The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 40
1956 Chrysler New Yorker Newport

Selling on Friday

1956 Chrysler  New Yorker Newport

CHASSIS NO: 99807127

• A legendary Virgil Exner designed classic
• Two-tone paint finishes with tons of chrome
• V-8 power with a three-speed PowerFlite automatic transmission
• One of the longest-running American nameplates

354 cid V-8 engine, 280 HP, PowerFlite automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 126”

Chrysler had found success in the early ‘50s with large, flashy cars, which allowed them to creep up to #2 in American auto sales. With unusual paint schemes for the era, a powerful drivetrain, and a wide variety of options, you could fine tune your New Yorker to fit your style and your budget. You could even order an optional under-dash record player.

New Yorkers became a three-model series for 1956 – the New Yorker, New Yorker Newport, and the New Yorker St. Regis. The Newport designation was used to denote the hardtop body style on coupes and four-door sedans. Chryslers were fundamentally unchanged from 1955 but were given a flashy new look via the addition of large finned rear fenders styled by the now-legendary auto designer Virgil Exner, a look they dubbed “PowerStyle”. Riding on a 126-inch wheelbase, the New Yorker Newport cost a healthy $4,102 before options. Power was supplied by a 280-horsepower, 354-cid Hemi V-8 driven through a PowerFlite three-speed automatic transmission. Chrysler built just 3,599 of these new luxury cars during the 1956 season, but the Newport established them as far more than an economy car company at the same time.

This handsome New Yorker offers a classic Fifties look, painted a combination of desert rose and cloud white with a tan cloth interior. It sports lovely paint finishes and panel gaps, with ample chrome and brightwork in great condition throughout. Just as clean underneath, it has obviously been well-cared for throughout its life. This example is nicely equipped with the unique push-button automatic transmission, power brakes, dual side mirrors, AM radio, power windows and wide whitewall tires. For aseldom seen ‘50s luxury car, this New Yorker Newport is a car that displays well and offers spectacular performance in a way only a Chrysler can deliver.

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