As regular visitors will probably know, we are partial to an old station wagon. It’s lovely to see something survive that was essentially meant to be a work horse.
This 1957 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country Station Wagon is no exception. With a name that feels like it is as long as this wagon’s 18 feet length. Surprisingly they are actually just slightly shorter than the other New Yorker cars by around 0.7 inches.
There is something great too about Virgil Exner’s Forward Look (revised for 1957) in station wagon form. The way the fins sit with the tailgate and rear windows in a form so different from the other cars in the line-up.
Rear view showing the tailgate and bigger fins for 1957.
The two-tone color combination is very striking in Copper Brown Metallic over Desert Beige.
Sat at the top-of-the-line for ’57 the New Yorker looks every bit deserving of that status. What a stunning and richly appointed interior greets you inside. Almost a shame to have to put the kids and dog in there!
Comfort and luxury of a sedan
And look at this brute of an engine. A 392 cubic inch ‘Firepower’ V8 engine with 4-barrel carb was standard n the New Yorker. Power output was 325 horsepower connected to a TorqueFlite automatic transmission. That really is a piece of engineering that is also a marvel to look at. That engine bay looks spotless too!
392 Firepower V8
Chrysler made just 1,391 of these beautiful New Yorker Town & Country Wagons for 1957 making a survivor in this sort of condition somewhat of a rarity. Apart from the 300C it was the most expensive car Chrysler had to offer starting at $4,746. To put that in perspective, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon came in at a base price of $2857 (for the V8).
Although the New Yorker did come with some luxuries as standard (such as power steering), this car is equipped with nearly all the options available at the time. This includes: power brakes ($39), power windows ($125), four-way powered front seat ($75), Music-Master AM radio WITH TRANSISTORS ($100), whitewall tires ($45) and air conditioning ($495).
This amazing car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)
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.