1966 Chrysler Imperial “The Tyrant”

Automobile manufacturers typically build two types of cars: regular passenger vehicles and wild, tire-squealing, high-revving performance vehicles. The latter is usually done by a company’s in-house performance division.

Mercedes’ in-house performance division is AMG. BMW has their M division. Over at Chrysler, they have the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team, which grew out of the original “Team Viper” group that was formed in 1989.

Since its inception 25 years ago, SRT has created high performance versions of many Chrysler vehicles including the Neon SRT-4, the Chrysler 300 SRT8 sedan, and the Ram SRT-10 Pickup. But what if SRT had existed back in the 1960s? What kind of cars would they have built? The guys at HPI Customs in Manitoba, Canada decided to try and answer that question.

This 1966 Chrysler Imperial nicknamed “The Tyrant” is an homage to Chrysler’s performance division. It blends modern technology and styling with old sheet metal to create a very unique automobile.

A V10 engine from a Dodge Viper has been stuffed under the hood. As if that weren’t cool enough, it’s also boosted with a Paxton supercharger, pushing the output to a tire-melting 750 horsepower.

I love the open and spacious look of a 4-door hardtop. HPI Customs did an outstanding job on this build, both in terms of craftsmanship and in terms of originality. You don’t see a lot of people building up sedans or Imperials for that matter, which makes this one all the more special.

Engine and Driveline
Paxton-supercharged Dodge Viper V10 engine, 750 HP
TCI Auto 6-speed automatic transmission w/paddle shifters
Ford 9-inch rear end
HPI 3″ exhaust with MagnaFlow mufflers

Brakes, Wheels, and Suspension
Speedtech Performance Corvette front suspension
Speedway Engineering Corvette ZR1 rear suspension
Wilwood 6-piston front and 4-piston rear brakes
Schott Wheels

Body and Exterior
Lexus black cherry paint
HID headlamps with LED halos
Custom sequential LED taillamps

Dodge SRT8 seats
Dodge Challenger console
Interior by Sew Fine Interiors