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1950 Chrysler Crown Imperial

Limousine
Mecum Tulsa 2021
Friday, 11 June - Saturday, 12 June 2021
$15,400
Sale Price
Yes
Reserve
11 June 2021
Sold Date
F80.1
Lot Number
#3-
Visually maintained
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis No. 70064588. Gold over gray cloth. 250/116hp six, column shift 3-speed, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, pushbutton radio, three-row seating, dual mirrors, suicide rear doors.

Evaluation: Older repaint with numerous chips. Very dull original chrome. Old tires. Chip in the top of the driver’s window glass. Sound interior but it smells a bit like mothballs. Some light surface rust underneath. A neat, rare limo but a bit rough to look at up close.

Bottom Line: A period ad called the 1950 Crown Imperial limousine “the aristocrat of cars” and a “car of supreme good taste.” General Douglas MacArthur also used one as his mode of transport during the Korean War. But despite those distinctions and these postwar limos’ sheer rarity, they don’t have the cachet of something like a Rolls-Royce or a prewar Packard. This one failed to excite anybody in Tulsa, and it sold for little more than a standard 1950 Imperial sedan in this fairly tired condition typically brings.

by Andrew Newton
21 June 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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