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    October, 2008
1961 Chrysler Crown Imperial .
Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, January 05, 2017 8:54 AM

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.

gjgeracci
  • Member since
    September, 2011
Posted by Arthur Anderson on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:39 PM

oldcarguy

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.

 

Actually, it was AMT's "sister" brand, SMP who did the 1961 Imperial kits.  They aren't hard to find, but a mint-in-box kit might set you back a hundred dollars or so, today.

Art

  • Member since
    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, August 14, 2017 9:56 AM

Art ;

 A hundred bucks for a model car would make me cringe . My budget would hurt for months !

gjgeracci

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