Fuselage Find: 1970 Chrysler Newport Convertible

The dream of finding a hidden gem is alive and well, even more so now than ever as a lot of people are finding themselves working from home which probably means more free time due to less commuting, and more time to spend on the computer. They’re still out there, folks, and this 1970 Chrysler Newport convertible is evidence of that. This formerly-hidden ragtop can be found listed here on eBay in Garden City, Missouri and the current bid price is $4,000, but the reserve isn’t met yet.

The driver’s side quarter panel doesn’t look quite as perfect as the other side does, but it had to have helped the rust situation that this car was hiding in a garage for 25 years before being discovered by the seller’s brother. They’re selling it for their brother, just for the record. There really is no information given about this car at all other than it was in running condition when it was stored in that garage for 25 years. It sure looks like it’s in great condition, though.

I’m assuming that this is the garage that this 1970 Chrysler Newport was stored in, but there really isn’t any information given about the car and there is no VIN is listed which is unusual for an eBay auction. The fifth-generation Chrysler Newport was made for the 1969 through 1973 model years and they had a very distinctive fuselage design. My parents had a 1969 Plymouth Fury III while we were kids and I love that fuselage style.

This is the only interior photo other than one showing the odometer which reads 23,215. We don’t know if it has gone over 100,000 miles or not with it being a five-digit odometer but there is a lot of wear on the interior shown in the photo above.

With no description and no VIN given, we don’t know which V8 engine this is but I’m assuming that it’s a 383, I’m not sure if the 440 was available in the Newport convertible? One of you will know for sure. Whatever it is, we don’t have a clue if it runs, starts, or even turns over. There’s no description at all other than it ran when it was parked in that garage for 25 years. Hagerty is at $6,600 for a 1970 Chrysler Newport convertible with a 383 in #4 fair condition. What is this car worth as it sits now?

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Comments

  1. 8banger dave Member

    Jan and Marcia in the back seat.

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  2. Raoul-F Raoul-F Member

    The 440 was definitely not available

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    • arkie Member

      My parents had a ‘70 Newport Custom with a 440 TNT. Why would a 440 not be available in a convertible?

    • Denis Member

      I had one with a 400.

  3. Jeff

    Why Not A Fully Restored And Running 68 Newp For Eleven Large?

    https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars/1968/chrysler/newport/100873591

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  4. Dave

    Gotta wonder just whose name is on the title. From the eBay as it sounds like the current owner never had the title transferred before the car went in the barn and now he’s maybe passed away and his brother tasked with cleaning out the abandoned cars.

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  5. DarrenB

    Enjoy your writing but I wish Barn Finds wouldn’t post ads from indifferent sellers who don’t include basic info about the engine, etc. I realize this might not be possible as “lazy listings” might represent the majority of ads for low-cost classics!

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  6. Maestro1 Member

    I, too, love this design, but once more, watch for cheap switching equipment on the dash, generally lousy body integrity and a driveline that will last you forever. The front seat be redone and there’s no power equipment and it’s not the sexiest color. The’68 that Jeff recommends would be the way to go.

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