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1932 Chrysler Imperial Eight

1932 Chrysler Imperial Eight

1932 Chrysler Imperial Eight

In 1932 Chrysler offered their Series CH Imperial Eight which was a shorter version of the flagship Series CL Imperial Eight Custom.

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 CH Imperial Eight could be ordered in three different bodystyles from the factory and over 1000 Dour-Door Sedans were ordered compared to the much more scarce 2/4 Passenger Coupes and Convertible Sedans.

In Detail

submitted by anonymous
type Series Production Car
built at USA
price $ $ 1,945
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 56.18 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 2225 kg / 4900 lbs
wheelbase 3429 mm / 135 in
front track 1505 mm / 59.25 in
rear track 1553 mm / 61.15 in
length 5171 mm / 203.6 in
width 1822 mm / 71.75 in
height 1715 mm / 67.5 in
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.

Auction Sales History

1932 Chrysler Imperial Eight

1933 Chrysler Imperial Convertible 7531781 – sold for $130,000 1 of 5 known to exist. 300 miles since frame-off restoration. Red Head Straight Eight engine. Vee windshield and lamps. Rumble seat. Period ownership photos and documents prior to restoration.
Auction Source: Monterey 2014 by Mecum Auctions