No Reserve and One-Family Owned: 1974 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham

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What a profile. I had forgotten how sculpted and stylish these ’74 Chryslers were (and I’m digging the roofline, rear fender treatment, and those factory side skirts). If this one was black-on-black, it would actually look a bit badass, but it’s wearing its factory Powder Blue finish. Purchased new and always residing in Southern California, the Chrysler was recently handed down to the original owner’s niece and husband after the owner passed away. Still residing in California (Lakewood to be exact), this 1974 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham is for sale here on eBay at No Reserve and looking for a new home. As of this writing, 12 bids had been submitted with a top bid of $2,276. 

There’s quite a bit of originality to this Chrysler and it has good bones as they say with solid floors, undercarriage, and no rust issues. The seller says the original paint is showing its age but it looks presentable in the photos, the panels are straight, and I’m not spotting any major dents, scratches, or signs of damage. The chrome and stainless look good as does the glass, trim, lenses, and badging. The dark blue textured vinyl top is rough and will need replacing, and the seller says there are “a couple of minor small spots of rust near the rear bottom corners of the top.” Nothing is mentioned about the condition of the tires, but I think whitewalls would make this stylish luxury coupe look more finished and upscale.

The front seat is in sad shape with the original plush blue cloth and vinyl upholstery showing lots of rips and tears. The top of the back seats show damage as well, so based on this and the condition of the vinyl top, the car appears to have spent some time outdoors in the California sun. No photo is shown, but the seller says the middle of the headliner has “rips and tears” as well. The door panels look very good though, and the original blue carpet isn’t bad but it is faded in areas. The seller also shares that the two front power windows and the gas gauge are not currently working.

These top-of-the-line Chryslers came standard with a 440-cubic inch V8 paired to a TorqueFlite automatic transmission. The drivetrain is original and the odometer is stated as 84,777, but nothing is mentioned if that’s the actual mileage. The seller shares that before it was handed down the niece and her husband, the Chrysler hadn’t been driven much over recent years and needed some work to make it roadworthy again. This included having the gas tank removed and cleaned, gas lines cleaned, a new fuel filter, new brake hoses, and rebuilding the alternator. The seller says that the Chrysler runs good, the engine sounds fine and it doesn’t smoke, but could still use a carburetor rebuild, tune up, and new spark plug wires. This powder blue Chrysler New Yorker Brougham may not have been as pampered and protected as other 49-year-old luxury cars we’ve featured here on Barn Finds, but it’s solid, original, has lots of potential, hails from California, and there’s no mystery about its ownership history.

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  1. alphasudMember

    When I saw this car posted back to back with different authors I did a serious double take. Now I’m going to go out and play the lottery! BarnFinds just gave me to giant blue Easter eggs.

    Like 11
  2. CadmanlsMember

    You noticed the communication fault also. lol Two versions of the same car, wonderful job guys, I am serious, fun seeing the difference in opinion between the two authors.

    Like 6
  3. Al camino

    This has to be one of the ugliest cars I’ve ever seen,plus the baby blue!

    Like 6
    • ACZ

      I agree. My F-I-L had one in a copper color. All I ever did was fix it for him. It never stopped breaking, something different every time.

      Like 1
  4. Blaney

    My mother had one of these. Green with white vinyl top and white pleather interior. I got my drivers license in that car. Yes, I successfully parallel parked it!

    Like 4
  5. George Mattar

    Typical summer baked California car. However, far cheaper to replace those scorched seat covers and vinyl top than replacing floors and quarter panels. That is one dry car. I bought a 1970 GTO from southern California in 1986. Perfect sheetmetal all around. Drove it to Spring Carlisle 1987 from Philadelphia. Parked it outside fairgrounds and numerous people left signs all over the car wanting to buy it. They had never seen a 17 year old car with zero rust. I paid $5,500 for it and $300 shipping. How I miss the 80s.

    Like 2
  6. John EderMember

    Well, that was a quick flip!

    Like 1
  7. Ron

    A friend of mine had one of these, from the back of the front door to the bumper is 9ft. which is longer than a smart car.

    Like 4
    • Rw

      Big ol 2 dr

      Like 0
    • Trey

      Everything is longer than a Smart car.. Including my dog!

      Like 2
  8. Frank Sumatra

    I like the other one better than this one.

    Like 11
    • Babu

      You funny man

      Like 10
  9. Robert Levins

    I can loose more money faster down this carbureted 440 than I can lose in Las Vegas on a slot machine. Beautiful but thirsty. Gotta love’em though, all American! I love these New Yorkers and would “ tolerate “ 8 mpg for an occasional weekend cruiser. Not a daily driver though, obviously. Good luck to the new owner and keep up the great articles!

    Like 4
  10. Taras McCabe

    growing up, my neighbor used to get new one every year, sometimes 2 or 3 a year. They were huge, still cool looking

    Like 2
  11. Big C

    The other one is cheaper!

    Like 2
  12. Russ Ashley

    I’m surprised that you could even get that car without factory a/c, but it looks
    like it never had it.

    Like 3
  13. angliagt angliagtMember

    This things so big,it took two postings……

    Like 6
  14. ClassicCarFan

    reminds me of that song…. “New York-er, New York-er… good they posted it twice”

    Like 1
    • 370zpp 370zppMember

      Directly from the Department of Redundancy Department.

      Like 0

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