For the 1931 model year, Chrysler introduced a major update to their elegant and luxurious Imperial line. While the Chrysler corporation had only been in existence for a few years to this point, they had quickly earned a reputation for quality cars of exceptional value. The Imperial line began in 1925 as a way for Chrysler to retain customers who wished to step up from their six-cylinder cars into something more grand and luxurious. The Imperial grew larger and more extravagant as they evolved and in ’31, a new 385 cubic inch straight-eight developing an impressive 125 horsepower was fitted to the 146” wheelbase chassis. The nine-bearing engine breathed through a Stromberg downdraught carburetor, as opposed to the more common updraft, setting it apart from other cars of the period. Perhaps the most recognizable feature of the CL Imperial was the seemingly never-ending hood that stretched over six feet from the radiator shell to the base of the windscreen. Credited to the industrial designer Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, this design feature hid the traditional cowl under a seamless hood, allowing for a clean look that greatly accentuated the length of the front end, giving the Imperial its
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