One-Owner Survivor: 1967 Chrysler New Yorker Hardtop

There is still gold to be found in California, folks. And it comes in the stylish shape of this 1967 Chrysler New Yorker Two-Door Hardtop. This one-owner Chrysler was bought new in Los Angeles and has called the Golden State it’s home for 54 years. That’s great news if you’re looking for a rust-free survivor that is mostly original and can be driven and enjoyed from day one. Currently residing in Cardiff, CA in North County Coastal San Diego, it is for sale here on eBay. As of this writing, it had received 46 bids and had reached $9,500, but the reserve hadn’t been met. The auction ends Monday night, June 14.

Elwood Engel, who was responsible for the groundbreaking styling of the 1961 Lincoln, left Ford for Chrysler to save them from their styling missteps of the early 60s. His 1965 Chrysler lineup, especially the restyled Chrysler, were great-looking cars and the public agreed with impressive sales increases over the 1964 models. This 1967 example was year three of the C-Body and offered dramatic styling below the belt line. Check out those concave side panels and the wraparound front parking lights and taillights (the rear styling and trunk are especially cool). And, in order to perhaps be more “youthful” looking, Chrysler offered this unique “fastback” style roofline instead of the more formal look offered in ‘65-’66. It blends in well and makes the Chrysler look like it’s in motion, even when standing still.

The seller does a good job of describing this Golden Gal and provides a number of photographs. It claims to be a “rust-free California car with no rust on it. The floorboards, trunk and frame are all rust-free” and has a clean title. The car’s body is described as “excellent” with the seller saying, “It is arrow straight and the doors shut with that great thud that only unrestored 60s cars have.” The New Yorker had one repaint back in the 80s to its factory-correct and original gold color, but it’s not perfect. The seller mentions a couple of minor paint chips and minor scratches, and that there is a bit of hazing in the paint on the top of the hood and trunk from a car cover. The bumpers are described as straight with some light pitting on the rear bumper (and there’s no charge for the trailer hitch). The black vinyl top, which can be a problem area in cars from this era, also appears to live up to the seller’s claim of being in excellent condition.

The New Yorker was Chrysler’s flagship model, so it’s no surprise that this one comes well equipped with power steering, brakes, and windows, and a working factory AC which was just recharged. The seller states that the “upholstery, carpet, dash pad, door panels, headliner, gauges, steering wheel are all in excellent condition.” Based on the photos, the black interior, with its tastefully applied woodgrain accents, does appear to be in excellent condition The only bugaboos mentioned is an original radio that’s not currently working, and the power windows are not “lightning fast.”  The passenger-side rear window is also described as being temperamental at times.

Under that long, golden hood, this Chrysler is powered by the standard 440 cubic-inch, 350 horsepower Firepower V8. The only modifications listed are the Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and air cleaner, but the original air cleaner and other parts are included in the sale. The engine bay isn’t the cleanest, but it looks original. The Chrysler’s mileage is listed as 66,000, but nothing is mentioned about it being the original mileage. The seller gets an “A” in creative salesmanship writing when it’s stated that “Even though it is whisper quiet when running, it is surprisingly fast. It runs beautifully. It is smooth, strong, and as comfortable as driving around on your living room couch.” Good stuff. I remember when these ‘67’s came out and always liked the somewhat sporty roofline along with the smart, sculpted styling. If you even wanted to enjoy a gold Mopar drivable dream (that’s built more solid than Fort Knox), here’s your chance. When was the last time you saw one of these? And in this kind of condition?

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Comments

  1. CCFisher

    It’s got a 440. Your brain ordered two 4s and one 0 and your fingers gave you one 4 and two 0s.

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    • Ron Denny Ron Denny Staff

      Oops. Thank you for catching that. Probably won’t be the last time my brain and fingers don’t communicate properly. It’s been corrected…

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  2. alphasud Member

    That is one long car! Better measure your garage before buying. Nice car but will need some reconditioning if you plan to show this at your local events. Car has seen some ocean breeze and that is evident in a couple pics. It would be a good idea to put this on a lift and check underneath before handing over the money. Looks like the A/C was a gas and go so expect some work to properly convert to R134a. Not sure if the compressor can handle the new refrigerant without being rebuilt. At the very least synthetic ester in the crankcase, new O-rings and a new dryer.

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    • Steve R

      Could you point out the areas affected by the ocean breeze? I live in the SF Bay Area, and have friends who live directly on the coast, I don’t see anything to suggest it’s been subject to those sorts of conditions.

      This is a nice looking car, I’d give it a thorough once over to make sure it’s mechanically sound, then drive it. It stands on its own merits.

      Steve R

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      • alphasud Member

        The picture that caught my eye was the photo on eBay showing the LF wheel. Notice the rust behind the tire. Surface rust. Seeing that I would want to check under the car before purchase. I lived in SB for a while and know how damp it can be at times. Car represents well and the trunk floor reveals this car has not been in the rain much. So the car is probably free of rust perforation.

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      • Steve R

        I don’t think that’s rust. Cars exposed to damp ocean air rust from the top down, not the bottom up. If it had been, the scratches on the RF fender in picture #15 would have started rusting causing the surrounding to bubbling. This would happen everywhere there was the slightest imperfection or chip in the paints surface, which I don’t see on this car.

        Steve R

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  3. Luke Fitzgerald

    Air cleaner

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  4. Solosolo Member

    Way back when I bought a package which included a 1969 Mustang, which was the car that I really wanted, at a very good price as long as I also bought a 1971 Mustang and a 1978 Chrysler New Yorker. The last car I wanted to own was the Chrysler but that was the deal. Once I got the cars back to my shop and went through them, had them passed by the local Motor Vehicle Inspection test station, I figured that the Chrysler was the one that I was going to keep! What an absolutely magic motor car. Beautiful maroon leather upholstery, sun roof, aircon, radio, massive trunk etc. Eventually I sold it to a funeral service owner friend of mine, who just had to have it, as a family car. I have owned plenty of Mustangs but only one New Yorker, however, if I had the choice of a Mustang or New Yorker, I would take the Chrysler every time. Great car.

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  5. Rex Kahrs Member

    Wow, what a beauty. These cars are a dream to drive, I love my 67 Newport Custom. Here’s a blue NY’er from the dealer brochure. Oh, and for the record, I believe Chrysler call that roof a “fast top”.

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  6. Angel_Cadillac_Diva Angel Cadillac Diva Member

    Chryslers and Oldsmobile always had the best dashboards.

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    • Solosolo Member

      Buick would be my first choice, followed by Cadillac.

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  7. S

    I LOVE these cars! This is the best body style offered in those years. Gold with black seemed to have been a common color combination. I really like the 65 and 66 dashboards, but the 67 and 68 front and rear styling were the nicest. Dodge offered the Monaco in this body style, and some Plymouth Furys were also this body style. Maybe just the Sport Fury and the Fury III. I would love to own one of these.

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  8. Carbob Member

    I bought a 1966 Chrysler Newport two door with the 383 2 bl in 1976 for $350.00. It had an enormous trunk. I carried all my carpentry tools in it. Much nicer ride than a work truck. I actually hauled a washer and dryer in the trunk. Separately of course. Great ride with good power and decent gas mileage.

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  9. martinsane

    Its a beaut for sure.

    Had a 1967 Olds 98 that was quiet as an electric car but certainly won its fair share of races, to the loud non grandma cars.

    So is a rust free/free of rust car really a rusty car?

  10. chuck dickinson

    Some owner tried to scrimp on the upholstery when the seats were re-inserted. That cloth is an aftermarket one which was popular as a replacement cloth for many 60s/70s cars. The right stuff would’ve cost a few bucks more, but the labor would’ve been the same. False savings, in my book.

  11. G

    I had a ’67 Newport. It had great options. AC, Power seats, but not windows. actual spring reverb unit in the trunk, the fancy am/fm with the dimmer switch station changer. It was fast. I replaced it with a 67 fastback mustang. The chrysler was way faster and handled better.

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  12. Kevin

    Love this car,it went unsold,and bid up to $9500,more e-bay game players,unless there was a reserve I missed,it hopefully will go to a good home soon,way too far for me,plus no longer looking to buy.

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