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1956 Imperial Limo Body Tag decode?
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kvest
Posted 2021-02-18 2:19 PM (#609041)
Subject: 1956 Imperial Limo Body Tag decode?


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I have a 1956 Imperial Limo that I would like some help on to decode.





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frwl
Posted 2021-02-18 4:43 PM (#609043 - in reply to #609041)
Subject: RE: 1956 Imperial Limo Body Tag decode?


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MODEL 68 = Crown Imperial Limousine, 8P (67 = 4door Sedan, 8P)
PAINT 01 = Raven Black
TRIM 48 = Broadcloth and Black Leather for Driver’s Compartment
SCHED 018 = Scheduled on November 8, 1955 approximately (Production began on October 21, 1955)
ITEM 201 = First Crown Imperial built that day

A5 = Power Antenna
G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows
M5 = Air Conditioning
S4 = Powerflite 2 Speed Automatic Transmission and Power Steering

All other equipment (Heater, Music Master Radio with Rear Speaker, PS, PB, PW, Power Seat, WSW Tires) were standard and did not stamp on the cowl tag.

Since January 31, 1956 almost all Imperials were equipped with Torqueflite Transmission (it would be code S6 on the cowl tag), but you are have a very early production car equipped with Powerflite Transmission (code S4 on the tag). I guess your car is 24th Crown Imperial built – the cowl tag says in the right bottom corner – 1024…

Here link to my thread about 1955-1956 Chrysler Detroit Plant Cowl Tags Decoding:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=74258&...

P.S.: I have no info about color of broadcloth (code 48) in rear compartment: is it gray or tan?
Can you post some pictures of your car including serial number?




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kvest
Posted 2021-02-20 6:58 AM (#609101 - in reply to #609041)
Subject: RE: 1956 Imperial Limo Body Tag decode?


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Here are some pics of the rear seat. I can't get the driver door open yet so I don't know the VIN. I am going to work on it some more this weekend. I would love to get the VIN so I can learn the history of the car.



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kvest
Posted 2021-02-22 5:52 PM (#609169 - in reply to #609041)
Subject: RE: 1956 Imperial Limo Body Tag decode?


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Here are the metal tags attached to the upper and lower rear seat if that helps your records any.



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frwl
Posted 2021-02-24 2:51 AM (#609201 - in reply to #609041)
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It is a very interesting color combo: tan bolsters and door cards, gray cushions and blue door frame mouldings…



Maybe I'm wrong but it seems like are faded…
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kvest
Posted 2021-02-28 3:02 PM (#609359 - in reply to #609041)
Subject: RE: 1956 Imperial Limo Body Tag decode?


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I finally got the door open to get the VIN.

C56*1028

Edited by kvest 2021-02-28 3:03 PM
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56D500boy
Posted 2021-02-28 4:15 PM (#609362 - in reply to #609359)
Subject: RE: 1956 Imperial Limo Body Tag decode?



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kvest - 2021-02-28 12:02 PM I finally got the door open to get the VIN. C56*1028


Sorry to break this to you but all that tells us is the car is a 1956 Imperial. It doesn't even tell us whether it is a 149.5" wheelbase Crown Imperial or a normal 133" wheel base Imperial.

I know you know it is a Crown Imperial but the VIN does say that directly. The data plate probably does. That and a tape measure and the jump seats.

On the upside, it looks to be the 27th Imperial built in the 1956 Model Year




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kvest
Posted 2021-02-28 5:25 PM (#609366 - in reply to #609041)
Subject: RE: 1956 Imperial Limo Body Tag decode?


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The data plate is above. It is a 149.5 wheelbase limo. It has the jump seats and the divider window. When I get some time to resize some pictures I will post the car. I just needed the VIN to try and trace some history on it hopefully.
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56D500boy
Posted 2021-02-28 7:17 PM (#609369 - in reply to #609366)
Subject: RE: 1956 Imperial Limo Body Tag decode?



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kvest - 2021-02-28 2:25 PM The data plate is above. It is a 149.5 wheelbase limo. It has the jump seats and the divider window. When I get some time to resize some pictures I will post the car. I just needed the VIN to try and trace some history on it hopefully.


I don't doubt for a second that your Imperial is a Crown limo. It's just that the VIN doesn't tell you that.

When the Covid thing passes, you should be able to contact Fiat Chrysler Historical with proof of your ownership and the VIN. With that, they used to reply with an image of the IBM card for your car. From that, it will be possible to figure out what options the car was built with and where it was delivered. There won't be any more info from them so you might have to pull in other resources to get more info/history.

Like this one posted by Dieter I. from Switzerland for his 56 New Yorker 2 dr hardtop:



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