Today’s selection from the heirloom shelf is a delightful 1966 Chrysler Newport Town Sedan, from bang in the middle of my own favorite era of Chrysler design. Looking strong but to my eye designed with a light touch by Elwood Engel, I love how at first glance it appears very square and straightlined and then the more you look at it, the more you note all of the different curved areas. This one was built in Jefferson, Michigan and shipped with the standard 2-barrel 383 V8 but equipped with the TorqueFlite automatic as well as the AC/heater option. The hood was unfortunately jammed shut and someone else had already damaged things trying to get it open so I didn’t try further.
The difference between the regular Sedan and the Town Sedan is the small window in the rear pillar, only 9,432 were so equipped as opposed to 74,964 regular Sedans. That makes this the rarest configuration outside of the convertible or the station wagons and far rarer than the hardtops. Of course rare doesn’t always mean desirable, just that it was chosen less often, but makes it all the more noteworthy when seen. Anyway, I’ll be quiet now, so please enjoy the walkaround!