Drawing Take the Leap by David Neace

Take the Leap

This is my colored pencil drawing of a 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Phaeton hood ornament. This beautiful ornament has morphed into the dull Ram logo now seen on Chrysler and the Dodge vehicles.

The Chrysler Imperial, introduced in 1926, was Chrysler's top-of-the-line vehicle for much of its history. Models were produced with the Chrysler name until 1954, and again from 1990 to 1993. The company positioned the cars as a prestige marque to rival Cadillac, Continental, Lincoln, Duesenberg, Pierce Arrow, Cord, and Packard. According to Antique Automobile, "The adjective ‘imperial’ according to Webster's Dictionary means sovereign, supreme, superior or of unusual size or excellence. The word imperial thus justly befits Chrysler's highest priced model."