One Owner Classic: 1963 Chrysler Newport

This 1963 Chrysler Newport is a one-owner vehicle that has been parked for the past 25-years. It appears to be a fairly solid and clean car, but after so many years of inactivity, it will need to be revived before it is ready to hit the road once again. Barn Finder Ikey H referred the Newport to us, so thank you so much for that Ikey. The Newport is located in Longmont, Colorado, and is listed for sale here on Craigslist. The owner has set a price of $3,000 for this Chrysler classic.

The owner claims that the Forest Green paint that the Newport wears is original, and it is in largely good condition. Apparently, there are a few small dents in the rear of the car, but we don’t get to see them in the supplied photos. The condition of the car generally looks to be pretty good, and if its current location is the spot that it has spent the past 25-years, then it looks like a pretty favorable storage environment. The external trim and chrome appear to be quite nice, and there are no obvious signs of any rust issues. The overall condition of the car seems to suggest that it might respond really well to a buff and polish.

While the interior of the Newport might not be perfect, it doesn’t look like it would take much work to get it to a high standard. The cover on the front seat is looking quite dilapidated, and it is definitely ready to be replaced. The rest of the upholstery doesn’t look too bad, and it would be interesting to see how it would respond to a simple clean. The dash looks really nice, and the aftermarket air conditioning unit hanging under it is a nice touch. Really, a new seat cover and a clean, and the interior should really sparkle.

It is under the hood where the majority of the work may be required on this Chrysler. The engine hasn’t been started in 25-years, so it isn’t clear how healthy the 361ci V8 actually is. The Chrysler also features the rather cool push-button TorqueFlite transmission, power steering, and power brakes. From a distance, which is the only view we get of the engine, it looks quite clean and dry inside the engine bay, with no signs of rust or corrosion. This suggests that things might be healthy inside the engine. If the car wasn’t initially parked due to mechanical issues, it is possible that a flush of the fuel system and some basic maintenance could see that mighty engine roar back into life. Of course, there will almost certainly be other maintenance work to be performed before the Chrysler is ready to be returned to the road, but that should be considered to be par for the course in a car that has been sitting idle for so long.

From a personal perspective, I would really love to know why this Chrysler Newport was parked 25-years-ago. This one-owner car, complete with all of the original manuals and books, looks like the sort of car that will potentially require little work before it is ready to return to active duty. If this is the case, then it could represent one of those great “tinkering” projects for the upcoming Winter months and would be a great car for a bit of Summer cruising when the weather turns warm again.


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  1. CapNemo CapNemo

    Respond to a clean what? Pair of pants? Bunch of bananas? Give it a cleaning. That would yield much better results.

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  2. JBP

    $3000. that Sound like a low Price. i dont think it take more than a Weekend, so u could use it again..
    ar me, i had taken it, as a Driver, until the Right offer..

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  3. JBP

    it realy look good, seats, engine, Body. look like a lowmilage Garage car..
    3000 just Show there still is good offers outthere.. somebody Scoop it up. that must be the deal of the week….

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  4. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    Cheap money for a car that would make for a great daily driver. That’s assuming the motor can be revived without needing major work. It’s a 4-door so it’s a family-friendly classic, though the 361 might be a little thirsty. Drive it in good weather and when the cold white stuff arrives, park it and get out the winter beater. That’s a system that has worked well for me up here in the rust-producing Northeast.

    Love the push button trans and the styling of these early ’60s Mopars; and I’m a FordGuy!

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  5. Robert White

    My nerd Chartered Accountant father bought a 63 Fury with the push button transmission brand new in 1963. The chrome on the bumpers started peeling at around the 7th year of ownership, and by the 9th year of ownership it was sold to a mechanic for $100.00 CDN. Dear old dad then bought a 1971 Maverick four door so that when I turned 16 I would have the ugliest four door car in the whole neighbourhood to pick chicks up for dates.

    I realized early on that a four door Maverick was not a chick magnet so I saved up for a Chevy and eventually bought a 1966 Acadian Canso Sport Deluxe.

    I’m a GM guy for life because of that 1971 Maverick four door.


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  6. Neil

    Wow !
    Blast from the past. My Dad special ordered this same car/ color combo. The special order part was…. a 4 speed on the floor. His friend owned a Chrysler dealership on Lake Street in Minneapolis and couldn’t understand the 4 speed thing. He also had a ’62 Polara that my Mom drove and that had the push button tranny. That tranny was bullet proof.

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    • 73 Xr7 PDX

      Transmission was teasingly called a “typewriter torque flight”. This one seems decent for the money.

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  7. Peter Phillips

    I have it’s upscale twin sister, same year, same colors inside and out–1963 New Yorker. Chrysler really built a good car in these years. Can’t figure out how to post a photo with this.

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Sorry Peter but you have to be a member to post pics. Even hard for members to load pics at times! It is to bad, we all lose out not being able to see cool cars. Take care, Mike.

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