1940 Chrysler Crown Imperial Parade Car

Summary

New York City used this custom-built Chrysler Imperial as its official parade car for nearly 20 years. Heads of state, ambassadors, war heroes, and dignitaries rode in the car through cheering crowds along ticker tape-covered streets. Notable passengers included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, labor leader A. Philip Randolph, and baseball legend Connie Mack.

New York City used this custom-built Chrysler Imperial as its official parade car for nearly 20 years. Heads of state, ambassadors, war heroes, and dignitaries rode in the car through cheering crowds along ticker tape-covered streets. Notable passengers included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, labor leader A. Philip Randolph, and baseball legend Connie Mack.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1940

Creators

Chrysler Corporation 

Derham Custom Body Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 

Creator Notes

Body handmade by Derham Custom Body Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for Chrysler Corporation.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

60.35.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Chrysler Corporation.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Leather
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)

Technique

Customizing

Color

Blue
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 64 in

Length: 224 in

Wheelbase: 145.5 in

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