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16k Mile 1974 Chrysler New Yorker St Regis

In the 1970s, Chrysler had a knack for building the right cars at the wrong time. America had been in love with large, powerful land yachts – until the OPEC oil embargo of 1973 created a shift to smaller, more fuel-efficient automobiles. That was the same time Chrysler redesigned its full-size cars for the last time – and they were bigger and heavier than ever. But that doesn’t mean this 1974 New Yorker is any less a magnificent machine and may only have 16,500 original miles on the odometer. Located with what may be a dealer in Boise, Idaho, this rolling white space is available here on eBay where $5,300 is the current bid, but the reserve has yet to be tested.

The second half of the 1970s wasn’t kind to Chrysler financially. Fortunately, Lee Iacocca came along and saved the day in the 1980s with the K-Car and the first minivans. But in the decade prior, the New Yorker was still king of the castle in the Chrysler-brand line-up and if you wanted to go really fancy, you got the New Yorker Brougham with the St. Regis appearance package. That added opera windows on the coupes with a partial vinyl roof. The seller’s car is one of them, with white-over-white-over-white.

New Yorkers represented about 30% of Chrysler division output in 1974, including the 2-door hardtop which saw 8,000 copies leave the assembly line. The number that survives after 50 years in this kind of condition is bound to be few. This low-mileage, two-owner auto looks to have been well-cared for over the years, though it’s not a museum piece with a couple of minor visual flaws that the ample photos depict.

As you might expect, there’s a 440 cubic inch V8 under the hood. And, all sorts of electrical doodads can be found throughout the car, and we’re told they all work except for the clock. The car still has its original windows sticker and other documents from the day it was first purchased. The Chrysler has been given a tune-up, new rear brakes, and new tires – and is said to run great, having just completed a 1500-mile road trip without issue. Do you have room in your garage for this beauty?

Comments

  1. Avatar photo Will Fox

    `Scuse me, 16K miles, and the wheelcovers aren’t OEM to the car? And the seller didn’t even try to clean those fantastic white leather seats.
    (scratches head & wonders….)

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    • Avatar photo Mark E. Switzer

      That’s got to be the largest car produced for the 1974 model year ! That is a real oceanliner to say the least . Loaded with every power option , I bet it literally floats down the road ! The problem is , it arrived during the oil crisis when people were moving to smaller more fuel efficient cars . I won’t even ask the gas mileage so we won’t talk about that ! Chrysler will never build cars like that again . OPEC LOVES IT !.Happy Motoring !

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      • Avatar photo bone

        look at a ’74 Town and Country !

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      • Avatar photo JoeNYWF64

        This is actually 5 inches longer than a full size ’74 Caprice station wagon!

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    • Avatar photo Stan

      Throw a big block in anything and your on the way to a great ride 👍 😎

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    • Avatar photo Neil R Norris

      Looks pretty darn minty to me.

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      • Avatar photo 370zpp Member

        Curious, how can you see the odor of mint?

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    • Avatar photo Bill

      What about the tornado and the catilina they were both fairly large cars

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  2. Avatar photo BA

    There is something about a full size car especially the luxury barge type with ample power that everyone can appreciate one way or the other. There are a few ZZ Top songs that come to mind so yes this car might be worth the trouble just keep a blues man at the wheel!

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    • Avatar photo Harry

      Mexican Blackbird. A classic.

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      • Avatar photo Jon Rukavina

        I thought all Chrysler engines were Mopar, not a 440 Edelbrock from Summit Racing. Why put racing valve covers on a luxury car? Looks out of place.
        For 16,000 miles, that Edelbrock Mopar is awfully dirty and the vinyl roof has lifted away at the belt line.

        On the other hand, these cars had a classy and elegant look whether 2 or 4 door, especially in triple white.

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    • Avatar photo Timothy Vose

      Ha! Luxury barge!

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  3. Avatar photo DON

    Probably the only Chrysler New Yorker with Edelbrock valve covers…

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    • Avatar photo Tony

      I like it !
      Plus the chrome Valve covers.

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  4. Avatar photo RICK W

    Wonderful memories of the last true Chrysler land YACHTS. With the unfortunate demise of Imperial in 75? NEW YORKER inherited it’s bodywork. Then soon later a slightly smaller New Yorker ran for a few years. In the early 80s Fifth Avenues returned in the smaller but still formal styled ,luxurious and plush New Yorker Fifth Avenue edition. By 83, New Yorker name disappeared, simply becoming Fifth Avenues. Sadly all are now gone, with focus on 🤮 SUVS and crossovers! 👎

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    • Avatar photo Jim

      The New Yorker name didn’t die in 83. It moved to the front wheel drive E-body. Then in the late 80s it went to the new C body car. Finally in the early 90s the New Yorker name graced the higher trim level of the LH cars.

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  5. Avatar photo frank

    “A knack for building the the right cars for the wrong time”? cars right when the gas crisis happened, but what does that mean in relation to this comment? It seems to infer that everyone knew the gas crisis was going to happen? That some how Ford and GM were smarter because they did their redesigns in 1971 and 1973 vs Chrysler’s timing of 1974? I don’t get it???? makes no sense to me? All the car companies sales of large cars slide in 1974, why does it matter about Chrysler having a new design for that year???

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    • Avatar photo bone

      ” A knack for building the the right cars for the wrong time”? Valiant in 1960 , Barracuda in 1964 , Minivans in 1984 … I’d say they had some “right” stuff built at the right time !

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      • Avatar photo frank

        your comment makes total sense to me! I don’t get the arthor’s comment?

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      • Avatar photo Mark Switzer

        That’s has got to be the largest automobile produced in 1974 ! Look how low the production numbers were , only 8,000 . That was right in the middle of the oil crisis when a lot of car buyers wanted economy cars ! I’m sure this landyacht is loaded with every available option and floats down the highway , but I would bet the gas mileage would only be about 7 m.p.g. ! OPEC LOVES IT !! Happy Motoring !

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      • Avatar photo Peter Pasqualini

        These cars were fugly.

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    • Avatar photo SixtiesGuy

      Every time a car company comes out with a new or significantly revised model it requires a large investment in new tooling and dies for at least the bodywork and interior, and maybe even chassis and suspension parts. For GM and Ford, because they sold larger numbers of vehicles, it took less time to recover the investments made in a new model. For Chrysler, with much lower sales to spread those new costs over, it always took longer. GM and Ford had three or more years to recover the costs of their new models before the oil crisis hit – Chrysler was not that lucky.

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  6. Avatar photo Gagagarage

    We used to call that ‘triple white’ when it had white paint, top and interior!

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    • Avatar photo RNR

      “Quintuple White” counting the owner’s belt and loafers!

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      • Avatar photo Greg

        Actually Cadillac and Continental kept the big boys rolling though the late 70’s ( see 76 Sedan Deville. 77 Lincoln Continental) Both of which l love .

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  7. Avatar photo Jay Martell

    Nice car, not enough pics.

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    • Avatar photo sixone

      Go on the highlighted eBay site. There’s 40-something photos. If you still want more you probably have to hit up the owner I guess?

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      • Avatar photo Truck Officer

        1,500 mile road trip! Selling to pay credit card off!

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  8. Avatar photo ClassicP

    These people still lying about mileage. There’s no way this is a 16,000 mile car
    NO WAY
    Hard to believe people are that ignorant to believe that we are that ignorant. They used to turn back mileage but to the knowing eye if the numbers didn’t line up evenly you knew they were tampered with regardless of what you were told. No explanation. Not sure what year automobile it was harder to tamper with.
    Disclaimer: Not saying this was tampered with.

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    • Avatar photo bone

      This monster is near mint – why would you think its got higher mileage ? And odometer line up is an old wives tale

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    • Avatar photo Solosolo UK Member

      “Not tampered with” you say but you also say that “there’s no way this is a 16,000 mile car!” Make up your mind.

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  9. Avatar photo Frog

    Plenty of real estate there on 4 wheels. Downside is people have gotten bigger with super size menus and cars and parking spaces have gotten smaller. It’s very entertaining watching plus size people getting out of modern day shoe boxes in tiny parking spaces.

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  10. Avatar photo Solosolo UK Member

    “Not tampered with” you say but you also say that “there’s no way this is a 16,000 mile car!” Make up your mind.

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    • Avatar photo Tony

      I like it !
      Plus the chrome Valve covers.

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  11. Avatar photo Greg

    Don’t forget the 77 El Dorado.

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  12. Avatar photo Edward

    My Aunt had a Dodge St. Regis. Can’t remember the year. Corduroy interior. It was a sharp looker.

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  13. Avatar photo PRA4SNW Member

    This is the car that Webster’s used when defining the phrase “Personal Luxury Coupe”.

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  14. Avatar photo Max

    It won’t let you purchase a vehicle history report. I wonder why? It looks like a 116,000 mile car. Maybe 216,000 miles.

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    • Avatar photo PRA4SNW Member

      Max, I guess you missed this little tidbit of information:
      “The vehicle was manufactured prior to 1981.”

      This is because the uniform 17 digit VIN numbers that are required for the vehicle history report did not begin until 1981.

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