Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Where are the real New Yorkers these days? Bay Ridge!

Having moved to my new neighborhood last week I've been pleasantly surprised by the great old iron scattered about the streets. Here is my first installment but there are several waiting in the wings:
This is a 1968 Chrysler New Yorker in a nicely faded coat of original Frost Green Poly. It is totally awesome. I love this car!
This is a big old pointy-grilled Detroit ride looking ready for action even though it's got its battle scars. The sides are so flat that they've surpassed flatness and gone straight to concavity for the length of the car.
They literally gave this car the same simple tape treatment that a boxer gets between rounds. 3 measly rivets and an obviously trimmed to length piece of generic metal is all this prizefighter gets while it's screaming "PUT ME BACK IN THE RING COACH!"
This car is badass. The bumper survived whatever tore the beejezus out of the fender. By the way check out that tiny light on the bumper.
Despite the dented front and rot chewing its way around the fender skirt this ride has great lines. Chrysler already had a history of breaking away from the pack with its unique and daring designs but by this point they were really going for it. The chrome lower body treatment is excellent. Those are the original hubcaps though there's an interloper on the other side.
This beast is pretty dirty but the green is pleasing even in this state.
Dig those taillights hidden into a mock grill. The front and rear have a lot in common. The Chrysler 300 from this year had hidden headlights that made the front grill look like this. I like every single car they made in 1968. 
The script is very elegant for a fire breathing brute like this. The only engine choice for this car was the massive 7.2 liter 440 V8. Not only is that a colossal power plant but it was free breathing without any emissions equipment choking the horsepower. These things are big but fast!
The rust seems to be from resting under wet leaves more than anything. The fender skirts both have issues but the quarter panel looks mostly solid.
The top is in remarkable condition. Once moisture finds its way underneath it's curtains for the roof.
This fastback body style was only introduced in '67 and after '68 the entire lineup was changed dramatically. The 1966 and earlier New Yorkers had a formal upright squared off roofline.
This thing is outfitted with huge bucket seats. Of course somebody can ride in the middle but for the most part this is a personal luxury hot rod. If you look closely you'll see the massive ashtray is pulled out from under the dash. There's a central lighter and then each side has its own ashtray!
The radios in these rides are amazing. The knobs are dials built sideways into the dash that scroll up and down.
There's an old aftermarket 8 track player mounted under the dash! Awesome to see one still in place. Some were removable to take on picnics but I can't tell from this angle.
That's the mouth of the New York Harbor through the trees. The Verrazano Narrows bridge is just off stage left.
Well that's where I'll leave this sweet rig. Sales were great for Chrysler in 1968 so there are some of these around if you keep your eyes open. Unfortunately many of these have had their engines yanked out of them over the years but if you can find one intact it will be quite the fun beast to drive around in. 

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