This 1975 Imperial LeBaron Crown Coupe was purchased new from Moothart Chrysler-Plymouth of Lakewood, California by Richard Carpenter of the vocal duo The Carpenters, reportedly for use by his parents Harold and Agnes Carpenter. The car is finished in black over a matching leather interior, and power is from a 440ci V8 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. Additional equipment includes power windows, locks, and seats as well as four-wheel disc brakes, automatic climate control, and cruise control. Brake work, fluid changes, and an air conditioning system service are said to have been performed in preparation for the sale. This Imperial is offered at no reserve by the selling dealer with manufacturer’s literature, a window sticker, documentation from previous ownership, and a clean California title.
Imperial was Chrysler’s high-end division between 1955 and 1975, and this final-year Crown Coupe is finished in black with ivory pinstripes and color-matched pebble vinyl on a section of the roof. Brightwork includes the bumpers, mirrors, wheel arch and rocker panel trim, and badging.
Steel wheels wear polished and chromed covers in addition to 15″ American Classic wide-whitewall tires. The power-assisted four-wheel disc braking system was serviced and the master cylinder replaced in preparation for the sale.
The cabin features black leather upholstery with button-tufted cushions as well as fold-down armrests on the front and rear bench seats. Amenities include power-adjustable front seats, electric windows and locks, an AM/FM stereo with a search tuner and power antenna, cruise control, automatic rear ride height adjustment, a power-operated remote trunk release, a rolling-numbers digital clock, and Autotemp II automatic climate control.
A two-spoke tilting and telescoping steering wheel frames rectangular instrumentation including a five-digit odometer that reads approximately 18k miles. The air conditioning system was serviced by the selling dealer.
The 440ci V8 features a single four-barrel carburetor as well as electronic ignition. An oil change and fuel system service were carried out in preparation for the sale.
A three-speed TorqueFlite 727 automatic transmission delivers power to the rear wheels. Additional underbody photos are provided in the gallery to show the condition of the suspension and drivetrain.
The window sticker lists standard and optional equipment as well as a $11,031.50 total price when new.
The sale includes manufacturer’s literature, hang tags, a window sticker, and various documents from previous ownership. A walk-around and driving video is provided below.