Aug 08 2015

The Photo Artistry of Hemmings’ Richard Lentinello: 1937 Chrysler’s Chrysler

The spectacular photos for Hemmings' cover story on Chrysler's Chrysler were taken by editor Richard Lentinello. Richard has provided additional photos from the photo shoot taken at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the former Kings Point home of Walter P. and Della Chrysler.

All photographs are courtesy of Richard Lentinello of Hemmings Classic Car magazine.


Howard Kroplick

Forker House/Wylie Hall, Kings Point, NY

"A regal car photographed in regal surroundings, at Walter P. Chrysler's mansion on Long Island Sound in Kings Point, New York."

The proud owner.

Automotive historian Walt Gosden and Howard Kroplick. Walt wrote the second article"Streamline Moderne: The design and construction of Walter P. Chrysler's 1937 Custom Imperial town car." in the September 2015 Hemmings Classic Car issue.


"Matching rake of chauffeur and passenger windshields is an elgant touch by LeBaron styling staff. In fou weather, a roof insert covers the chauffeur's compartment."

The license plate light matches the front grille.


"The tastefully trimmed interior gives no hint as to the complexity of this restoration. The body's ash framing had to be replaced."

"Yes, the clock on the dashboard not only works, but keepstime reliably. Note the sunburst pattern on the speedometer."

"Round knobs are radio controls. Pushbuttons raise and lowerthe town car's glass divider."

Rear Interior

"This was the very epitome of automotive luxury in the late 1930s...The blanked-in C pillars and miniscule rear windows create a cocoon-like effect for the fortunate occupants."

"The handmade wooden vanity contains a bar and section fpr toiletries, mounted ahead of the jump seats."

"Yes, this clock also works."


"When the town car was first acquired, the Chrysler straight-eight had never been out of the frame."

"Despite not having been run in about a quarter century, it immediately fired with the first turn of the key."

"Transmission has an automatic overdrive setup."


Aug 09 2015 Ted 12:12 AM

Nothing I can say but simply super magnificent.

Aug 09 2015 Howard Kroplick 11:38 AM

From Jan Hyde:

Richard Lentinello, Brooklyn boy, former editor Vette Magazine is the best!

Aug 10 2015 Chris 6:49 PM

It is hard to think that something as cool as this was allowed to degrade till you rescued it. Bravo !

Aug 10 2015 frank femenias 11:09 PM

Great ‘back to the past’ photos!-Magnificent work to all gentlemen-Howard, Walt, Sam Greco, Steve Babinsky and Co.-“The Historic Dream Team”. Please keep ‘em comin’.

Aug 12 2015 L.M.K. 5:32 PM

I agree with exactly what Chris said and all of what everyone else has said too….

Wow !!

What a fabulous find & save !!

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