Westrand Car Show - 1951 Chrysler New Yorker

Chrysler New Yorker – (1949 – 1954)

The Chrysler New Yorker was produced by Chrysler from 1940 to 1996, serving for several years as the brand’s flagship model. Until its discontinuation in 1996, the New Yorker had made its mark as the longest-running American car nameplate.

The 1949 New Yorker used Chrysler Corporation’s new post-war body also shared by Dodge and DeSoto. The engine continued to be the 323.5 cubic in inch straight eight coupled to Fluid Drive and Prestomatic four-speed semi-automatic gearboxes. The New Yorker was available as a  coupe, four-door sedan and convertible

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The 1950 New Yorker was the more deluxe of the two eight-cylinder Chryslers. The Saratoga was the cheaper model) and they both retained the same engines and gearboxes as the 1949 models

1951 saw the introduction of the 180bhp Firepower Hemi engine enabling a 0 to 60mph in 10 seconds. A station wagon was also added to the range.

The 1953 New Yorker had a less bulky look with a shorter , a one-piece curved windshield and rear fenders integrated into the body. The Saratoga became the New Yorker and the New Yorker became the New Yorker DeLuxe. The New Yorker was completely redesigned for 1955 -1956

Howard Hughes, The eccentric aviation and film industry tycoon owned a pale blue 1954 new Yorker. This car was unusual because Hughes (who had a fetish about personal hygiene) had a huge aircraft air purifier/filter fitted in the car’s boot.

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1951 Chrysler New Yorker – dave_7 Canada [CC BY 2.0] Featured Image
1949 New Yorker Town and Country Convertible – Mr.choppers [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1954 Chrysler New Yorker Town and Country – John Lloyd [CC BY 2.0]
Howard Hughes – Acme Newspictures [Public domain]
1954 New Yorker (Front) – Stephen Foskett [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1954 New Yorker (Rear) – Stephen Foskett [CC BY-SA 3.0]