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The coachwork for the 1929 Imperial Roadster was by Locke & Company, a New York based coachbuilder from 1903 through 1937. Locke & Company built custom bodies for the most prestigious marques of its day, including Cadillac, Duesenberg, Hotchkiss, Locomobile, Marmon, Mercedes, Packard, Pierce Arrow, Rolls-Royce, and Stutz.
The elegant body rests on a 136-inch wheel-base. This unique body features a side entry rumble seat with a folding upper panel that, when raised, becomes a windshield for the rumble seat passengers. Because of this unusual rumble seat door, this roadster became known as a “three-door roadster”.
This car is powered by a 309 cid, side-valve, six-cylinder engine capable of producing 100 hp.
Production of the L series Imperial ran only 21 months.
- Coachwork by Locke and Company based in New York
- Production ran from Oct 1928 to June 1930
- 2,900 were built
- Featured is a side-entry rumble seat
- Price new: $2,895