Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible

Introduced in 1938 and ultimately retired in 1996, Chrysler’s New Yorker nameplate represents one of America’s longest-running automotive nameplates. The New Yorker, which topped the Chrysler model range, was Chrysler’s most luxurious model and was exceeded only by the Imperial. Along with the rest of the Chrysler line, it featured all-new styling for 1940 that continued with minor revisions through 1942, when civilian automobile production was halted due to America’s full-scale involvement in the Second World War.

Shortly after the end of hostilities in late 1945, automobile production resumed, with nearly all American manufacturers offering mildly revised and improved variants of their 1942 models to satisfy the pent-up demand for new cars. One of the most-desirable Chrysler models was the stately and decidedly upscale New Yorker, based on a relatively long 127 ½-inch wheelbase that was shared with the Saratoga line. The New Yorker was offered with a long list of standard features including Chrysler’s innovative Fluid-Drive semi-automatic transmission and an inline eight-cylinder engine, supplemented by many available comfort, convenience and appearance options.

From 1946 through 1948, Chrysler produced just 3,000 New Yorker Convertibles. Of the limited number of survivors, few are in the wonderful award-winning condition of this particular example. It benefits from an older professional, nut-and-bolt restoration and is finished in black with a red and blue plaid “Highlander” interior and a black convertible top with red piping. It also includes most optional features that were originally available in 1947 including bumper guards, dual fog lamps, dual spotlights, an electric clock, a windshield washer and a pair of sun visors. In addition, the New Yorker rides on a set of period style wide whitewall tires, which were an available option on those New Yorkers produced after April 1947.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

135 bhp inline eight-cylinder engine, Fluid-Drive semi-automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127.5"

Source: RM Auctions

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