This past Sunday, when the weather was beautiful and the sun felt golden, we were out driving when we came across someone enjoying his 1960s, super wide convertible—with the top down, of course.
“What is that?” gasped the person we were with, somewhere between Chapel Hill and Nirvana, mentally.
While it was not the 1964 Chrysler Imperial Convertible seen above, it might as well have been. The Imperial driven on the set of AMC show “Mad Men” is listed online right now for a paltry $39,000, or less if you want to bid on it like an auction.
This is the car that Don Draper drove, literally. Actor Jon Hamm drove the convertible in his California scenes, whenever his life of slick ad-selling and duplicitous life building in New York ever became too much for him. Thanks to Draper we know the following lessons:
- Life falling apart? Disappear for three weeks!
- Up all night with personal issues? Look doubly sharp in the morning!
- Enjoying one committed relationship? Try two!
- Boss embarrassing you? Race him up some stairs!
Although not a character without failings, he does have class and always makes sure that’s reflected in what he wears and drives. Auto site The Car Connection makes the case for why you should buy this car, or one like it, ASAP:
- “It’s a beauty. It’s not just a convertible, it’s a convertible tricked out in candy-apple red with white leather interior. If there’s a snazzier combination for a car like the Imperial, we haven’t seen it.
- “It’s in pristine condition. Since it was part of a show set in the 1960s, it needed to appear new. And it does.
- “It’s rare. Only 922 of these babies were built, and after 51 years, it’s likely that many of them have met their demise.
- “It’s eligible for warranty coverage. For an additional charge, the seller will arrange for a five-year/100,000-mile warranty — and for anyone wondering, that’s 100,000 miles in addition to the car’s current 87,292 odometer reading.
- “It’s a steal (allegedly). The listing doesn’t contain all of the specs needed for pricing, but the seller puts the NADA Guide value above $68,000. However, it’s listed with a buy-it-now price of $39,900.”
Not to sound our own horn, but our parent company runs two classic car auctions a year called The Raleigh Classic. The next one is in June, so now is a great time to do some homework on models you’re interested in.Visit The Raleigh Classic car auction to find your dream classic. Click To Tweet