S. Berliner, III's sbiii.com CHRYSLER IMPERIAL 8 Page keywords = Chrysler Imperial 8 Eight CG CH CL auto car classic custom le Baron Waterhouse

Updated:   13 Feb 2013, 16:30  ET
[Page created 26 Nov 2012;

    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
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S. Berliner, III
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note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.


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(The original Chrysler page, et seq., grew completely out of hand and this had to be added;
please have a look at it, the Chrysler Continuation Page 1, the Chrysler Continuation Page 2,
the Chrysler Continuation Page 3, the Chrysler Continuation Page 4,
the Chrysler Continuation Page 5, the Chrysler Continuation Page 6,
the Chrysler Continuation Page 7, and this Chrysler Continuation Page 8!)

These pages are basically unindexed but a HELP section is now on the continuation page 3 and the Chrysler Links section is being recreated.

Chrysler Imperial 8.

  '31-'32-'33 Imperial 8 Major Model Year Differences.

plus much more on Cont. Page 4.

Imperial L-80/L*80 - the "Big Six".

Jeep (moved to Chrysler page 1 on 02 Jul .

Model Chryslers.

On Chrysler Continuation Page 5:
    '39 and '41 Photos - moved to this page on 11 Nov 03.
    Miscellaneous Chrysler Photos - moved to this page on 11 Nov 03.
    Dodge Power Wagon.

On Chrysler Continuation Page 6:
    Gyról Fluid Drive and
    M4 Vacamatic and M6 Prestomatic Semi-Automatic Transmissions
    1930 Chrysler Pickup Truck!
    1929 Chrysler Pickup Truck!!!
    Odd 1940 Chrysler

On Chrysler Continuation Page 7:
    1931 CG Imperial 8 Limousine (moved there 26 Dec 09).
    1931 CG Imperial 8 Sedans (moved there 26 Dec 09).

On Chrysler Continuation Page 8   new (25 Oct 2011)
    '31 Imperial 8 CG Close coupled Sedan - "Old Betsey".   new (25 Oct 2011)
    '49 Highlander (New Yorker) C-46 Straight 8 Club Coupé.   new (25 Oct 2011)

On this Chrysler Imperial 8 Page:   new (26 Nov 2012)
    Classic '31-'32-'33 CG, CH, and CL Imperial 8s.   new (26 Nov 2012)
    1931 Chrysler Imperial 8 CG Close-Coupled Sedan by Stan Mott.   new.gif (13 Feb 2013)

On separate page - 1949 Chrysler 8 C-46 Owner's Manual


Classic '31-'32-'33 CG, CH, and CL Imperial 8s

. new (26 Nov 2012)

My focus here is on the classic Chrysler Imperial 8 straight eight L-head engined cars of 1931, 1932, and 1933.  These dramatic, long, low cars, often with custom bodies by le Baron and Waterhouse, among many others, were the epitome of '30s luxury.  They were favored by many stars of stage and screen, such as Al Jolson, Clark Gable, and a 1933 CL Imperial 8 convertible coupé was the Indy pace car!  A marine version of the engine, the Majestic 8, powered the stern drives of PT boats and Guy Lombardo's Tempo speedboats of that era.

Here, as an example of the sheer elegance of the Imperial 8 r, is this staggeringly-beautiful shot of Herr Rudi Müller's 1933 CL convertible coupé:

33 Imp CL 8 conv cpé
[photo from the collection (now) of S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]
{Thumbnail image - click on picture for much larger image}

My old 1931 Imperial 8 close-coupled sedan looked like hell but, when restored by present owner Greg Nowak out in Seattle, looks pretty sharp for a stodgy sedan:

31ImpCCS-1
(photo received 25 Oct 2011 and © G. Nowak 2011 - all rights reserved)

See Stan Mott's incredible rendering of Old Betsey, below.   new.gif (13 Feb 2013)

One of my all-time favo(u)rite cars is the Waterhouse Convertible Victoria on the Imperial 8 chassis:

1933 Imperial Waterhouse Vict. ex-Biehn/Groendyk
(cropped from 29 Apr 1956 picture by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved}
[29 Apr 1956 picture of Jim Groendyk's (ex-Gordon Biehn's) 1933 CG Custom Imperial 8 Waterhouse Victoria with (unfortunately) its top up!
on a 1931 chassis - that might well be Jim behind the Packard,]

although many feel that the semi-stock "Custom le Baron" roadster was the greatest.  Here's Dick Sage's '31 CG le Baron Roadster, unrestored, probably in Connecticut ca. 1960:

31 Chry Imp LeB Sage Road
(Ca. 1960 photo from Chrysler Corp. on 23 May 1961 and
copied 12 Sep 2003 by S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on picture for larger image]

Ya pays yer money and ya takes yer choice - me, I love 'em all!



Imperial 8 collector Dan Phenicie found this gem of a picture, a "beautiful 1932 Chrysler Custom Imperial 8 Convertible Roadster owned by Count Carlo Felice Trossi, of Genoa Italy.  The Count is one of the leading sportsman of Italy and President of the 'Scuderia Ferrari' and is much pleased with the performance of his new car.  This picture is shown through the courtesy of Giacomo Ferro, Chrysler Distributor at Genoa, who sold the car."  Source: Overseas Graphic, November, 1932 (collection of Dan Phenicie):

32TrossiImp8ConvCpe
(1932 photo from collection of D. Phenicie - all rights reserved)

Count Trossi owned some absolutely fantastic cars, many of which survive today!


Stepping out of his usual series of automotive cartoons and illustrations, famed automotive cartoonist and creator of the fabulous Cyclops auto, Stan Mott, executed this unique one that he just did as a personal favo(u)r to me; it's a 1931 Chrysler Imperial 8 CG Close-Coupled Sedan, "Old Betsey", I used to own and which is now fully restored and enjoyed by Greg Nowak out in Seattle (above):   new.gif (13 Feb 2013)

Old Betsey
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger/sharper image]
[mid-Jan 2013 pen and water-colo(u)r image by and © S. Mott, from the collection of S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Stan's mastery of line perfectly captures the elegance of the design and the "s__t-e_ting grin" on the driver absolutely exemplifies what it is to sit 'way back behind that enormous hood/bonnet and scoon!  I am inordinately pleased with this drawing; as soon as it is suitably framed, it will occupy a place of hono(u()r in my home!


Of course, there are limits to how much temptation I can resist:   new.gif (13 Feb 2013)

31ImpCGHearse
("photo" by Berlinerwerke Art Dept. - all rights reserved)

I kinda like it; Greg, will you ever forgive me?



(The original Chrysler page, et seq., grew completely out of hand and this had to be added;
please have a look at it, the Chrysler Continuation Page 1, the Chrysler Continuation Page 2,
the Chrysler Continuation Page 3, the Chrysler Continuation Page 4,
the Chrysler Continuation Page 5, the Chrysler Continuation Page 6,
the Chrysler Continuation Page 7, and this Chrysler Continuation Page 8!)


Cyclops fans; see Cyclops on my Automotive page!


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