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Art & Inspiration What the hell would you do with a '60 Imperial coupe?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 4t64rd, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,131

    from Texas

    And porknbeaner will send it down here to Texas where I will drive the wheels off of it!
  2. jimi'shemi291
    Joined: Jan 21, 2009
    Posts: 9,499


    LOL, this has been a fun thread! :cool: I didn't realize how many HAMBers appreciate these rare, powerful, LUXURIOUS beasts! :eek:
  3. Rot 'n Kustom
    Joined: Sep 24, 2004
    Posts: 1,999

    Rot 'n Kustom

    John D'Agostino's 1957 Imperial, from the mid-nineties.

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  4. sylvian
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 1,042

    Member Emeritus
    from Burbank

    Nice one... (Lots of photos of the build and the car here. Courtesy of Rik Hoving)


  5. No he'll drive it to Texas and then the fella in Texas will drive him home before he delivers it to the next guy. :D

    It will damn sure get used if it goes that route won't it.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012
  6. five-oh
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
    Posts: 429

    from Arkansas
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    'beaner, you get it to arkansas, I'll deliver it to texas---- in a couple years. lol
  7. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    ---------------------'re not the only one.
    Count me in too. That misshapen,
    out-of-proportion "thing" is proof
    of the adage that "just because
    something can be done, it doesn't
    mean that it should be done

  8. Dog Dish Deluxe
    Joined: Dec 23, 2011
    Posts: 778

    Dog Dish Deluxe
    from MO.

    That shorty convertible thing was such a waste of everything that went into building it. Except maybe the wire donk wheels, those are scrap metal.
  9. Giving it some thought.... Hmmmm... Gentleman's Hot Rod, like Jimmy's Caddy.

    The first thing people say about it when they see the car is "It's so huge!"

    So, it shall be dubbed the That's What She Said

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    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012
  10. bonez
    Joined: Jul 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,492

    from Slow lane

    I actually disagree. It didnt really need to happen even if just once. :)

    D'Agostino's is bitchin, totally forgot about that one.
  11. It will be a genuine HAMB car by the time all 100+ thousand of us drive it for a day or two it will need an overhaul, I hope it doesn't land on me at overhaul time. :eek:

    A lot can be done with them for sure, everything from stock to mild to wild. They are a boat for sure but sometimes a boat ride as all that we need to keep us sane.
  12. jimbousman
    Joined: Jul 24, 2008
    Posts: 548


    I remember driving my Dad's '59 La Baron all through high school. Push button shift, swivel seats, dash like a Wurlitzer juke box. Loved it!
  13. I don't think I have the fortitude (or the wallet) to do this thing up right... It'll be a few weeks before I get it pried from it's nest in my Dad's suburban garage. I'll post it in the classifieds then with all the details and pics. I wanna give a HAMBer the first shot... DON'T POST ASKING FOR INFO ABOUT IT HERE!!! I don't even know what ridiculous figure my dad has in his head, or what is TRULY wrong with it until I take a look at it in the open (I haven't opened the hood or gotten into it myself for about 4 years). I don't want this tagged as spam... I truly thought about keeping it and spent time photoshopping ideas.
  14. dv8
    Joined: Apr 15, 2001
    Posts: 1,097


    Why not black out the windows, and cruise the bus stops in the mornings handing out candy? They're all on to your other cars by now....
  15. Thanks alot DV8! Now I have to do a whole new pro and cons list...

    BTW, I don't know if they told you, we got a set of wheels for that Pontiac and Skip has a REAL tire changer... We just need the car over to ABdale and make the switch.
  16. 73super
    Joined: Dec 14, 2007
    Posts: 778


    Dang.. now I want one too!!!
  17. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,084


    Fix it, drive it and you will never pass yourself on the road coming the other way.
  18. jimi'shemi291
    Joined: Jan 21, 2009
    Posts: 9,499


    Beaner & Jim, you two guys pretty much epitomized WHAT :eek: is so special about these amazing, short-lived land yachts. They were designed & built to out-Caddy Caddy, in the post-Packard era. For at least a few, definite years (I'd say, '57 through '64), they DID. :cool: LONG LIVE THE FRAME-ON IMP!!!! :D
  19. That car should be saved at all costs.
    I'm not a huge Chrysler guy having owned only one, a '67 R/T for a short while, but I do respect and admire them.
    That's a rare item you own, something no manufacturer will ever produce again.
    Enjoy the ride.
  20. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    You got that right about it being
    something the likes of which no
    automotive manufacturer will
    ever produce again. My 82-year-old
    Dad tells me horror stories of scores
    of Packard 8's and even 12's - and
    other huge late-'20's and early and
    mid-'30's luxury cars that were
    scrapped in the late '40's and
    early-'50's because they where
    considered to be just huge,
    gas-guzzling, money-pits, far too
    impractical to have any further
    use or value by anybody as
    'transportation' anymore - and
    literally nobody wanted them. But
    try and buy one of these, now, highly
    desirable "classic cars" now and see
    the astronomical prices they go for!
    It's already starting to happen now
    with the late-'50 through '70's even,
    luxo-barges. They've already, due to
    their "impracticality" and thirst for fuel,
    long-since disappeared from the roads
    and I believe in a few more years, that
    these cars - if they're not already - will
    be considered to be the '30's Cadillacs,
    Packards and Pierce-Arrows and such
    "classic cars" of our era. If you don't
    want it and/or you can't afford, to fix
    it up properly, sell it to someone who
    can and will, but please, don't part it
    out or otherwise junk it!

    Last edited: Apr 25, 2012
  21. sierra rod shop
    Joined: Feb 16, 2011
    Posts: 382

    sierra rod shop

    just pass it this way
  22. bmax65
    Joined: Mar 2, 2010
    Posts: 20

    from usa

    You're pretty lucky getting a coupe....most I've ever seen are sedans.

    Well, since you asked....if it was mine, all I'd do would be- clean it, straighten it if need be, and give it a nice black gloss. Chrome reverse rims, slight nose down, full dual exhausts. It's got enough funkiness and style as is, I like the 60 and 61's.
    Just a big, black, cruiser to pile the miles on, and stretch out in. You're a lucky dog.

    Never owned a Mopar yet, so I have no clue if either an early Hemi, or the 2x4 long ram wedge setup could fit under the hood if you wanted a bit more giddy-up-go out of it. Maybe 3x2 or 2x4 on top of the stock engine, with a bit of lope to it would turn a few heads if that's what you'd want. Man you got my mind racing now, a period tweaked 60 Imp coupe. Wow.

    I know lots of folks don't like the Exner stuff. Not 'mainstream' enough. But I've grown to like the 57-63 Mopars, some of the detailing is fascinating. Exner, Anderson, Teague, Loewy, they did some neat stuff. Even the Engle Imperials aren't too terrible, but they are tame compared to the prior stuff.

    Well, good luck with whatever you decide to do. What a cool car. I'd take it in a heartbeat if I had the coin, and never look back.
  23. mrjynx
    Joined: Nov 24, 2008
    Posts: 971


    Give the ugly cars to the people who will love them, rather than doing something with your heart half in it.
  24. J'st Wandering
    Joined: Jan 28, 2004
    Posts: 1,772

    J'st Wandering

    So what happened to the car? Did someone from the HAMB site buy it?
  25. evs1
    Joined: Oct 3, 2010
    Posts: 160


  26. evs1
    Joined: Oct 3, 2010
    Posts: 160


    Dad always called those taillights "Sparrow Strainers"

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