Here’s a fun fact for you: it was easier to find a tow hitch setup for my Chrysler 300C than it was for my Imperial. That’s no joke. When I moved from Arizona to Kentucky four years ago, I wanted the Imperial to haul the small U-haul trailer since I had overbuilt the rear suspension and had enough of a rake that the weight would at worst only level the car out. Unfortunately, even when you consider that the Imp is related to a popular cop car from the 1980s and it’s overstuffed, pseudo-luxury cousin, the fact of the matter is that nobody makes a tow hitch for an FMJ Chrysler and those that exist were relatively dinky.
And it’s not just my own situation, either. Using a car to tow isn’t that big of a deal: if it’s rear drive and has some kind of guts in the engine bay, you stand at least a fighting chance of hauling around a trailer without killing yourself or breaking parts every five minutes. And here’s the proof: Mike Finnegan’s “Blasphemi” ’55 Chevrolet is the last car we’d use to tow anything bigger than a Cozy Coupe with, but a little bit of modification to the frame and a hand-built hitch setup done in the garage and he can now haul around “Game Over”, his psychotic drag boat, and the trailer it sits on when it’s out of the water. There is no real trickery to it: some square tube, a hitch reciever well, a welder, a grinder, and some patience with measurements whips up a stout unit.
Now, this won’t replace a good truck for heavier duty stuff, but if you have a camping trailer or want to haul around a riding mower on a small trailer, you don’t have to break out the F-950 Urban Duty CrewZer in order to make the trip that can easily be done with a regular car.