1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight
1931 CG Imperial Roadster. Chrysler brand 75th Anniversary press kit photo. March, 1999.

 

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
built atMichgan, USA
engineInline-8 w/L-shaped Cylinder Head
positionFront, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
block materialCast Iron
fuel feedStromberg DD3 Dual Downdraft
displacement6305 cc / 384.8 in³
bore88.90 mm / 3.5 in
stroke127.00 mm / 5 in
power93.2 kw / 125 bhp @ 3200 rpm
specific output19.83 bhp per litre
torque379.6 nm / 280 ft lbs @ 1200 rpm
body / frameBody over Steel Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
front tires18×7.00
rear tires18×7.00
front brakesHydraulic Drums
rear brakesHydraulic Drums
f suspensionSolid Axle w/Leaf Springs, Houde Shock Absorbers
r suspensionLive Axle w/Leaf Springs, Houde Shock Absorbers
transmission4-Speed Manual
tran clutch11 Inch Single Dry Plate
top speed~154.46 kph / 96 mph