Chrysler entered the fine car market by offering a more affordable luxury car with beautiful styling and performance to match. The result was the incomparable Imperial series. With their long wheelbase chassis, flowing fenders, and smart LeBaron-designed bodies, many consider the Imperials to be among the best looking classics of the era. Although their chassis and drive train technology was rather conventional, with 135 horsepower they were certainly quick.
The remarkable styling of the majority of the CG series Imperials was the work of LeBaron. Probably the most striking design in existence at the time was the Cord L29, styled by Al Leamy, so when Chrysler hired Leamy to design the Imperial, it is not surprising that the cars would bear some resemblance to it. Like the L29, the CG was long and low, featuring gracefully swept fenders and a vee-shaped radiator. With a remarkable 145-inch wheelbase, the CG chassis - Chrysler's longest ever - provided the room to allow designers to craft bodies with superb proportions. LeBaron improved on the design with a longer hood, a swept back grille and a more elegant side treatment. Though there were a number of customs executed by other coachbuilding firms, LeBaron accounted for the vast majority of bodies on the Imperial Custom Line chassis.
One of the rarest styles offered by LeBaron was the Rumble Seat Coupe. With its low windshield and compact passenger compartment, the LeBaron Coupe emphasizes the natural good looks of the Imperial Custom Line chassis, with its long hood and graceful, sweeping fenders.
According to Chrysler records, the 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Rumble Seat Coupe pictured here was delivered new to Oakland, California on April 10, 1931. The original body number was 143-93, and its engine number was CG 3399. While the number produced is unknown, only two 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Rumble Seat Coupes are known to survive.
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