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Need help with a question probably answered long ago. I claim my 1977 New Yorker is the longest production car ever made at 231.1 inches. The seller of a 1973 Imperial on e-bay claims this model (69-73)is longer at 235 inches. My Mopar statistics say the 73 length is 229.6". A colleague says it's the huge bumper guards (not featured on the 72 or earlier Imperials) that gives him the extra inches, but that these are add-ons and should not count and that the 1975-1978 Chrysler/Imperials were, in fact, longer. What are the facts?

Another friend says its moot anyway because some of the Cadillac Fleetwoods of the era were longer still. But I've paced these off at shows and they still come up short. Any answers?

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1952 Cadillac 75 series production styles are 236.25" overall. 1954 is 237.2". 1959's are over 244" overall. By 1973 they were 250" even. While the production was low (anywhere from 750 to 5,000 or so in the examples above), they are certainly production automobiles built by Cadillac at a GM plant with Cadillac-produced parts. My Chrysler book does not show overall length for any Imperial (Thanks, Krause) although it does for Chrysler cars.

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Longest Chrysler production car? The Chrysler-built '56 Crown Imperial Limousine, on a lengthy 149.5" WB, LOA 242.5". They continued those dimensions thru the Ghia-built '57-'63's (though none for '62), but I don't have data on the '64 & '65; will edit this when I find it.

As for Cadillacs, the '76 Fleetwood Limo and Sedan rode on a heroic 151.5" WB, with LOA 252.7".

Big American Cars!

Tom Gibson

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The Chrysler Building in 1986 taken from the roof of the U.N. Secretariat Building, looking west. The brown box in foreground is the Ford Foundation HQ, and 42nd Street is on left. There are better pix of the Chrysler, but from that perpective, it was the center of Manhattan.

That's some big ol' Chrysler!

Tom Gibson

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This is an interesting question and a challenge. Thinking that possibly Pre-War Chrysler's would beat out the newer cars, I find that the beautiful 1932 Chrysler's basically run only 214" long. The 1939 Imperial is 224". Out of the various series it will most likely be the Imperial since it was used as limousines but the 1950s-1960s models.

But this is comparing Apples to Oranges since your 1977 New Yorker is NOT a limousine as the other figures people have been given here represent. What you want to know is what is the longest "regular production" car.

Your friend is correct in two points. The 1973 Imperial is the longest post war production car by default due to the added 6" of bumper guards (due to new regulations) at 235.3".

I use to own a 1972 Imperial LeBaron as well as a 1975 LeBaron (and a 1963 LeBaron)... the 1972 is the same size as the 1973 so using that the 1972 is 229.6" long. My 1963 LeBaron was 227.8" long so longer than your 1977 New Yorker. But beating all of them out (except station wagons) is my 1975 LeBaron at 231.1" long. And beating that out slightly you will have to look at 1972 era Cadillac with the standard production Fleetwood 60 Special at 232" (the limo was 250")

Some might think the height of Cadillac's fin craze the 1959 may be "huge" but in fact short at 225".

Hope I haven't confused things?

Eric

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