Chrysler Corporation Chairman of the Board

K. T. Keller’s

1955 Prototype Imperial Convertible

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1955impcv1.jpg (23323 octets)Considered by many as the most significant postwar Chrysler Imperial, this custom made car was specially built by Chrysler Central Engineering for the Chairman of the Board, K. T. Keller at his request.

Significant Features

  • Only Imperial convertible built by Chrysler between 1951 and 1957
  • Engineering Experimental code "9999" VIN number
  • Special severe wrap-around windshield with wind-wings
  • First American convertible with four bucket seats
  • First Chrysler Corporation finned Automobile
  • Dash mounted 2-way rear view mirror
  • Interior consoles in both front and rear
  • Bumper-gauge one-off Continental Kit
  • Custom made leather upholstered 3 piece Parade Boot
  • Personal Thermos mounted in rear console
  • Hundreds of one-off castings and hand fabricated parts
  • Carrozzeria Buano (Ghia) designed steering wheel watch

Utilizing the unlimited resources of Chrysler Central Engineering, K. T. Keller directed the entire project himself. It took just shy of one year to complete. Never has anyone of the executive status of K. T. Keller put this amount of time into just one car.1955impcv2.jpg (25537 octets)

Restored by Chip Loree

Lafayette NJ

973-383-6575

 

Statistics:

  • 6 Thousand hours of labor
  • 50 Thousand miles of traveling to locate and fabricate parts
  • 1 Thousand hours of research
  • In excess of $100,000 of parts and material purchases

 

 

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Other pics:  go to http://www.imperialclub.com/YearByYear/1955/KTKeller/index.htm

 

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