1961 Chrysler Crown Imperial .
You know this is one big car ;
But in the four door hardtop Southampton livery it is this . BIG ! Sedate and Gorgeous ! With the stand-alone headlights in the coves on each side of the rather formal grille to the thick but noticable fins .
From the rear it's a massive beast with Unique to the model year , tailights and the ubiquitus " Continental " spare in the trunk lid . Now the firm of Jo-Han did this car as a two door Crown Imperial . I don't believe anyone has done it as the four door Southampton .
The sad part . I can get one in the two door but the price is way above my budget ! Sad too . This makes the obtaining and building of this icon beyond my ability . This is the only thing about collectable models that get my gut in an uproar .
It's alright to make a fair profit at anything . But , at a price that makes you afraid to build it ? I wish some of the aftermarket companies would pick up on this one for real ! It's an icon of the breed at a time when anything was possible in cars . Pontiac went subtle but Big . Chrysler stayed Big and in your face !
Just think , with two resin Crowns , I could do one model of the Southampton ! Oh Well . O.C.G.