Chrysler New Yorker Origins
Although the actual model was produced beginning in the mid-1940s, a trim level dubbed, ""New York Special"" appeared on the market back in 1938 as a sub-series of the Chrysler Imperial. Much like many legendary cars in a lineup, the New Yorker set the tone for the corporation’s range of vehicles and provided the company with a solid launch pad to drive sales and bring the persona of the brand up to the level of its top competitors.
The first release of the New Yorker Special was a four-door sedan that eventually gave way to a coupe version and a two-door sedan in 1939. Eventually, a convertible model was released in 1940 along with the introduction of a concept known as ""fluid drive."" As time continued to progress, new body models were introduced in 1941 as technological advancements in engines and production continued. Like all car manufacturers, production stopped on the onset of World War II in 1941 and the New Yorker would not progress until the war was over.About the Chrysler New Yorker
The New Yorker is known for many things including its long legacy in the automotive industry and its design elements brought to the American culture throughout the years. From the original New Yorker Special model to the classic New Yorker Chrysler fins and the final LH platform, the model offered consumer countless revisions and upgrades throughout the years.
In the late seventies, the Fifth Avenue emerged as sub model for the New Yorker and the tenth generation of the New Yorker was launched in two models, known as the Base and the Fifth Avenue Trim. The Fifth Avenue trim allows consumers to upgrade to leather seating along with other interior amenities. By the time the thirteenth and last generation reached consumers in 1994, the New Yorker was resting on a new LH platform in a four-door sedan with 3.5-liter EGJ V-6.Chrysler New Yorker Features
The last model to reach production for the New Yorker occurred in 1994-1996 as the thirteenth generation in the lineup. Assembled on the Chrysler LH platform, the car thrived on 3.5-liter EGJ V-6 and a four-speed automatic transmission. Consumers thought little could separate the last generation New Yorker from the LHS, which had recently appeared on the market place.Chrysler New Yorker Evolution
As soldiers returned home and the production was reestablished across the nation, the New Yorker returned to the manufacturing floor as its own separate and unique series in the Chrysler offering. From 1946 to 1948, the New Yorker experienced little change on the exterior or the interior and was produced in a four-door sedan, two-door coupe, and two-door convertible trim. The model did offer one unique alteration, which featured a change to the four-speed semi-automatic transmission.
The second generation New Yorker, available from 1949-1954, saw many changes in terms of body and design style. Body styles now began to include the four-door sedan, two-door coupe, two-door hardtop (also known as the Special Club Coupe), two-door convertible, and four-door station wagon. The 1950 New Yorker boasted a 135 hp, a range of exterior colors to choose from, and cloth upholstery, which was not common for that time period. In 1951, the Fire Power Hemi engine was born allowing drivers to reach zero to 60 in 10 seconds. Needless to say, it quickly became a favorite of racing enthusiasts.
The third generation reached consumers in 1955 and only continued through 1996. The hemi engine in the 1955 produced 250 hp and set the tone for Chryslers continued progression in terms of engine performance and speed. Quickly following the fourth generation from 1957 to 1959 started with a Hemi V-8 engine that reach 325 hp along with a three-speed automatic transmission. Two-door hardtop, two-door convertible, four-door sedan, four-door hardtop, and four-door station wagons were available.
The early 1960s introduced the fifth generation, and the classic Chrysler fins were slowly disappearing from models much to consumer dismay. In 1963, a warranty was added to car boasting overall sales of all Chrysler models. In the sixth generation, the New Yorker’s body was redesigned by Elwood Engel and resembled Lincoln Continental. Body styles sold included the two-door hardtop, four-door sedan, and four-door hardtop. Jumping to the eighth generation in 1976, the New Yorker body style was drastically different from previous years and resembled the front and rear style of the then-discontinued Imperial.