Top Hat: ’54 Chrysler New Yorker Newport
Chrysler’s post war designs had an unusually high roof-line because Chrysler President K.T. Heller felt men had to be able to wear their hats while driving. Despite that this 2-door hardtop Newport looks pretty darn good here in Canary Yellow. Yesterday we featured a stunning ’49 Cadillac with their new V-8. In 1951 Chrysler answered Cadillac with the introduction of the 331ci Hemi rated at 180hp. So this ’54 has a Hemi engine. The best part about this car, besides being beautiful, is that it is an unrestored survivor. Not one dragged out of barn either. It is a well cared for nicely optioned car with 68,000 documented miles. It is said by the seller to run flawlessly as it should. The interior is original as is 95% of the exterior paint. The period correct white walls and wire wheels add huge sparkle to the Canary exterior and the black roof adds a bit of sophistication. The Solex glass has a prominent green tint that is unusual but looks correct. Other equipment includes an automatic Powerflite transmission, power windows, steering, brakes and an AM radio. The Hagerty price guide has a #1 car at $33,100 but what value do you place on an all original car? If you believe they are only original once and you appreciate this period of American luxury cars, then you should consider this one. Read more by going to the eBay auction by clicking here.