Chrysler New Yorker 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 the Second World War. Shortly after the end of hostilities in late 1945, automobile production resumed, with nearly all American manufacturers offering mildly revised 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 127½-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.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
135 bhp, 323.5 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, Fluid-Drive semi-automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-elliptic rear springs with live axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127.5"
Source: RM Auctions