Automobile [Chrysler Imperial Six]

Maker and role
Chrysler Corporation, Manufacturer
Production date
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Object detail

Accession number
Production period
1928 Chrysler Imperial motor car. Registration plate number is EF2234. 6-cylinder, vertical side valve engine, 31.54 HP, 4.740 litre (289 cubic inch), 3 forward speeds with 1 reverse, petrol driven. Does about 9 mpg. Brakes: Hydraulic expanding on all 4 wheels. The vehicle is a four door passenger car.
Brief History
The Chrysler Imperial was designed as a luxury car and, although the sedan version is relatively common, the tourer body style in this vehicle is extremely rare. This particular car is believed to be the last right hand drive version of this type in the world. Similar vehicles to this were entered into the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1928 and 1929 and won their class on both occasions.

The family who donated it to MOTAT in 1975 believe it was used by the Sir Bernard Freyberg for a tour of Hawkes Bay after the end of World War II. Freyberg had commanded the New Zealand forces in World War II (1939-1945).
Credit Line
Chrysler Corporation. 1928. Automobile [Chrysler Imperial Six], 1975.83.1. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


Public comments

I gave info re this car to MOTAT staff around a year ago after seeing it at a motor show. My father used to own it after buying it from my great uncle. If you want further info please contact me.

- Ross Corlett posted 3 years ago.

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