What a GREAT car : The 1972 LeBaron sedan ( 1 of 13.472 produced ), SYD MEAD tells us :
I am a new member of the so.california imperial club. I received an e-mail
from a fan in fowlerville, michigan who said he had a car i might be intereseted
in. It was a 1972 imperial lebaron four door hardtop. The kicker was that at
time of sending him a wire transfer, the car had only 3,985 original miles on
it. I had it shipped out via blue highways and met the transport at the rose
bowl parking lot. The car is black, black vinyl top and gold leather interior.
I now have 4,1o4 miles on the car, and have had, and will have age-related maintenance
The former owner had a new a/c pump installed. I had the system charged with freeze12, an epa compliant refridgerant. He put five new michelin tires with the correct white wall width, a new master cylinder and brake pads; new water pump and other regular maintenance items. The car is now at a 'body off' facility east of pasadena having a new exhaust pipe installed, four new heavy duty shocks, the thermo carburator adjusted and the last and most frustrating 'repair,' the rim blow horn switch. I sent the steering wheel back to gary's steering wheel and he said he couldn't fix it. He sent it back, the wheel is now back on the car. I bought a new switch and am looking for a knowledgeable source to fit into the inner rim of the steering wheel.
Note: i had one of these as a daily driver when they were new. Now, 34 years later i can sort of collapse the intervening years and enjoy my '72 imperial once again.
I will send several pictures of the car for reference and perhaps, as with other members, they will be mounted on the site.
Thank you much
Christian and Sasha Anderson from Oakland have a 1968 Crown Convertible. And so does Lori Bergvall from West Hills. From Atlanta, Georgia, Chris Hawkins joins us with a 1966 Le Baron. Back to Southern California, Mark Johnson from Long Beach joins with a 1961 Crown 2 dr. and a 1981 coupe.
Mark Johnson of Long Beach
Other new members include Pat Patterson of Washington DC with a 1983 Imperial; Davis Reins with a 1981 Imperial and two 1982 Imps, one of which is a Frank Sinatra. Joining from Valley Village is Mitch Rosen and Fred Poston with a 1963 Crown. Bruce Stubblefield of La Cresenta has a 1971 LeBaron 4 Dr HT.
Stuart Suede joined with a 1983 Imperial and lives in Alhambra. John & Susan Swensson live in Saratoga and own a 64 Crown 2 dr HT. Lawrence Symons from Bell Canyon has a 64 Crown Convertible. John Vawter from North Hollywood has a 1962 Crown 4 dr Southampton.
Bob & Wendy Walker from Anaheim have a 64 Crown 2 dr HT. From Camarillo, Chris & Lucille Wachtendorf have a 1961 2 dr Southampton
Joining in August was Jerry Bickov of Bloomington, CA. Jerry drives a 1966 Crown 2 Dr. Don Cordell joined the club in September. Don lives in Lancaster and drove his recently acquired 1957 to the annual picnic in Laguna Niguel.
Don Cordell & his '57 Imperial
In September, Donald Bennett from Port Hueneme joined the club with his 1964 LeBaron. Myron Heaton from Las Vegas joins with his 1962 LeBaron.
Tim Hulse is an enthusiastic member who joined the club in November. He is from Bakersfield and drives a 1956 2Dr. Southampton. Tim loves everything about the 50's so it would be logical that the 56 Imperial is his favorite. Tim purchased the car in September of 2004. The car came up on eBay, and he had to make a run for it. Oh-oh. He lost the bid in the final seconds. However, the story has a happy ending. The gentleman who won the car was kind enough to buy Tim's 55 Sedan so that Tim could buy the 56. As the story goes, the original owner worked for a Chrysler dealership and owned the car until retirement. It was driven to Oregon, parked and never registered again. Tim had the car hauled to Bakersfield. Both his fellow workers and neighbors just shook their heads, not sharing Tim's enthusiasm. His wife was even less enthusiastic. Within four weeks, Tim had it running. Tim describes the car as having a bad dark green paint job. The original colors call for surf green and cloud white. The interior will also have to be redone with light green Eagle cloth on the doors and seat inserts. The car has air, but not currently operational. Tim has a pretty extensive "to do" list for his car. We will keep you posted on his progress. This is the fourth Imperial Tim has owned and he plans to hang on to this one for a long time.
Also joining in November are Jeff Burnam and Brian Dawson of Santa Ana. They own a 1955 4 Dr. Sedan. In January, 2005, Andren Mandolene and Todd Goddard of Rancho Mirage joined the club. Their fleet consists of: 64 LeBaron, 66 Chrysler 300 convertible, 68 New Yorker coupe, 68 Town & Country, 66 New Yorker six window sedan. Also joining in January is Cruz Ontiveros of Desert Hot Springs; he drives a 65 Chrysler 300L.
Bill and Mary Holz from Danville, CA., joined the Club in June. They have a 1955 Imperial Sedan. Dan Melnik from Beaumont, CA., also joined in June and is looking for a 1966 Crown Convertible. Welcome, too, Jerry Garvin of Anaheim who drives a 1959 4-door Southampton.