New Yorker has almost always been the model name reserved for Chrysler's top of the line model -- Letter cars and when Imperial was not its own make excluded. The New Yorker name can be traced back to 1938, when Chrysler called it top of the line model the "New York Special". In 1939, the model name was changed to New Yorker, a name the stayed with Chrysler until the LHS was dropped in 1996.
- 1 Model Predecessor
- 2 Model Successor
- 3 Related Models
- 4 Competition
- 5 Year by Year Changes, Production Numbers, and Cost:
- 5.1 1938-1948 Pre and Post War
- 5.2 1949-1956 The Keller Cars
- 5.3 1957-1961 Forward Look
- 5.4 1962-1964 Exner's Last
- 5.5 1965-1968 C-Body Slab Sides
- 5.6 1970-1973 C-Body Fuselage
- 5.7 1974-1978 C-Body The Broughams
- 5.8 1979-1981 R-Body
- 5.9 1982 M-Body
- 5.10 1983-1987 E-Body
- 5.11 1988-1993 C-Body
- 5.12 1994-1996 LHS-Body
- 6 Wiki Topic References:
- 7 Magazine References:
- 8 External Links
1937 Airflow Eight
- E-Class All but the 300 were Chrysler's lesser model of the New Yorker.
- Monarch (Canada)
- Packard 200 / Clipper
1938-1948 Pre and Post War
The Flat Head Straight 8cyl motor and Fluid Drive (Semi-Automatic) transmission were hardly leading edge technology, but were dependable. Like most cars immediately following WWII, the 1946-1948s were basically 1942 models with a different front end treatment.
- 323CI/135hp Flat Head
1949-1956 The Keller Cars
While the "Pontoon" front fenders disappeared for Chrysler's post war design, the cars had an unusually high roof-line, as dictated by Chrysler President K. T. Keller, who felt men wanted to be able to wear their hats while driving. In 1951 Chrysler answered Cadillac and Oldsmobile OHV V-8 engines with the introduction of the 331ci Hemi having 180hp.
- 323CI/135-hp Flat Head through 1953
- 331CI/180-hp Hemi beginning 1954
1957-1961 Forward Look
1957 introduced totally new Chryslers with Virgil Exner's huge fins on longer, wider, and lower bodies. 1957 saw the New Yorker getting the 392ci/345hp Hemi to replace the 354 hemi of 1956.
- 392CI/345hp Hemi Head for 1957-58
- 413-cid wedge head RB block 1959-61
Torqueflite 3-speed automatic
1962-1964 Exner's Last
1965-1968 C-Body Slab Sides
1970-1973 C-Body Fuselage
1974-1978 C-Body The Broughams
In 1979, the Chrysler full size cars were downsized from the C-Body to the R-Body, which was essentially a stretched B-Body. Also using the R-Body platform was the new Dodge St. Regis, a name borrowed from Chrysler, which replaced the full-size Dodge Royal Monacos previously on the C-Body. A late comer was the Plymouth Gran Fury of 1980.
- Old Cars Weekly - October 15, 2009