Love Mad Men? Love cars? Don Draper’s 1964 Chrysler Imperial is crossing the auction block.
Offered by ScreenBid, the 1964 Imperial Crown convertible was used in season 4, episode 3 and is one of 922 Imperial Crown convertibles ever built. They’re so rare now that is it believed fewer than 200 exist today. ScreenBid brags that this 1964 Chrysler Imperial is the only Imperial to boast having been smoked in by Don Draper, when he drives it to visit the real Don Draper’s wife in California.
There’s a bit of history about the car too, as many mistakenly refer to it as a Chrysler Imperial, including local DMVs when titling the car. In fact, Imperial was a separate brand after 1955, spun off by Chrysler to compete with Lincoln and Cadillac.
This particular model was penned by famous auto designer Elwood Engel, who also created the Lincoln Continental slab side design. Under the hood is an iconic 413 V8 paired to a 727 TorqueFlite push-button automatic transmission. It has power steering, power brakes, power windows, power antenna and an electric top.
It is believed this example is all original except for a repaint about 20 years ago and new carpeting. The paint job was a comprehensive frame-on that covered all painted surfaces except for one small circle under the hood, that was deliberately left in place by the paint shop as a nod to the original paint code.