The 1975 Imperial LeBaron Coupe. Chrysler sold cars with the Imperial nameplate after this huge sedan and coupe, but I feel this series is the last true Imperial. The others were smaller and not true luxury cars in the old-school sense of the term.
Six foot wide button-tufted crushed velour —can only be the 1970s!
The LeBaron sedan. Impressive, almost arrogant styling. I only wish the rear window was a bit smaller like the '69-73 LeBaron's were. Their limousine-like rear window was SO elegant, imho!
Not Corinthian leather, that was reserved for the Cordoba, but this glove-soft leather was a step-up. Reclining seats were just making their way into domestic cars in a big way, although they were optional on American cars going back a couple of decades. Nash, in fact, pioneered reclining front seats all the way back to the 1930s.
This 1975 Imperial catalog was photographed a couple of years ago on one of my half-finished pieces of art, the background paint striping for "My Country 'tis of Thee." You can see the detailing and work that goes into the background for one of my pieces. I estimated there were between 3,000-4,000 individual stripes in every paint color I had at the time.
My Country 'tis of Thee—Fifty squares symbolizing the United States. They are red, white and blue, in the place where those colors feature on the flag, the blue background of the stars and the red and white stripes of the real flag. Several squares are blackened out, symbolizing the rot in America, the haters and those that try to vote the rights of minorities away, such as NOM, Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, and many others. The black squares also symbolize the government's inaction and seeming inability to rectify the situation. The multi-hued, intricately painted background symbolizes the most interesting part of the country, those colorful individuals living under this oppressive grid that make it all worthwhile. 27 x 16 inches on three joined pine panels.
I first wrote about this piece back in April, before many people had found my blog, lol. Sometimes I don't mind repeating myself!