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1962 Chrysler New Yorker Sedan

Sold For $17,600

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - MOTOR CITY 30 JULY 2016


Chassis No.
8323156802
  • An original survivor with just 26,593 miles from new
  • Original window sticker included
  • Powerful 413 “Wedge” V-8 and Chrysler TorqueFlite automatic transmission
  • An exceptionally well-maintained and preserved example

340 bhp, 413 cu. in. OHV Golden Lion V-8 engine, three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, torsion bar front suspension, and four-wheel power-assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126 in.

Chrysler, the manufacturer that exploited the tail fin most blatantly during the Fifties, was suddenly without them for 1962. While the new models used the same grille as the previous year, one look at the rear of the car identified them as new models. The rear fenders were shaved off smooth with the rear deck lid level, which was slightly raised. Taillamps were placed in the fender ends starting on the top of the fender and wrapping down the edge to a vertical stem on the back of the fender. That year was also the final one that New Yorkers were built on a longer wheelbase and the first year that two-door coupes were eliminated from the lineup.

Available as either a four-door sedan or hardtop, along with two- and three-seat Town & Country wagons, the New Yorker was Chrysler’s top-of-the-line. New Yorkers rode an exclusive 126-inch wheelbase, four inches longer than other Chrysler models. The model was easily identified by 10 bright bars on the trailing edge of the rear fenders along with the New Yorker script on the front fenders. Standard was a big 340-horsepower, 413-cubic inch “Wedge” V-8, and three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, along with power steering, power brakes, and electric clock. Total production was 20,223 units, including 12,056 sedans, like this example.

With just 26,593 miles from new, this New Yorker sedan is a spectacular survivor among cars not typically seen of the era. It remains in remarkable unrestored, preserved, original condition. Wearing its original black paint, the body is straight and free from corrosion and accident damage. Chrome bumpers, grille, and exterior trim are complete, excellent, and very straight. The “Jet Age” interior is lavish with brightwork, including the obligatory Chrysler push-button TorqueFlite controls and signature Lucite steering wheel. The tidy interior is trimmed in red vinyl trim with matching jacquard inserts, black padded dash, and original black carpets; all of which remain in wonderful condition. There is even a special mirror on the sun visor where one can jot notes—possibly for that upcoming important business meeting. All electrical items are functioning and a period spare tire, along with original jack and instructions, are included inside the cavernous trunk.

Underhood, the Golden Lion V-8 is well-maintained. Like the car, it remains original and unrestored. It comes complete with its original window sticker, which indicates optional equipment such as a power antenna, tissue dispenser, rear window defogger, Golden Tone radio, and right side rear view mirror. The consigner describes it as “strong-running and tight; a fantastic driving automobile that feels just like one would expect of a genuine 26,000-mile car.”

This is, without question, a car that was both cherished and exceptionally well-maintained during its 53 years.


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