It may be hard to believe in today’s world of stretch limousines and Navigators and Suburbans with deeply tinted windows but, back in the 1960s, most VIPs and celebrities were driven in impressive yet elegant conveyances. Nothing on a truck chassis. Heavens no. Among the most recognizable was the Cadillac Series Seventy-Five, a factory-built limo available with or without a glassed-in divider between driver and passengers. These cars were quite attractive and exclusive, but they were as common as a Chevy Biscayne when compared to today’s subject: The Crown Imperial limousine.
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My favourite was the first, the 1955, 1956 shoe box design. But no doubt Cadillac was entry level luxury, Lincoln a big step up and Imperial wore the Crown, with Rolls Royce and Bentley fitting in somewhere near the middle.