Classy. I thought that these were such classy cars back in the 1980s. This is a 1982 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue and it’s classy. (classy, classy, classy!) This one is listed on eBay with no takers at an $1,850 opening bid. Which of you classy readers has owned one of these? I know that one of you must have.
This classy Chrysler has been sleeping for 15+ years and has always been a southern California car. That has helped keep the body in fantastic condition, rust-wise. They mention two small dings on the hood from when it was in storage, and also a scratch on the trunk lid.
In 1980, Chrysler moved the New Yorker name down to the M-Body from the bigger R-Body cars. The M-Body New Yorker shared its lineage with the Dodge Diplomat and the former Chrysler LeBaron which moved to the smaller K-Body front-drive platform in 1982. I know, it’s confusing. Chrysler made just 654 LeBaron Fifth Avenues in 1980 in this new, crisper body style and by 1982 these rear-drive M-Body cars were Chrysler New Yorkers. The Fifth Avenue trim was the top of the line. The VIN confirms that this is a Fifth Avenue as does the Iacocca-approved, posh, padded, landau roof badge!
This interior is amazing! And that carpet, it’s like walking on a water bed! A show of hands who had a water bed in the 80s? I thought so. Is that a piece of carpet stuck in the turn signal crevasse there? I haven’t seen that before, interesting. The seats are equally amazing, but the seller mentions that the driver’s seat could use some re-padding and maybe dying the leather where it’s worn a bit. The back seats looks just as nice or even nicer than the front seats do. Even the trunk, complete with contrasting lap blanket, looks like new. Who wouldn’t want to have been dropped off in front of the opera / museum / fancy-restaurant back in 1982 and get out of that back seat? I wonder if a person could have worn a top hat back there, that’s the image that “Fifth Avenue” conjures up for me and I’m sure that it did for Chrysler marketing execs, too.
This is Chrysler’s 318 V8 with a four-barrel and it runs great. Here’s some work that has been done: New electronic fuel ignition computer, new battery, three new catalytic converters, new brake pads, flushed engine, full tune-up, new drip-pan seal, repaired front power windows and turn signal. But, there’s more work to do: the headliner is falling down in spots, missing interior rubber top-of-door molding, AC needs a recharge, RF tire is out of balance, and there’s a crack in the windshield washer reservoir. Those seem like fairly minor things compared to the nice condition that this car appears to be in otherwise. Have any of you classy readers owned a classy New Yorker Fifth Avenue like this? Or, of any generation?