Luxury Survivor: 1966 Chrysler New Yorker

While the owner doesn’t provide much information on this 1966 Chrysler New Yorker’s past history in his listing, the photos would tend to indicate that its current condition is the result of some very careful ownership. It is original and unmolested, and with the festive season fast approaching, it could be a great gift for you to buy… for yourself. The New Yorker is located in Clarklake, Michigan, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. With bidding now standing at $4,300, I’m really not surprised that the reserve hasn’t been met.

The owner says that the Daffodil Yellow paint that the Chrysler wears is largely original, with only a few very minor touch-ups having been performed during the car’s 53-year lifetime. The panels and paint look to be really nice, with no signs of any significant dings, dents, or scratches. The owner emphasizes the fact that there is no rust present anywhere on the vehicle, and there certainly isn’t any visible in the good array of photos that he supplies. The New Yorker wears a significant quantity of exterior trim and chrome, and all of this appears to be in very good condition. Similarly, the tinted glass also looks to be free of any real problems, with no signs of any obvious scratches or chips.

The 1966 model year heralded changes under the hood of the New Yorker. Gone was the previous model’s 413ci V8, and in its place was the 440ci unit. This monster produced 350hp in standard trim, while a 365hp “TNT” version was also an available option. Our feature car is fitted with the 350hp V8, along with a 727 transmission, power steering, and power brakes. At 4,453lbs, the New Yorker was not what you could ever call a light car, but that combination was capable of pushing a heavy luxury car from 0-60 in 8 seconds, and through the ¼ mile in 15.9 seconds. The owner of this Chrysler says that it has recently received all new brakes, along with a new battery and new fuel pump. He says that the car runs and drives perfectly. He also claims that the New Yorker has clocked a genuine 42,700 miles, but doesn’t indicate whether he holds any evidence to verify this.

When you look inside the New Yorker, it would be easy to believe that what you are looking at is a nicely restored interior. Nothing could be further from the truth, because this is all original. It is pretty hard to find a flaw anywhere inside the car, with no signs of any rips, tears, cracks, or sun damage. With cloth upholstery, especially of this age, deterioration can occur quite readily. The condition of this upholstery just reinforces how well this car has been cared for throughout its life. The owner also describes the interior as being fully loaded, and in a 1966 context, he isn’t wrong. The next owner will find themselves in a car that features air conditioning, power windows, a power front seat, a “Tilt-a-Scope” wheel, cruise control, power trunk release, and an AM radio with optional rear speaker.

This 1966 Chrysler New Yorker appears to be a very nice survivor, and it needs little but to be bought by someone who will respect and appreciate it in the manner that it obviously has been throughout its life. The New Yorker is an interesting car from a classics and collectibles perspective because, for a luxury car with good levels of equipment and solid performance abilities, they command some surprisingly modest values. Today, really nice and original examples can be found for around the $18,000 mark, which remains quite affordable. That would be around the figure that I would expect would be achieved by this car, and if someone secures it for less than that, then they’ve probably managed to land themselves a nice classic at a really decent price.


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  1. DayDreamBeliever Member

    Quite the beauty, but….

    Did you see the other car that the seller has listed?

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    • Bmac Bmac Member

      I’ve seen this & the Lincoln in person where they were stored before the seller moved them, they are nice solid cars in original condition. You can’t go wrong with either one.

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  2. Rex Kahrs Member

    I just bought a ’67 Newport in June, and I can tell you that the build quality of these C-body Chryslers is top shelf. The ride is really good too. This New Yorker
    would be one awesome car to own.

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    • Kurt

      I bought the same 1967 car, same color etc. In 1969. Was a salesmans car with 62,000. I was 18 , got married and drove it to 112,00 miles. GREAT car. Made z mistske trading for a 1968 Fury III


  3. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Here’s another car to which I previously never gave a second look, but now is quite interesting. This New Yorker looks to be in excellent shape. The period-correct yellow/gold pairing looks great. A good example of highway cruisers which excelled about the same time when the interstate highway system was coming along nicely.

    So, you buy this Chrysler. Your friend buys the 1966 Mercury featured nearby. Dress up in dark suits with white shirts and skinny ties. Your wives wear period-correct dresses. Appear at Cars and Coffee, you’d be the hit of the party. You’d for sure stand out as compared to the rest of us with our ratty car tee shirts.

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    • Sam61

      Dig it…you forgot hats, filterless Camels or Lucky Strikes and white gloves for the ladies.

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      • Will Fox

        You’re ten years at least too soon on the white gloves for the ladies. Those were clearly passe by `66.

    • Dave

      When you look at period photos from Cape Kennedy or the Johnson Space Center you’ll see the parking lots were full of the cars you mentioned.

  4. 8banger David Mika Member

    Looks like a new-ish drive belt system, but what a cool car!

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  5. George Mattar

    Such am awesome piece of Chrysler great engineering. So much rather own this than a computerized $50,000 new junk Crapsler. Rust proof the floors. Try to keep out of salt and drive it for years. And not get killed at the repair shop like you do for a new car with internal water pumps. Replacing a water pump on a new V 6 Ford is $1,700. No thanks. A friend just had his done after only 60,000 miles.

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    • 8banger Dave Mika Member

      Funny you mention that. I own a shop and we just went through the same exact thing with one of our customers. They were incredulous.

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      • Pete Phillips

        That’s precisely why I refuse to buy a new car and I never will. Ever price a new headlight on one of these nearly new cars? What a nightmare they are.

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  6. Pete in PA

    A desirable model in stellar condition with some great options (I don’t see a tilt/tele column) but oh that color combination… No thanks! Change the paint color to gold, white, or maybe even black and it would be a real beauty.

  7. Stevieg

    And my dream garage is getting bigger lol.

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  8. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    A magnificent car and I’ll be the first to say it; it has four doors! Of course, I think most would agree, the four door hardtops do look better than the sedans. Nicely optioned, low mileage, fantastic condition; all that with a 440! If my garage was longer, I’d be sorely tempted.

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  9. Ken Cwrney

    My uncle had one he bought new in ’66.
    His was a Newport 2 door HT and every bit as good as the one shown here. Being
    a professional bowler, he racked up 140K
    miles on it before trading it in for a new
    Mazda wagon in ’73. Big mistake! The
    damned thing spent more time in the shop than it did his driveway. If you
    have a large brood like I do, you won’t
    beat this one for both ride and comfort.
    I like it, like it a lot. Also like the ’56 Mark
    II this guy has too. He sure has good taste when it comes to cars. Wonder what else he’s got. Hey man, how about
    showing us more of your collection
    please. Makes me drool all over my
    keyboard just thinking about it!

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  10. Ken Wittick

    Current crop of mustangs all weigh in at 4400 #…..

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  11. steve

    Water pump on the newish Demon is $8,755.

  12. Art

    My parents had a 2 door version of a 66 Newport when I was young. It was parked in the sheep pasture during the gas crisis of the 1970’s due to dismal fuel mileage. As a kid I spent more time playing in that car pretending I was driving everywhere. When I was 14 I took a can of spray paint and painted it like a racecar, which my dad didn’t appreciate as he had some thoughts of getting it back on the road. In the end it slowly sank into the dirt and rotted to the point of no value. My dad ended up selling it to some kid who wanted to rebuild the engine for a mud truck. Fond memories of millions of imaginary miles.

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  13. John Traylor

    By Golly, now that is what I call a trunk.

  14. Frank Delia III

    My best friend’s parents owned the same car in 1966 (but in a more subtle color) and we used to tool around in it when he came home from college on Winter Break. Great memories!!!

  15. Dave

    I juat received this email from Barn Finds…10 minutes ago…and the car is already sold!!?? I wish that we could receive these notifications before cars are gone..instead of after.

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    • DayDreamBeliever Member

      Not sold via eBay, “This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.”

  16. r s

    This car is nicely optioned for sure but not quite ‘loaded’. Clearly missing are the AM/FM radio and power vents, I suspect a number of other goodies didn’t make the cut. But it’s got power windows and AC and is in beautiful shape.

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