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Trouble in the hood...

Trouble in the hood…

They may not have been the most efficient vehicles ever made, and often their quality was suspect, but you’ve gotta admit that they made some great-looking cars back in the 1960s. Like this 1967 Imperial Crown four-door hardtop, spotted a few summers ago down in Little Valley. Its styling is very reminiscent of the 1961-64 Lincoln Continental — which was no coincidence, as they were both designed by Elwood Engel, whom Chrysler hired away from Ford in 1961 after the new Lincolns had hit the market. This boxy Imperial (whose basic shape debuted for the 1964 model year) was the basis for the Black Beauty, the car used on the television series The Green Hornet. With modifications, this squarish styling theme remained until the new “fuselage” styling took hold of all of Chrysler’s big cars beginning with the 1969 models. See the 1967 Imperial brochure here.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

...and the rear end

…and the rear end

Black Beauty

Black Beauty

In case the others weren't big enough for you

Crown limo, in case the others weren’t big enough for you