Lot 157

1937 Chrysler C-14 Imperial Convertible Coupe

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SOLD $140,000


$150,000 - $200,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

One of 351 Imperial Convertible Coupes Built; Just Six Known Today

Streamlined, Art Deco Styling in Attractive Convertible Coupe Guise

Well-Equipped Example Documented by Chrysler Build Records

Restoration to Factory-Original Specifications

Recipient of Multiple AACA Awards Between 2018 and 2021

Technical Specs

274 CID Inline L-Head 8-Cylinder Engine

Single Stromberg Carburetor

110 BHP at 3,600 RPM

3-Speed Manual Gearbox with Overdrive

4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs

Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

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“Sweeping Lines” is how Chrysler described its all-new C-14 Imperial series for 1937, an attractive blend of the firm’s aerodynamic expertise with Art Deco styling cues. Nowhere was this more evident than in sporting Convertible Coupe form, such as the example offered here. As one of just 351 built, it represents less than 3% of C-14 Imperial production that year. The convertible top folds flush with the body, providing a smooth, uninterrupted profile, capped by a rumble seat which provides comfortable accommodations for two additional passengers. The front-passenger compartment can be fully enclosed with roll-up windows, and this example is well equipped with the deluxe steering wheel, clock, fender skirts, and chrome wheel discs. The inline eight-cylinder engine is paired with an overdrive transmission for comfortable, high-speed touring.

The exacting restoration was carried out by Mark Seybold of Graveyard Run Restorations who obtained factory build records and finished the car in its original color combination of Everglades Red complemented by a black canvas top and a red leather interior. Following restoration, this car received an AACA First Place award in April 2018, followed by a string of five additional wins, the most recent in October 2021 at the annual AACA Eastern Fall Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For the 1937 model year, Chrysler only offered convertible models in its C-14 series and a mere six Convertible Coupes are known to survive today. Its rarity enhances its mechanical and cosmetic condition and its next owner can look forward to numerous show and driving opportunities.


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