1950 Chrysler New Yorker

Luxury is the order of the day in this restored 1950 Chrysler New Yorker Sedan in Racine Blue.

The New Yorker is identical to the cheaper Saratoga mechanically and differs only in richer interior design and appointments.

1950 marked Chrysler's 25th Anniversary and, despite the celebrations of this great milestone, they suffered a strike that lasted over 14 weeks. Even so, total sales were up on the previous year. However, it was a good year generally for the motor industry with Ford and Chevrolet gaining even more. The strike undoubtedly cost Chrysler some of those sales.

1950 Chrysler New Yorker Sedan

Rear view

The original sales brochure amusingly told us how the Saratoga and the New Yorker were great favorites with women as they were, "so easy to drive and park", "safe for the children" and "spacious and tastefully appointed".

This interior shot shows the Safety-Cushion dash panel, beautifully styled instrument panel (with 'Safety-Cushion' padding) and a glimpse of the striped broadcloth fabrics on the seating. Fitted with a Deluxe radio and a heater these optional extras would have cost $90 and $70 respectively.

1950 Chrysler New Yorker Dash Interior

Dash / Steering wheel

Power comes from a 323.5 cubic inch "Spitfire" flathead straight 8 engine producing 135 horsepower, paired with a Prestomatic automatic transmission. This was to be the last year that the New Yorker used this engine as the following year a V8 was introduced.

1950 Chrysler L-head 8-cylinder engine

L-head 8-cylinder engine

Chrysler produced 22,633 New Yorker Sedans for the 1950 model year at a base price of $2,756. It was the best selling of all the New Yorker models.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

Recommended Reading

Chrysler Heritage: A Photographic History

Chrysler Heritage: A Photographic History by Michael W. R. Davis

Over 200 vintage photographs help tell the story of Chrysler's Heritage. From the acquisition of Dodge and the introduction of Plymouth and DeSoto, Chrysler grew to be a mighty force in the motor industry.

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