I noted in last week's column that I would delve deeper into the history of Chrysler Corp.'s Imperial. Car buffs are probably familiar with how Imperial and the numerous automotive products bearing the name evolved since it debuted in Walter Chrysler's 1926 product line-up.

Wanting to compete more directly in the luxury field with Cadillac and Lincoln, just two years after forming his company in 1924, Walter P. added the Imperial. The new line was offered in a number of body styles, including a roadster, a coupe, sedan and even a 7-passenger limousine with a glass partition.