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1932 Chrysler Imperial Custom Eight

1932 Chrysler Imperial Custom Eight

1932 Chrysler Imperial Custom Eight

In 1932 Chrysler updated their Series CG Chrysler Imperial Eight into the Series CL Imperial Custom Eight. This flagship model was the longest produced in 1932 alongside the shorter Series CH, CP, and CI models.

The 1932 Chrysler received numerous styling upgrades but kept the conventional straight-8 engine and solid-axle suspension from previous years.

Distinct to the 1932 series was a new ‘de Sakhnoffsky’ false hood that extended all the way to base of the front windshield. The hood also featured sliding doors instead of the louvres used just a year earlier.

The Series CL Imperial Custom could be ordered in six different bodystyles from the factory including a Phaeton, Close-Coupled Sedan, 7-Passenger Sedan, Limousine, Covertible Roadster and Convertible Sedan.

With a limited market, the Cl was only sold in 1932 and 1933 with production reaching about 220 cars.

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In Detail

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type Series Production Car
built at USA
predeccesor 1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight
engine Inline-8 w/L-shaped Cylinder Head
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
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
compression 5.2:1
power 93.2 kw / 125 bhp @ 3200 rpm
specific output 19.83 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 55.07 bhp per tonne
torque 379.6 nm / 280 ft lbs @ 1200 rpm
body / frame Body over Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
front tires 17-7.50
rear tires 17-7.50
front brakes Hydraulic Drums
rear brakes Hydraulic Drums
steering Gemmer Worm & Roller
f suspension Solid Axle w/Leaf Springs, Houde Shock Absorbers
r suspension Live Axle w/Leaf Springs, Houde Shock Absorbers
curb weight 2270 kg / 5000 lbs
transmission 4-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.63:1, 2.48:1, 1.38:1, 1.00:1
final drive 4.10:1
fuel capacity 73.81 litres or 19.5 gal.