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Hardtop Wagon! 1964 Chrysler New Yorker

The New Yorker was Chrysler’s most luxurious car, excluding the Imperial which was sometimes marketed as a Chrysler and sometimes not. 4-door hardtops were a common New Yorker body style, but lesser seen were the pillarless station wagons, which saw only 2,793 copies built in 1964. The seller’s wagon is one of them and was in use until about eight years ago. It’s a bit rough from sitting outside for ages and needs restoration, but when was the last time you saw one? Located in Commerce City, Colorado, it’s being sold as part of a dealer liquidation. Available here on craigslist, the asking price is $2,450. Another nifty Mopar tip from local_sheriff!

Chrysler launched the New Yorker nameplate just before WW2 and it remained in production through 1996. In 1963, the cars benefitted from a redesigned body that all but ditched the Forward Look applications of the late 1950s/early 1960s. In a savvy marketing ploy that boosted sales, Chrysler was the first to introduce a 5-year/50,000-mile warranty with their 1963-1964 automobiles. The big cars were little changed for 1964, with subtle differences in the grille and taillights. The 413 cubic inch V8 was in its next to last year in 1964, and the pushbutton automatic was also on the way out. The seller’s wagon has both.

The seller is also a dealer and looks to be selling off everything before retiring. We’re told he/she has owned this Chrysler for 25 years and was driving it until 2014. It was driven into its current spot on the lot and left to fend for itself. As such, rust has managed to get into the rocker and quarter panels that the seller says are repairable. But when this happens, there is usually more where the “sun don’t shine”. One piece of glass is also broken.

We’re told that a tune-up and a carburetor rebuild may get this old girl running again. The odometer reading is 68,000 miles, so hopefully, a rebuild of the engine won’t be needed. The wagon has a white and black interior that may clean up, but then may not. The bucket seats are a rarity in a station wagon and this Chrysler has them. That and along with factory air conditioning which was beginning to be more commonplace in the mid-1960s. If this station wagon is solid underneath, it would be a very cool ride for occasional outings.

Comments

  1. Cadmanls Member

    Drivers side rear window is gone so imagine the rear floor board in that area is also in need of replacement. Sure don’t see this one too often. Was running 10 year ago before it was parked outside, that’s not a problem.

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    • stillrunners stillrunners Member

      Think I see a reflection and even at that they are power windows – could be just down…….

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  2. Rex Kahrs Member

    Wow, this is a cool car. Some overall shots of the car front/back/side would obviously be helpful ( STI CAZZI), but considering the production numbers of this model, this might be one of only 4 or 5 in existence.

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  3. Dave

    That right rear glass might be a problem. Is it unique to this car or is it shared with other models?

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    • DON

      Likely the same as the full size Dodge wagons

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    • GitterDunn

      Apparently, that glass is shared with all full-size Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth wagons from 1961 thru 1964, which should make locating a replacement a mite easier!

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      • GitterDunn

        CORRECTION: Should read: “from 1960 thru 1964”

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  4. Will Fox

    If I were wanting one of these, I’d try to exercise patience and buy the most solid original example I could afford. These unibodies rusted in ‘expensive’ places, so it’s worth your while to possibly locate one from a dryer state like CO. or the left coast. These offer a great ride, and turn heads at car shows. Not that many left these days.

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    • Allen L

      This is a Colorado car, so, obviously that State is not a guarantee of being low rust threat.

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    • stillrunners stillrunners Member

      Better ones will cost a lot more…..a lot more….a lot more….

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  5. Gene

    A little off topic but I’m grabbing a 63 New Yorker for an engine transplant. It’s also a 413 but a dual-snorkel air cleaner. Other than breathing easier, would this indicate a higher-performance 413?

    • Michael P Mizerka

      Only if HP Was stamped on the Engine block Tag

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  6. Spudoo

    Excellent find and worth every penny of the asking price to the dedicated station wagon community and/or Mopar fans. Not sure about the rear glass, which obviously needs to be replaced, but beyond that, this has the potential to be a rolling project and after a full restoration will be worth many many times the current asking price.

  7. Eric_13cars Eric_13cars Member

    For $2450, if this was anywhere near to me, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Clean it up a little, getting it running nicely and leave the rust alone for when you have time to deal with it.

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  8. LMK Member

    This car must have been a real looker in its prime. Black with the light interior and bucket seats too…I hope it gets saved…

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    • Psychofish2

      That can’t have been very common. Plus the AC?

      Top of the line here.

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  9. Joe_P

    We had a ‘64 but it was a Newport. I learned to drive a stick on it, 3 speed on the floor. Got ot up to 120 once, pedal still not to the floor.

  10. DON

    Looking at the few pics provided, it seems to be more rotten than just the rockers and quarter panels – the lower tailgate is really bad and the right front door bottom is rusted away, and that’s just what can been seen in the pics. The rear glass looks like recent vandalization, maybe that’s why hes decided to sell it. .

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  11. Stan

    Power windows.

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  12. Joe Machado

    I have been here before. It was closed.
    So, I went to google earth street view and a 63 wagon is behind it.
    An Edsel wagon it seems, a couple 64ish Imperials convertible, 60 Continental. Some cool cars.

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    • stillrunners stillrunners Member

      Yep noticed the other wagon behind it – maybe a parts car ?

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  13. John Prill Member

    Cool car, Great write-up !! I think I see the “square” steering wheel in there ! Russ, considering the cars you choose to write up, you should change your name to “Rust” Dixon ! LOL

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  14. Glenn Schwass Member

    Interesting. I’d like to see the front end. Some of the Chrysler wagons had really neat rear ends. My parents had a 61 Valiant 4 door. Eh, as far as looks but the wagons looked really cool. Wouldn’t have mattered. It rusted bad, the slant 6 would have run forever, but was replaced in 68 with an AMC a
    REBEL wagon.

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  15. That Guy

    I hadn’t realized so few of these were built. When I was a kid there were two families within a block of mine who drove them. I assumed they must have been more numerous. I always thought they were particularly nice looking wagons.

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  16. Bill McCoskey Bill McCoskey Member

    Summer of 1970 I was getting ready to head off to college, and Dad felt I needed a more reliable car than my old Packard sedan, so we went shopping at the Chrysler-Plymouth dealer where he bought his new 1967 Fury III wagon.

    I was seriously considering a beautiful low mileage, all white New Yorker wagon. It was fully loaded including dual A/C, full leather interior, Bucket seats and the 413 HP engine. The dealer was asking only $500, and indicated he would take a reasonable offer. I was about to offer $450 when my dad came over and said he found my next car!

    It was a 1966 Plymouth Fury convertible, bright red with black interior. The car had very low mileage and was like new. But the price was twice what the Chrysler cost. However dad offered the dealer $700 and he took it because it was the first week of September, and he didn’t want a convertible sitting all winter on the lot. Dad also said he would come up with the difference in price, so I drove home in a new convertible.

    Not long after that I got into the antique car parts business, and sure could have used that wagon!

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