We have recently been working on a 1958 Chrysler Imperial Ghia limousine. This is 1 of 36 similar cars produced. They were used by political dignitaries and wealthy people for many years after their production. Jackie Kennedy had one as a personal car at one point. This particular car is being restored by an enthusiastic collector in Denver. It will probably be the most accurate and best one in the world when completed. He has the benefit of having several other similar models. Our challenge was to complete the body and paint work on the car which we did. Being 20 feet long it was a major undertaking the hours of sand were quite long and difficult.
The next step for the car is interior completion. We will post pictures as the car continues along the path to complete restoration. The large photos above are the car in its current state. Scroll down for timeline images during completion.
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Body work began on this Imperial Limo by filling in and fixing all body work imperfections then getting the car prepped for paint.
After the body work was completed it was moved into the booth for its coats of primer. More body work is needed before the actual painting of the car can take place.
The doors, fenders, hood and trunk lid were painted off the car but at the same time as the body to keep the paint consistent with the rest of the car and allow for the best possible paint job.
After the paint has dried and fully cured it was sanded and then buffed to create that concours mirror finish.
After all the paint is done, final assembly begins.