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1961 IMPERIAL
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IMPERIAL 1961
IMPERIAL INTERIOR FABRICS AND LEATHERS

Every Imperial interior is hand tailored to standards reserved for the upholstery in the finest home. Higher nylon content in 1961 fabrics gave them a softer feel and greater resistance to wear. The craftsmanship normally seen in fine furniture was also evident in Imperial interiors. Foam rubber was lavishly used to ensure passenger comfort on even the longest trip. Upholstery fabrics were shrink fitted with live steam so they would stay taut and wrinkle free for the life of the car.

Interior prime leather hides were stored in high humidity rooms to keep it supple, and were especially milled to make it soft and supple. All cutting and fitting was done one piece at a time, by hand, and about one quarter of each hide was discarded as being below the standard. Leather hides were closely inspected to insure a perfect color match in each car, and variences seen in the dyeing of the various cloth materials used were matched to the leather material as well. The fabrics and leathers used in the LeBaron were the most elegant in any car in America at the time, and were hand selected and inspected before tailoring began.

For 1961, a new carpeting material especially developed for Imperial was introduced; it was designed to retain its beauty, resist fading, and remain soft and pliable twice as long as conventional automobile carpeting.

The installation of Imperial interiors on the assembly line was precise process, with no sacrifice of time allowed to make sure that each car was assembled to the highest standards. Skilled auto craftsmen work as if the one car they're now concerned with were the only one they would be building that day. In fact, one out of every ten employees in the plant was a highly trained inspector. Each car received their complete attention in a one-car-at-a-time inspection program that allowed every Imperial the opportunity to be thoroughly road-tested, re-examined, and adjusted before shipping.

1961 Imperial Custom interior in Russett

IMPERIAL CUSTOM

CLOTH INSERTS/SADDLE GRAIN VINYL BOLSTERS
Trim Code/Color


901 Blue*
902 Green
903 Topaz
904 Gray*
906 White and Gray*
908 Russett* (shown above)

*Swivel Seats available

1961 Imperial Crown interior in Green

IMPERIAL CROWN

CLOTH INSERTS/LEATHER BOLSTERS
Trim Code/Color


921 Blue*
922 Green (shown above)
923 Topaz
924 Gray*
928 Russett*

*Swivel Seats available

1961 Imperial Crown Convertible interior in White Leather

IMPERIAL CROWN CONVERTIBLE (Standard)
and SOUTHHAMPTONS (Optional)

LEATHER
Trim Code/Color


951 Blue*
955 Red*
956 Black*
957 White* (shown above)
958 Russett* (Convertible only)

*Swivel Seats available

1961 Imperial LeBaron interior in Gray Broadcloth and Leather

IMPERIAL LE BARON

BROADCLOTH INSERTS/LEATHER BOLSTERS
Trim Color/Code


971 Blue*
973 Topaz
974 Gray* (shown above)
978 Russett*

*Swivel Seats available

IMPERIAL CROWN CONVERTIBLE

TOP COLORS
Code/Color


331 Black
332 White
334 Blue

The panels that made up Imperial's convertible top were weather tight because there were no stitches to come loose. Each top was electronically bonded in a process that created welds which form a single unpierced shield that is actually stronger than the top material itself! Every single top was hand fitted to its frame by an expert two man team to ensure all tops were tight, wrinkle-free, absent of rattles, and would remain so for many years to come.

IMPERIAL LE BARON

LEATHER
Trim Code/Color


965 Red*
966 Black*
967 White*

*Swivel Seats available
(Stainless Steel Appliqués in roof insert are standard on all LeBaron models)



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