Newport Pleasure: 1966 Chrysler Survivor

A true survivor, no two ways about it, This 1966 Chrysler Newport has just 60,000 original miles, just recently saw the light of day after 38 years in hiding, and is purportedly ready to drive to its new home via this listing here on craigslist, in a small town called Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. Does this car catch your eye? Let’s read more about it…

The seller tells us that the frame, floors, trunk, and rockers are all solid. It has factory Air and a clean PA title, as well as the 383 V8 mated to a 727 Torqueflite automatic gearbox.

A quick research found that these C-Body cars rolled off the line in Detroit at the Jefferson Avenue plant, and the external features like different grille and taillights were a one-year-only configuration. Apparently, 1966 was the first year for the legendary 440ci V8 monster of 365 hp, however the 383ci in this car was rated at around 310 horsepower. Lest you think it’s super-slow, automobile-catalog.com clocked it at a theoretical 0-60 time of 9 seconds, a 17-second quarter-mile, and top speed of 117mph.

We pose the question to you now – can you see yourself having a pleasant time driving, fixing up, and showing this full-size blue beast?

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Comments

  1. Howard A

    Newport pleasure,,wasn’t that a cigarette ad? Guess that dates me. Kidding aside, best Chryslers ever. These are the cars we rode to grandma’s house on Sunday.

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  2. Husky

    Already sold :-(

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  3. ICEMAN from Winnipeg

    Compared to GM and Ford products of this era, these Chryslers were tanks. Did not appreciate them at the time but now look very favourably on them.

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  4. SAM61

    Fond memories as my grandparents had a green Newport. The NewYorker version is sharp with the vinyl covered c-pillars.

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  5. Hottoddy

    I had a 1966 Dodge Monaco 4 door sedan my ex father in law gave me in 1978. Blown motor. Found the heater core leaked all the coolant. Many electrical problems with the wiring plug through firewall. Had to rewire all the connections corroded. Originally White with Blue interior. Repainted Red after second accident. 3 times totaled & rebuilt Had the Monaco till 1986 scraped. I think it was the best car I have ever owned. I spoke with other owners of Dodge’s & Chrysler’s like mine. All had same complaints about Electrical & pesky leaks of coolant.

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  6. chryco

    I have this exact car except its red on red. I bought it about 2 1/2 years ago, also with 60K, it’s now at 82K and this is by far the best car I have ever owned. These drive sooo nice, at 53 yrs old, mine is whisper quiet, smooth, tight, and for their size and age, are very decent handling cars. I can’t imagine the feature car would be any different. I’m guessing this is probably the 2 bbl 383 which is 270 hp. Great Find.

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  7. Royal

    My cousin had one of these, but a 65 in the same color. It was his first car. He had my Dad and my Uncle work it over to repaint it, which took like a couple of summers (78 &79?). The paint he chose was a darker blue with a shiny hue to it. Came out ok. Had bucket seats with an auto selector on floor in a console. The taillights wrapped around the rear fenders and were busted up, so my Dad and uncle used foam and bondo to fill in the notches to use the tail lights like this one had.

    I think he drove it around Staten Island for six to eight months until someone boosted the thing via cutting the plastic covering the drivers vent window that had been smashed earlier after he took it back down. They found it all banged up in a police impound yard as my Uncle was taking SI Rapid Transit into work one morning that summer. They had to call the police to inform them. NYPD used some BS excuse that they had sent notice but it was most likely destroyed because a mail truck was blown up.

    NYC sucks folks. At least it did back then. Can’t believe people trek to mid-town to see all the nonsense.

  8. Bob C.

    These slab sided Chryslers were a breath of fresh air from the aging Exner designs. Not that they were bad, but these were all new for 65 and I always liked them.

  9. Russell Glantz Russell Glantz Staff

    Hey all, it apparently didn’t sell after all, here’s the newest listing for the car! https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/d/dillsburg-1966-chrysler-newport-v/6856252513.html

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