Lot 16
1932 Chrysler Imperial CH Convertible Sedan

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Selling on Wednesday

CHASSIS NO: 7900871

• Fully recognized CCCA Classic®
• Wonderfully preserved restoration
• Former AACA National First Place winner
• Twin side-mounted spares with hard covers
• 57 years of prior single ownership


384.8 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine rated at 125 HP, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 135”


The automobile comes in all sizes and shapes but, at the height of the Classic Era of the 1930s, the road was ruled by some of the largest and grandest cars ever made. This was the time when great names like Stutz, Marmon, Pierce-Arrow, Peerless, Packard, and Duesenberg ruled the road in grand phaetons, luxurious town cars, and dashing roadsters. Beautiful factory and coachbuilt bodies were the order of the day and they were loaded with dazzling chrome and fine woodwork. Nestled comfortably within these hallowed ranks was the Imperial from Chrysler. Large, richly appointed, supremely elegant, and powerful are just a few words that describe these stately cars as their imposing size was more than enough to loudly announce one’s arrival to a societal event.

Offered here is an excellent example of Chrysler’s Imperial, a beautiful 1932 Chrysler Imperial CH with power from a large 385 cubic-inch inline eight. This Imperial was once in the superb collection of mechanical engineer Franklin Farnsworth, who purchased it in Southern California back in 1952. Mr. Farnsworth owned it for 57 years and while in his possession it was completely restored and then won several awards including an AACA National First. Years of meticulous care have maintained it in the excellent condition that it presents in today. The paint, upholstery, engine and chassis are all very clean, well done, and have no visible defects. This Imperial CH is a convertible sedan that features all-weather protection with roll-up windows. The smooth and graceful body lines of this CCCA Full Classic® are nicely accented in a two-tone burgundy and black paint finish. At the front, its tall grille is topped with Chrysler’s “Leaping Gazelle” radiator ornament and twin trumpet horns add a touch of classic elegance. Attractive split-vee pop-out windshields provide a striking feature while the dramatic length of the front fenders is highlighted with dual side-mounted spare tires encased in hard shell covers. A large touring trunk is located at the rear and functional landau bars on the top represent an era where there was art in design. Of course, one could only expect that a car of this stature would have an interior that rivals the finest mansions in Beverly Hills and to this end the Imperial CH does not disappoint. Indeed, it speaks to an era of hand-crafted elegance and master craftsmanship that has long passed. The interior is upholstered in fine tan leather that’s soft and supple. All door panels, carpeting, and trim accessories are accounted for and the dashboard is a marvel of simplicity with all gauges neatly housed in a center-mounted gauge cluster complete with clock face styled gauges. Rear passengers are treated to the ultimate in comfort as the long wheelbase provides for ample legroom that is impressive. The front windows also swing out for ventilation. Power for this Imperial comes from its inline eight-cylinder in an engine compartment that carries correct wiring and clamps while the intake and exhaust manifolds are finished in baked porcelain enamel. Chrysler engineering always dictated that their engines were reliable, and this straight-eight is no exception. Smooth, powerful, and quiet were just a few of the hallmarks that made the Imperials' arrival more of a sight to behold rather than announcing itself with unnecessary noise. This Imperial rides on wide whitewall tires that are mounted on black wire wheels with Imperial chrome hubcaps. This Imperial has been displayed more than driven since 2014, which accounts for its pristine current condition.

Beauty, rarity, and splendor all come together in this magnificent Chrysler from the Golden Era of the motorcar. In all, Chrysler built just 152 CH convertible sedans. For the absolute best from Chrysler’s CH model, this Imperial, with its beautiful restoration and opulent appointments, makes it a motorcar that can be shown and driven for optimal enjoyment.