Don Draper 1964 Chrysler Imperial

AUCTIONS: Don Draper’s 1964 Imperial Crown Convertible Is Up For Bid

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Don Draper 1964 Chrysler Imperial

Actor Jon Hamm was the star of Mad Men as Don Draper. The womanizing and chain-smoking Draper always looked perfectly of the moment, and that included the cars he drove.

His cars were as much a part of his persona as his clothes and his ever-present cigarettes. One of those cars was a 1964 Imperial Crown convertible and now it’s going up for auction.

It appeared on screen in Season 4, Episode 3 when Draper drove it to visit his wife in California. He had the top down and his sunglasses on looking the epitome of a successful businessman.

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According to ScreenBid, there are less than 200 of these cars still in existence today. It’s a rare car and this one’s screentime makes it even more of a collectible and could up its final sale price.

Don Draper 1964 Imperial

The car is often misidentified as a Chrysler Imperial, but Imperial was its own brand after 1955. It was designed to compete with the likes of Cadillac and Lincoln by delivering a luxury experience. Elwood Engel, creator of the Lincoln Continental, even ended up at Imperial and completely redesigned the car for 1964.

The Imperial Crown is powered by a 413-cubic-inch V8 wedge engine paired to a push-button, three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. It comes equipped with luxury car features of the day.

This includes power steering, brakes, windows, roof, and even a power antenna for the working AM/FM radio. Those features might not seem like much in 2016, but back in the 1960s, this was one fancy car to own.

Don Draper 1964 Imperial Rear

There has been one major cosmetic change to the car over the years. The original paint color was Roman Dark Red. It is believed to have been repainted to its current bright red about 20 years ago.

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The thorough paint job covers every painted surface except for a small circle under the hood. This was intentionally left with the original color to show how the car looked when it was factory new. The only other change is new interior carpet.

As proof of its history, the Imperial Crown comes with a certificate of authenticity stating that it was used on screen in Mad Men. With less than 1,000 of these originally built and only 200 around today, it’s a truly collectible car.

The auction is set to begin on June 1 and end on June 15.

Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin