Smooth curvatures, graceful lines, and majestic colors define many of history’s most popular classic cars, and will likely contribute to the designs that will roll off the line for many years to come. During the Roaring 20s, Americans were enjoying the bliss and jubilation that followed the end to a traumatic war, World War I. For a time, it seemed as though extravagance was the new normal, and “new money” families were grappling to have the latest technology, the greatest cars, and more. The Chrysler Imperial was first introduced in 1926, and it certainly fit the bill as a great-looking car for stylish families across the country. By 1931, the market had crashed, and millions were struggling to make ends meet as Chrysler produced the 1931 Chysler Imperial CG.
The model itself was produced over three years, but only in limited numbers. So limited, in fact, that only 339 units were made between 1931-1933. Each weighed in at around a staggering 4700 pounds, but could reach their top speed of 100 miles per hour nonetheless, and each had a wheelbase measuring 145 inches. The Chrysler “8” engine churned out 125 horsepower at 3200 rpm, and the engine earned the car its nickname, simply, “Eight.” Driving the behemoth meant maneuvering the 4 speed manual transmission with the floor shift controls.
Today, the 1931 Chrysler Imperial CG is worth a small fortune. Its original starting price tag was $2,745 (about $44,400 today-still a considerable amount of money, especially for the Great Depression, when jobs and incomes were scarce). Some units have sold well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. With low production numbers in the first place, any surviving units of the Imperial CG are subsequently very valuable, and well-restored units offer a huge payday for any seller.