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1959 Imperial Custom Speedster

March 1, 2017

Owner: Murray Pfaff
Builder/Shop: Pfaff Designs 
Hometown: Royal Oak, Michigan 

 

Description:

The Imperial Speedster is the concept car that Chrysler never envisioned. Penned and built by designer Murray Pfaff, this two-seat sports-car features the fabrication of Detroit’s most talented craftsmen and engineers. Starting with a 1959 Imperial Crown Custom 4-door sedan, the body was cut into 46 major sections and welded back together. It has been shortened in five places for a total of 52”, narrowed 8”, and sectioned 3”.

 

Yet, despite the classic styling, glimmering chrome, and gold-plated emblems; underneath lies a thoroughly modern performance vehicle. Power is delivered via a 425HP 6.1L SRT HEMI V8 channeled through a 518 automatic to a Dodge Viper independent rear suspension. This road-reliable combination completed the Hot Rod Power - twice, giving it the label “the trailer-queen without a trailer”. 

 

The Imperial Speedster took over 10,000 hours to build, fusing modern technology and classic styling from the Motorama era. The result is a sleek, sexy roadster that could have come straight from the drawing board of Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner himself. Virgil Exner, Jr. stated “I know my father would love it, especially the big orange wire wheels. A beautiful and well thought out special build, excellently presented”.

 

Modifications: 

Starting with a 1959 Imperial Crown Custom 4-door sedan, the body was cut into 46 major sections and welded back together. It has been shortened in five places for a total of 52”, narrowed 8”, and sectioned 3”. Power is delivered via a 425HP 6.1L SRT HEMI V8 channeled through a 518 automatic to a Dodge Viper independent rear suspension all riding on a Schwartz G-Machine chassis.

 

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