The gurus of automotive
design history will tell you that the 1960 Imperials are unclassifiable, an
intermediate step between the Forward Look of 1957-’59 and the neoclassic
look of 1961-’63. These people have surveyed with amusement or pity the
baroque esthetics of the ’60s. For if the chassis and drive train of the
1960 Imperial derive from earlier years, the restyled body prefigures the
’61 model, just as the rear bumper stayed in service for two years following
The grille and tailfin treatment give a startling appearance to the car, in
particular the heavy front bumper in the form of a shallow "V" rising at the
ends to meet the body, and the trapezoidal grille.
inspired by those of the 1959 Plymouth (themselves suggested by the "613"
prototype of 1957), break the pure lineof preceding years with their upward
thrust. They surmount a new taillight that is even more extravagant, looking
something a gyroscope or the device that gave them the nickname of
"microphone taillight." Calligraphic emblems on the flanks of 1957 and ’58
Imperials come back into service, and so does the style of the dashboard,
with big round instrument clusters lit by "electroluminescence" (as on the
AstroDome Chrysler). The interior rear-view mirror returns to a rational
place on the dash, while the steering wheel becomes nearly rectangular.
The hardtop’s "landau"
roof is available with inserts sweeping in a curve from front to back,
either painted or done in stainless steel a $62.40 option except on the
LeBaron, where the decorations were standard. The LeBaron comes with a small
back window to protect its owners from the gaze of a curious public. Those
decorative roof panels, alas, soon experience problems of opened seams and
There are no significant engineering changes from the 1959 models. Among
options a new record turntable is offered, this one following RCA design and
playing regular 45-rpm discs.
Ghia continues to produce a small number of Crown Imperial limousines, on
which almost all Imperial options are standard. Only 16 of them were sold in
this model year.
V8 Wedge "Golden Lion" 413 CI (6769 cc)
Bore x stroke: 4.18 x 3.75 inches.
Horsepower: 350 hp at 4600 rpm
Torque: 470 ft/lbs at 2800 rpm
Compression ratio: 10.0 / 1.
Carburator: 4 BBL Carter AFB 2927 S
Electrical: 12 V
Automatic transmission "Torqueflite" 3 speeds
Converter ratio: 2.2 /1
gear selection: 5 pushbuttons (left-hand side of inst. panel): N, D, 1, 2, R.
Ratios: 1° : 2,45 ; 2° : 1,45 ; Drive: 1 ; Reverse : 2,2.
Rear axle: 2.93 / 1.
Front, type independent, torsion-bar with ball joints,
power steering : "Constant Control Power steering".
Rear, type semi elliptic leaves
Brakes: power, 4 drums ( 12 in.)
Parking brake (drum) at rear of transmission
Wheelbase: 129 in. (Ghia: 149.5)
Length x width : 226 (Ghia: 248) x 81,1.
Weight: 4655 to 4860 lbs (Ghia: 5960 lbs)
Height: 57.5 in loaded
Tires 8.20 x 15 (Ghia: 8.90 x 15)
PY1-L Custom sedan 4dr: 2335 at $5029
PY1-L Custom Southampton 4dr: 3953 at $5029
PY1-L Custom Southampton 2dr: 1498 at $4923
PY1-M Crown sedan 4dr: 1594 at $5647
PY1-M Crown Southampton 4dr: 4510 at $5647
PY1-M Crown Southampton 2dr: 1504 at $5403
PY1-M Crown convertible 2dr: 618 at $5774
PY1-H LeBaron sedan 4dr: 692 at $6318
PY1-H LeBaron Southampton 4dr 999. at $6318
PY1- ? Crown Imperial limousine: 16 at $16000
- A/C. ($ 590)
- "Sure Grip" differential
- Pw. windows and seats on PY1-L (std on others).
- Pw vent windows (std LeBaron)
- Solex glass
- Power "Swivel seat" or 6 Way power seat.
- automatic rear view miror "Miror-matic"
- "Electro touch" Radio
- Auto pilot.
- Electric door locks
- Highway HiFI RCA 45 rpm
(on right front door post):
Custom: 9104 100001 to 9104 1.....
Crown: 9204 100001 to 9204 1.....
LeBaron: 9304 100001 to 9304 1.....
Ghia Crown Imperial: 9904 100001 to 9904 1....
Engine number (on the block in a flat space behind the
P 41 .......
1960 IMPERIAL photo
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