What If? 1984 Imperial Crown Tourer | Hagerty Media
Welcome to What If, a new feature from imaginative illustrator Abimelec Arellano and Hagerty. We'll be taking you back in time-and possibly forward into the future-to meet alternative-universe automobiles. Even better, our time machine is working well enough to bring "short take" reviews along with the photographs and advertisements. https://www.hagerty.com/media/what-if/what-if-1984-imperial-crown-tourer/
I have noticed that the last few test cars were, um, destroyed by Spaniel Felson in, um, unusual fashions. I'm thinking that he needs to be, maybe, relieved of his duties?? Then again, maybe he is the son- or son-in-law of the publisher or an editor, and as such is immune to firing. Oh, and why didn't that mechanical voice announce that the door is A JAR??? BTW, I find these "What If" articles to be absolutely hilarious!!
I believe that Spaniel Felson is, in fact, the scion of a powerful automotive family, and therefore will be allowed to "fail upward" until he inevitably becomes the Editor-In-Chief of "Car and Steerer". It is inevitable!
As aficionados of the genre are well aware, the Imperial Crown Tourer directly inspired the 2001 Renault Avantime, a Gallic take on Iacocca’s revolutionary four seat luxury minivan concept. Indeed the name Avantime was a portmanteau of avant, meaning ahead, and time, meaning, um, time, implicitly acknowledging the Renault’s debt to its American predecessor, which would not of course be revealed until 2021. When asked about taking design inspiration from an imaginary minivan that wouldn’t even see the light of day for another twenty years, Renault styling chief Patrick Le Quement scoffed, calling the questioner a “typically small minded American.”
Jack this isn't even close to the concept of Imperial but it's a hell of an idea. Most of it seems to be interior and exterior decor, which is expensive. But what a great idea. I have a close friend who owns among other things a 19 year old Chrysler Town and Country of the Fat and Round School of design, and he would not be without it. It just crossed 200,000 miles and the engine is noisy. We are prepared for its demise. But it keeps running. Thank you for this. Maybe I should start looking for one that isn't terminal of this vintage................
That out BMW's the amount of grill one vehicle can have. That front end is as smooth as a Baleen Whale. Probably helps to get the most amount of Krill in it's class! Heck this car should have some inside the car too. Can't let the crazy Russians have all the whale interior bits. (Check out the Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition for reference.)