View Full Version : A Frank Sinatra Imperial 1982
Nice. I still see a few Imperials from the early '80's around, usually in silver for some reason and sun faded. Very unique styling.
06-01-05, 11:55 PM
Nice car but IMO no comparison to Cadillac and Lincoln counterparts of the same era.
06-02-05, 03:43 AM
Almost kinda looks like a thunderbird. Almost.
I had forgotten all about that.
That was the Reagan/Iacocca era, I remember some commercials on TV with Frank singing for Chrysler.
06-02-05, 11:40 AM
06-02-05, 12:39 PM
I have a 91 imperial that exact same color and it has the same exact grille. My parents got for me on my 16th B-Day for $1800 with about 60,000 miles. Now it just sits in the garage cuz its an extra car.
06-02-05, 03:43 PM
Sandy i forgot to tell you , that was the second imperial i almost bought ....
as you know i came very close to buying a 64 Imp Lebaron ...the sinatra was just up the street on a hill , i was so much n love with the 64 i didnt even bother with the sinatra ...but she was in good shape , acutally they boath were condiering they had been sitting for years in fairbanks alaska (were i was stationed)
the climte is good for the metal but it isnt so great for rubber
still to this day i regret not buying either one ....
Only 147 made in 1981? How many in 1982?
This is the kind of stuff I remember...
148 Frank Sinatra made for 1981
279 Frank Sinatra made for 1982
427 was the Total Frank Sinatra Editions.
The Power Glass Moonroof was an option in 1981,
it was discontinued for 1982 & 1983. There was NO Frank Sinatra Edition
for 1983. Of the 148 - 1981s a mere 53 were ordered & made with the Moonroof. Mine was one of them !!!! I sold it for a 1986 Lincoln Mark 7,
the Playboy Pink Mark that just recently sold on E-Bay for $ 12,000.00 :o
There's a convertible version out there, but it was apparently a custom-chop job. Didn't look right to me.
I was thinking that the Imperial did have some of the same aesthetic features of the Mark 7. I wonder if Ford stole that from them.
No, they were very different cars; stylewise. The Imperial was of the folded paper school or sharp, crisp lines, almost ruler-like. The Mark 7 was bulbous and rounded and hefty looking. It looked like it weighed in at 6,500 pounds, when it was really like 4,100 pounds. Driving the Imperial it felt like a ballerina on roller bearings. In comparasion, the Mark 7 felt like an elephant trying to skate with silly putty on its wheels. However, in its defense, the Mark had more comfortable seats, and more drag strip straight power. When the road got CuRvEy, you'd want the Imperial.
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