I’m deceiving you. I admit it, but I’m not ashamed of it. Bear with me, I’ll explain the how’s and the why’s, then as usual I’ll talk about other stuff, which will of course include the car. Really, we all came here for the car anyway so I won’t disappoint. Or if I do, it’s not because I didn’t warn you.
So. Here we are again meeting for another installment of WeelSpin, where I, Jacster Trixter ostensibly talk about a particularly interesting car for sale. But the thing is, that’s not really what I’m doing. What I’m doing is deceiving you into believing that. Sure, the car is particularly interesting, so we are all good there. But…
What I’m actually doing is shaking my brain vigorously and seeing what kind of loose change falls out. Let’s see here…a nickel, two dimes, a button (where did that come from?) – and a quarter. Oh wait that’s not a quarter, it’s a Susan B. Anthony dollar. Nice. Anyway, what I’m really doing is telling you a story with the car serving as the backdrop. I’m doing this for two reasons. One, because I’m a storyteller. It’s what I do. And two, because I like cars. A lot. So what better way to deceive someone than to do so while doing the things I like to do and at the same time provide harmless entertainment, useful information, and an easy way to purchase your dream car?
My answer to that is: there isn’t one. That’s why I’m deceiving you. So hopefully the deception is a beneficial one for all. I get my rocks off, and you get yours off. Over there…away from me…no I don’t want to hear about it. I don’t even want to know about it. Thanks.
Speaking of getting one’s rocks off, the 1970’s and 1980’s were a challenging time to get your rocks off in an American made car. Horsepower was being robbed by governmental fiat, the muscle car era had largely come to an end, petrol was at times very difficult to come by, and frankly a lot of the car designs were plain or just plain ugly. Gives me shivers to think of some cars of that time.
Clearly there were some great designs too, don’t get me wrong. But the factors of limited fuel availability, and increased strict emissions and safety regulations were decisive in moving the car world away from the rampant “free love” high-horsepower era of the 1960’s muscle car and toward the “wait chastely in line” epoch where one had to idle lamely at the filling station to see if there was a turn to be had at all. It was like someone removed the sex, booze, cocaine, and music from the famed nightclub Studio 54 all at once. The automotive fun being had was either by happenstance or were as a result of fat stacks of cash and a whole lot of tinkering.
Most particularly in the 1980’s, Chrysler with it’s financial woes, combined with the desire to make a quick buck by pooping out inexpensive and fuel efficient cars, led to the consequent wheeled misery they produced in the forms of the various K-cars and the Omni/Horizon duo. For those interested in Chrysler’s most unfortunately named car (and drivers of them), see my article on the special editions of the Omni/Horizon Siamese twins HERE.
So instead of slowly shaking my head and discussing their introduction of the minivan, I’ll go back to a time before the Saturday Night Fever years. Heck I’ll go all the way back to the tidy and respectable Leave it to Beaver years. No need to discuss debauchery yet. It’s still early in the day.
The Chrysler New Yorker was meant as a near-luxury car. Not quite like GM’s Cadillac division, Not quite like Ford’s Lincoln division. It was meant to split the difference between those luxury brands and the more basic transportation options those manufacturers produced. Think of perhaps Buick and Mercury respectively as the competition. This was of course before the New Yorker turned into a poorly disguised K-car in the 1980’s as well.
This particular red over grey interior 1954 New Yorker is said by the seller to be all original and is powered by a 331 V-8 hemi. It is said to have only a few spots of rust in an inconspicuous location around where the trunk lid rests. The body is straight but has a few dings, and the interior has been restored to an acceptable level. The transmission shifts well, and the suspension allows for a comfortable ride.
Paint is in good condition as is the trim, however some of the chrome on the bumpers are showing some pitting. Owner is selling because he has 7 classic cars and has failing health, which is making it difficult to keep up with the maintenance on all of his vehicles.
For more information on this “New Yawkuh” produced in Chrysler’s heyday, and to contact the Seattle-area owner, click HERE to take you to the craiglist listing.