CC For Sale: 1968 Chrysler New Yorker – “So If A Man’s Wit Be Wandering, Let Him Study The Mathematics”

I heard about this car before I saw it.  If there’s an old car for sale, my neighbors will tell me, my parents will tell me, my wife will tell me, my brother-in-law will tell me, the mailman will tell me.  Good news travels fast in the old car cosmos, and it’s mostly good news for this Chrysler New Yorker.  It’s a big, yellow old car, and 100 times out of 100, that’s enough to attract my attention.  As with everything in our physical world, however, the numbers don’t lie, so let’s follow Francis Bacon’s advice and crunch them.

440: Is there a cubic-inch displacement that sounds more mellifluous than “440?”  Although the standard New Yorker 440 was not the “Magnum” shown in this Dart, it was a 350-horsepower version of the long-lived Chrysler RB, perfect for pulling around six million pounds of Mopar.  Of course, the 375-horsepower “TNT” 440 was an option.

8,060: According to my Standard Catalog of Chrysler: 1914-2000 (and the “For Sale” sign), only 8,060 New Yorker hardtops were built in 1968, and according to the color chips, none of them were yellow.  The nearest substitute is “Antique Ivory,” and I don’t think this is quite it.  On the other hand, yellow (sometimes called “Sunfire Yellow”) WAS available on Plymouths and Dodges in 1968, so perhaps this is a special-order car.  Wouldn’t that be cool?

219.2: The New Yorker is over 18 feet long, or 219.2 inches, and while it may not be the longest car ever to cross the gates at Mother Mopar, it’s enough.  It’ll do.

6: The number of passengers the New Yorker will hold depends on the size of the passengers, of course, but six passengers has to be a practical minimum, although the four-door version would make the process a little more dignified.  The interior is missing an armrest and the original steering wheel, but it’s not in bad shape and the seller would probably throw in the beaded seat cover if you’re a shrewd negotiator.

8,000: As I walked up to the Chrysler to give it the once over, I didn’t think 8000 dollars was out of line for a ’60s two-door hardtop in decent condition.  I’m not in the market for another car right now (unless something like a Studebaker GT Hawk was willed to me by a long-lost distant relative or something), but this looks like a ton of fun for somebody, except…

727: Oops.  Reverse doesn’t work, so unless it’s an in-car fix like a broken reverse servo, you’ll have to add the cost of a transmission rebuild or allot the time to do it yourself.  Even so, the car appears solid, so the price might not be too far out of line.  If it were me, I’d use the broken transmission as a bargaining chip and roll the dice that it was the servo.  Why not?  If it’s not, I get to learn how to rebuild a 727 Torqueflite (there was also a Torqueflite for smaller engines called the 904), and there are worse ways to spend one’s time.

4 (maybe 5 if you need a spare): Like everything else I’ve ever bought, it’s probably going to need a set of tires, so factor in another 500 dollars or so.  Financially, most old cars don’t make any sense whatsoever; in fact, if old cars were a business, I’d be a failed businessman.  Sadly, this New Yorker has been sitting in the same spot for over a month since I’ve taken these pictures, as it’s not one of the “big names” in antique autos.  What it IS is a quirky, handsome, decent old car that needs a little TLC.

9: This would be right in my wheelhouse if I wasn’t already renting way too much storage space for my out-of-control lifetime hobby.  The Chrysler would make for nine old cars, and for me to get to nine, it’s going to have to be something I just can’t turn down.  I walked away from the New Yorker, but it was a little tough for about 1 minute, but it may have taken a little longer had this been a ’65 or ’66 New Yorker (my favorite big Chryslers).

Last minute addendum: This car is also on Marketplace and it’s down to $6000.  I hope someone picks it up; it would make a fun cruiser for somebody who shares my outlook on the hobby.


For the Marketplace ad click HERE.