The 1957-1959 Imperial LeBaron, Imperial's premium series, introduced with the expanded 1957 line and named after the great '30s coachworks that did some of its best work on Imperial chassis.

The 1959 Imperial LeBaron Southampton hardtop sedan, part of the 1957-1959 Imperial LeBaron series.
1959 Imperial LeBaron Southampton hardtop sedan.
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Only two identically priced four-door models -- pillared sedan and pillarless Southampton hardtop -- pitched $400-500 above comparable Crowns and thus not very popular when new, but worth seeking out now for that, as well as somewhat greater luxury. (LeBaron was Chrysler's answer to the Cadillac 60 Special.) These are bodily and mechanically the same as less costly contemporaries.

Pluses of the 1957-1959 Imperial LeBaron:
  • Rarity
  • Luxury
  • Comfort
  • Tasteful "ultra-car" styling for the period
Minuses of the 1957-1959 Imperial LeBaron:
  • Fuelishness
  • Rust-prone
  • Hard to find nowadays
Production of the 1957-1959 Imperial LeBaron:
  • 1957: 4d sdn 1,729; Southampton htp sdn 911
  • 1958: 4d sdn 501; Southampton htp sdn 538
  • 1959: 4d sdn 692; Southampton htp sdn 622
Specifications of the 1957-1959 Imperial LeBaron:
Length, inches: 226.3
Wheelbase, inches: 129.0
Weight, pounds: 4,765-4,940
Price, new: $5,743-6,103

Engines for the 1957-1959 Imperial LeBaron:

Type
Size
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8
392/413 325/345/350
1957-1959

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