Apr 12 2012

Then & Now: “Chrysler’s Chrysler”- 1937 and 2012

Coachbuilder LeBaron documented their unique 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 Town Car prior to its delivery to the Chrysler family. Compare these "Then" images with "Now" photos taken 75 years later. 


Howard Kroplick

Side View

Then: 1937
Now: 2012

Front View

Then: 1937
Now: 2012


Then: 1937
Now: 2012

Rear View

Then: 1937
Now: 2012

Instrument Panel

Then: 1937
Now: 2012

Jump Seats and Custom Bar

Then: 1937
Now: 2012

Passenger Seats and Vanity Mirror

Then: 1937
Now: 2012

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Apr 13 2012 Tom 9:35 AM

That is some car! Fantastic

Apr 15 2012 Ken Wiebke 1:33 AM

good research—as usual—-  the large fender skirts in evidence on the 1937 photo complete the beautiful art deco design. 

The three ridge botton moulding is evocative of the airflow design…It’s evident too on the steering wheel.

Apr 15 2012 Hugh Nutting 3:56 AM

Lots of interesting designing ideas. Remember LeBaron built the 1934 Imperial Airflow as well. The rear view mirrors are more like motorcycle type - worked good for the blind spots their driver had to deal with.

The #10 manufacturer’s plate is interesting in that is lower than Edsel Ford’s # 22. Might be from Walter’s Maxwell days?

Great original photos - thanks

Apr 15 2012 Howard Kroplick 8:15 AM

From Robert R:
“I can’t wait to see the Chrysler, Howard!”

Apr 16 2012 Bill Warner 10:27 AM

Terrific find.  When you get it completed, I would like to do a special town car class at Amelia.  The car looks amazingly complete.

Apr 22 2012 Mitch 12:20 AM

Awesome is the only appropriate description!

May 22 2012 Al Doerbecker 5:11 PM

Howard, Would love to have the opportunity to work on the brite work with you.

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