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 Post subject: Waterhouse Chrysler CG Imperial
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:50 am 
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This car is a very rare Chrysler Convertible, Victoria, bodied by Waterhouse. Waterhouse was a well known coachbuilder of the era. They built 300 bodies for the various marque's, only 25 are known to still be in existence. Of the 25, only 3 Chrysler Waterhouse bodied cars exist.


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 Post subject: Re: Waterhouse Chrysler CG Imperial
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:08 am 
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The first car in this thread, the one from the O'Quinn Collection, is going to be auctioned.
Here is what RM has to say about it.

RM Auctions wrote:
Estimate: $450,000-$600,000 US
125 bhp, 384.8 cu. in. eight-cylinder L-head engine, four-speed manual overdrive transmission with free-wheeling, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 145"

Although the first car to bear Walter Chrysler’s name was a medium-priced six, within two years the upwardly-mobile automaker had added a lower-priced four, in effect an improved Maxwell, and a high-end model, the E-80 Imperial. Selling for $2,645 to $3,695 for production styles, the Imperial competed directly with the Packard Six and the lower-priced Cadillacs. Chrysler applied distinctive touches to the Imperial to set it apart from other models, including bullet headlights and a scalloped radiator and hood reminiscent of Vauxhall. The engine, while resembling that of the popular G-70, was larger, of Packard proportions, and the wheelbase was stretched nearly eight inches. Six production body styles were offered, along with two long-wheelbase catalog customs, a landaulet and a town car. Model year sales of 9,114 were respectable, though no threat to either rival.

Additional Imperial body styles were introduced in 1927, and in 1928, in addition to production bodies, custom styles from LeBaron, Dietrich and Locke were cataloged on four different wheelbases. Prices of the custom-bodied cars ranged upwards to $6,795. The engine was bored an eighth of an inch, resulting in displacement of 309.3 cubic inches and brake horsepower of 100, 112 with an optional high-compression head.

For 1929, Chrysler Corporation cars were given a “corporate look,” coinciding with the introduction of the new Plymouth and DeSoto marques. Grille shells featured a thin band of chrome around the perimeter, which gave them a lighter, more intricate look. The Imperial’s scallop motif was continued, although with the thinner shell it was less prominent. Imperials were all now on a longer, 136-inch wheelbase. 1930 brought a new four-speed transmission.

In July 1930, Chrysler introduced the Series CG Imperial. A vastly different automobile, it was larger than its predecessor, riding a 145-inch wheelbase. The appearance had been completely transformed to what we now recognize as a classic icon. The radiator shell had become a grille, boldly set out and canted back at a rakish angle. A wire mesh screen defined its forward surface, and a long hood gave extra prominence to the nose. Fenders were given flowing curves, the visual cue replicated in the Duesenberg-like bumpers, and headlights became sleeker. Moreover, the upscale Chryslers had a new heart. In place of the old 309 cubic inch six was an all-new straight eight, the configuration now favored in the industry. Actually, there were no fewer than four different Chrysler eights, but the Imperial got only the largest, a 384.8 cubic inch, nine-main unit making 125 bhp. The Imperial line had been expanded, too. Included were four “production” bodies by Briggs and four cataloged custom styles. In addition, one could order various individual customs for construction on the Imperial chassis. The semi-custom bodies, roadster, coupe, convertible coupe and dual-cowl phaeton, were all furnished by LeBaron.

Waterhouse, Inc.

In many ways, innovations originating in Europe migrated across the ocean, and there is perhaps no better example than this elegant Convertible Victoria. In 1929, a brilliant designer named Alexis de Sakhnoffsky was commissioned by the Belgian firm of Van den Plas to build a special body on a Packard chassis. His bold new design was innovative, combining the virtues of a five passenger coupe with a roadster, producing an extremely elegant open car that offered convertible comfort and seating for five. The car was debuted at the Monte Carlo Concours d’Elegance, where it took the grand prize.

So appealing was the design that Packard decided to commission a similar car for the Paris Auto Salon. With only a few weeks to go, it was a challenge that few coachbuilders could have met. The aggressive young firm of Waterhouse and Company was chosen for the job, and the result was truly striking. The long hood of the 745 chassis was combined with the close coupled new body, and accented with a rakishly angled windshield. The molding treatments that Waterhouse designed were simpler and made the car seem even longer and lower. The top was as low as possible, and incorporated internal landau joints.

More than a copy of Sakhnoffsky’s design, the new Waterhouse convertible Victoria combined the European flair with American style, creating an overnight sensation. At its introduction, Packard President Alvan Macauley was so taken with the design he immediately ordered ten more; these were the first of more than a hundred Waterhouse convertible victorias that would ultimately grace Packard’s senior chassis.

Car no. 7801063

While the vast majority of the Waterhouse Convertible Victorias were mounted on senior Packard chassis, the popularity of the design led to orders from other major manufacturers. A few ended up on Chrysler’s new CG Imperial chassis. According to Chrysler’s build records – a copy of which accompany this sale – this car was delivered to Waterhouse in Webster, MA on October 17, 1930.

No records survive of the original, or very early, owners, however this example is well known among the members of the Classic Car Club. In the fifties or early sixties, the car was owned by Robert Wittenberg from Mequon, WI. The next owner, believed to have been in the sixties or early 1970s, was Darryl Fuchness – who sold the car to Tom Monaghan for his Domino’s Museum in Ann Arbor, MI.

When the Domino’s museum was sold at auction in 1994, this handsome Waterhouse Chrysler was purchased by the late Bud Mick, a well known Ann Arbor collector. Mick kept the car until the early 2000s, when he sold it to noted collector Ethel Lanaux of New Orleans, LA.

Ms. Lanaux commissioned Michigan restorer Bob Ansalone to undertake a comprehensive professional restoration, finishing the car in several shades of aubergine. Upon completion, the car was debuted at Pebble Beach, where it won third in class. An incredible roster of awards followed, including:

2006 - Best in Class - Glenmoor 2006 - Best in Show - Hilton Head 2007 - Artist’s Choice - CCCA Senior Experience, Kalamazoo, MI 2007 - Best of Show - Ault Park, Cincinnati 2007 - CCCA National First Primary - Dearborn, MI 2007 - Best of Show – American - Meadow Brook Hall Concours d’Elegance 2007 - Best of Show - Keeneland Concours, Lexington, KY 2008 - Best in Class - Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Finally, on April 17, 2008, the big Chrysler was acquired by John O’Quinn for his growing collection in Houston Texas.


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 Post subject: Re: Waterhouse Chrysler CG Imperial
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:12 pm 
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I'm not sure about the tires (the wide radials look wrong) or the purple but otherwise a fantastic car. Waterhouse bodies bring a real premium in the market.


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 Post subject: Re: Waterhouse Chrysler CG Imperial
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:52 pm 
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This picture is from 1980 so I don't know if it's the same car


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 Post subject: Re: Waterhouse Chrysler CG Imperial
PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:33 am 
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Waterhouse Chrysler CG Convertible Victoria, 1931


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 Post subject: Re: Waterhouse Chrysler CG Imperial
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:19 am 
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Another one in a nice picture


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Chrysler Imperial Eight by Waterhouse 1931


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