Parked for 20 Years: 1965 Chrysler New Yorker

The seller says that this 1965 Chrysler New Yorker Wagon has been parked for 20 years but it ran when it was parked. This solid project can be found in Byron, Georgia and it’s on Craigslist, or here on the CL archive, with an asking price of $3,500 “but will trade for a neat old streetrod , musclecar, or truck. The older the better!” The patina Gods have smiled down on this New Yorker. Thanks to Junior for tracking down this great looking Chrysler wagon!

Since the opening photo is the only exterior photo, we’ll have to dream about the other sides of the car being in the same condition as that photo shows. It really does look like a super solid car and they say that it has “Original paint, no rust out. Body is straight. You will never see one this cheap again. Its has been sitting for over 20 years but ran when parked.” It’s always interesting, for me at least, to see no power windows in a luxury car. From the era when people didn’t need a stinkin’ motor to raise and lower their windows! (I prefer power windows, for the record)..

Yes, this is leather upholstery and overall it looks great for a car that’s been sitting for 20 years. Just think what one weekend of deep cleaning would do to bring this interior back. It’ll need some upholstery work, but I wish I looked this good and I haven’t even been sitting for two decades. “The leather interior is original and nice. Front Bucket Seats”. Bucket seats on a wagon, cool! I know, Chrysler wasn’t the first or the last to have those, but still, cool!

Bonus: it’s a 9-passenger wagon! A little over half of the New Yorker wagons sold in 1965 were 9-passenger, the others were 6-passenger. There are no photos of the rear seating compartment and you can see some sort of rodent or other damage in the photo above. Our own Brian Birkner showed us similar but running example a year ago and we’ve seen others. This looks like a great project if it’s as solid as the owner mentions. 1965 was the first year of the seventh-generation New Yorker.

I’m happy to see an engine photo – it’s the little things in life.  Whenever I see an engine like this I fantasize about spending a weekend cleaning and detailing it. Again, it’s the little things in life that make a person happy, and if I had a real hobby, as my wife would say.. This 413 cubic-inch V8 would have had around 340-350 hp and the seller says that the “motor is free” and it ran when parked a couple of decades ago. Please tell me that this New Yorker wagon can be saved? I think this would be a fun car to get in working condition and drive it as it looks now.


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  1. Oingo

    What’s that a truck radiator!

    • Miguel

      NO, that is the stock radiator Chrysler used on these cars. Mine looks similar on my 1963 Fury and she is all original.

    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      And it comes with a can of radiator stop leak.

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  2. Wendell

    Just down the road from me, I’ll check it out after work Monday or Tuesday if it’s still available….

    • Scotty Gilbertson Staff

      Let us know what it looks like in person, Wendell. Thanks!

      • Ron Schweitzer Member

        Scotty, just wanted to say that I agree with you. I DON’T crank windows!!

    • Mike

      Let me know what you think of it I live close by in Macon I might have to check on it if you don’t want it. Thanks Wendell

    • Clarence Blackert

      Hello Wendall. My name is Bob and I may be a little late for this ad but I am hoping the car is still local?

  3. DJS

    I’ll pass a good wash would help at that price might be a fun summer runner


    SoCal surf wagon..for sure.
    Clean it up…satin black paint…board racks…slap some Cragars on it.
    Surfs up!

  5. Maestro1

    I had one of these. Seats are not bucket; simply individually adjustable. No such interior in those days if exterior is Blue; it would have been matching or white.
    Restore this car and drive it. They go like hell and stop right now. Gas mileage is marginal but the drive train is forever. Absolutely get radial tires; the rear end has a tendency to wander at high speed. Another attribute: due to suspension the thing corners almost flat. Buy this car. I have no room otherwise I’d be all over it.

    • carsofchaos

      I was about to mention the seats as well. Had a 66 New Yorker with the same seating setup….I always referred to them as “pseudo bucket seats” as they clearly weren’t bench seats but not quite bucket seats, either.
      For $3500 OBO I have to agree this is a steal.

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  6. BobinBexley Bob in Bexley Member

    That interior’s roached.


    Nice car that needs some tlc.
    Why can’t people unload the junk from a car before taking pictures to post. Not that difficult. Who wants to buy a car that has rodent droppings in it along with miselaneous junk.
    Just my pet peave.

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    • Charlie

      I agree with you, 100%!

  8. Bill Owens BillO Staff

    Quite a unique car. Take a close look at the roof. I was watching an old episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet recently and they were driving a 1965 Chrysler New Yorker Town and Country like this up a mountain road and it had several shots of the roofline. I thought, why does it look like the roof is two tone. It appears to have a vinyl covering on each side with the body color going down the middle; maybe to mimic the vinyl covering on the side of the 2 and 4 door hardtop. It is trimmed off with chrome. If you got the Newport Town and Country, it would be trimmed off in chrome but appears to be a solid cover. Check out the original brochure link below.

    BTW, my uncle had a 1965 New Yorker 4 door hardtop. I don’t remember if it had these seats. He was rear ended and it was totaled, but he then bought a 1966 New Yorker 4 door hardtop and it had these individual seats with the cushioned armrest in the middle. I thought that was so neat. (The brochure DOES call them bucket seats)

  9. DRV

    I was given a light yellow one of these if I would move it off the property. A battery and I was off to college!
    Truly a tank. Very thick and heavy. It is government grade everywhere. The drivers side lugs are left thread, and if you use the stock bumper jack the whole side of the car lifts up and no way would I get any body parts near it while it teeters!
    This would win any demo derby.

  10. Ben T. Spanner

    In the early 1970’s, I wanted a cheap hauler. Criteria; large, fake wood trim, and a roof rack. Several hours on a Saturday at new car dealerships and I had 3 or 4 prospects. The winner was a 1966 Newport wagon in beige. It ran well and the interior had only one repaired splt in the front seat. I paid $300 and something. It fit in my $5 a month rental garage if I left the front doors slighty ajar and chained/padlocked them. Jacking up the rear with the included bumper jack was super scary.

    Newports had 383 4bbl Not only did it have manual windows, but the backup lights were deleted and replaced with stainless steel disks, The wiring was there. The disks probably cost more than the lights would. I loved the juke box style instrument panel.

    I traded it on a new Fiat 124 Coupe. The saleman was my friend and I told him he was paying me $200, or 4 to 5 cents a pound. He needed a tow vehicle that day and agreed without even seeing it.

  11. PatrickM

    This would be a real project! Btw, if you’re gonna advertise uerr, and we’ve all said this before, PLEASE clean out the interior, blow the dust off….Show is your car, not half your junk. $1,000.00

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