Cool Car of the Week

Tony Caponigro’s 1955 Chrysler Imperial
Tony Caponigro’s 1955 Chrysler Imperial

Tony Caponigro
Ankeny, IA
1955 Chrysler Imperial

Tony’s 1955 Chrysler Imperial was originally purchased by his parents from Freidman Motors in Des Moines in June 1955. The car is completely original and unrestored and currently has only 45,000 actual miles on it. The Chrysler Imperial was advertised as America’s Finest Motor Car with a Million Dollar Look. The car is a luster periwinkle blue body and has a sky blue roof. The wheels are period style, 8.20 x 15 White-wall tires with full chrome; threading cloth seats to include the signature Crown emboss embroidered on both front and rear seats, with pullout center armrests, foot-rests, handrails, a blue headliner, a blue dash panel, and accented with a Gold Crown on each door panel. It is well equipped with amenities such as factory-installed heater, defroster, power windows, power brakes, power steering, a power-operated front seat, and a Town & Country Seek and Scan AM radio. Other amenities that the Imperial was noted for included “two front Egg-crate grills”; Eagles ornamented front and rear, and featured “Gun-sight” rear tail lights to give the car a high profile fin design, which was introduced by Virgil Exner, Vice President of Design for Chrysler.

Tony’s 1955 Chrysler Imperial is the hit of many local car shows. This year it will be displayed at the 10th Annual Salisbury Automobiel Classic on Sunday, September 13th (located at the Salisbury House & Gardens at 4025 Tonawanda Dr. in Des Moines.)

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