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.
|type||Series Production Car|
|predeccesor||1931 Chrysler Imperial Eight|
|engine||Inline-8 w/L-shaped Cylinder Head|
|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|
|bhp/weight||55.07 bhp per tonne|
|torque||379.6 nm / 280 ft lbs @ 1200 rpm|
|body / frame||Body over Steel Chassis|
|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|
|gear ratios||3.63:1, 2.48:1, 1.38:1, 1.00:1|
|fuel capacity||73.81 litres or 19.5 gal.|