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36k Mile Survivor: 1978 Chrysler Newport

1978 Chrysler Newport

A 1978 Chrysler Newport may not seem all that exciting, but when any car is as original as this one is, it tends to grab my attention. This Chrysler only covered 35,901 miles before being parked in a garage where it sat for the next 20 years! The seller purchased this one from the first owner and has already done all the work to make it a safe driver. The fuel tank was drained, the carb was rebuilt, and the brakes were gone through. New tires were also purchased, but have not been mounted just in case the next owner wants to keep the originals. It’s located in East Liverpool, Ohio and is listed here on eBay with bidding starting at $0.99. Now, the question is – should this low mileage bomb be preserved in a climate controlled garage or should it be returned to daily driver duty? Thanks goes to Jim S. for the submission!


  1. Ed P

    What a well preserved old car. I don’t think there is much interest in these big Chrysler land yachts yet. This could be a cheap way to get into the hobby.

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  2. Grr

    What is with that crazy upholstery? Did they let half-blind grandmothers loose on the interiors?

    The proportions of these huge cars look comical today – huge front and rear decks compared to the passenger compartments. So completely unnecessary it makes me wonder what people were thinking back then…

  3. Nova Scotian

    Wow, look at the size of that machine. Imagine the mess it would make of a 2015 toyota corolla if it was clipped going down the highway….or any other 2015 car! …My neighbour had one of these when I was growing up…took up his whole driveway! I like the immenseness of these oldies. This one is in great condition!

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  4. dj

    How many cars today can you get a full set of 15″ tires in the trunk? Along with the factory spare. LOL

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  5. JW454

    I don’t think I would have picked this fabric for the seats either but it was the seventies you know. Look at just about everything from that time. My parents had one very wild looking living room set. There was disco, leisure suits, and avocado green kitchen appliances. This buggy looks pretty tame considering all that.

  6. Dirty Dingus McGee

    Save the whales

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  7. PaulieB

    The last year of the C Body cars that were redesigned in 1974 just when the first OPEC oil crisis was in full effect. These were actually heavier but shorter than the ones that they replaced. A heavy big-engined car that could pass anything but a gas station.. I used to see these on the road back in the day..few and far between but out there with the same “high quality” Chrysler had become infamous for in the late 1970s.

  8. josh

    People keep bashing 1970s anything, but this car is cool, and the upholstery is perfect! I had a 75 Newport with “Castilian” cloth seats…my favorite thing about that four door sedan.

  9. Barry T

    I’d need a second job to keep the gas tank filled if I was going to use it as a daily driver. My ex-wife had a 1974 Chrysler wagon back in the late 1980’s that we used as a second car. That beast had a 440 cubic inch V-8 and drank gas like crazy. I have to admit it was super for hauling stuff.

  10. Ian

    I have recently bought a 1991 M Benz w124 with 43400 on the clock. Do I drive it or garage it ? Both ! Will be keeping the miles down to 2-3k a year and storing through winter but all cars need to be driven some and enjoyed by yourself and others. This looks a really nice car esp the period interior so hope it gets used carefully and sparingly

  11. RickyM

    Love this – such an enormous car. Would be great to export to over here in Kent, England. Would certainly be unusual, that is for sure !! Great find.

  12. Mr. TKD

    This would make for a great weekend ride.

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