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I had my first contact with C-bodies in April 1968. It was my late father's '66 Newport 6-window sedan. Black with light blue cloth seats, made for export. I can still remember the wonderful smell of its interior. I was five at the time.
The second time around was my old man's '70 New Yorker 4d HT. Maroon with black top, and ivory cloth interior. It was a low option car, made for export. He kept it for 18 years, eventually had it oversprayed spinnaker white in 1981 (I think). I drove it for a few summers, when I was having my summer leave from university. I know it's still around, going strong with a little over 200K km (+125K mls) on the odometer, and now returned back to it's original maroon color.
Some years ago I found an almost identical one on the net, in WA. I bought it on the spot via e-mail, and had it shipped over. I then had it put back into shape, except for the paintwork, which it badly needed. Sold it, and thought that was it.
I was so wrong: it was the white '70 two-door in the 1970 Chrysler sales brochure, that I had been yearning for, for all these years. Forty five now to be exact, and counting...
Until suddenly in early spring of 2015 I bumped into a CL ad from Minneapolis. A white rolling shell with no engine. A curious ad with only a few lousy photos, and an odd tongue-in-the-cheek description. As I found out, both the vendor and the car had been bashed on this site at least twice. In spite of that I could not forget that ad; I followed it, and it kept on staying there. Much longer than they usually do. There had to be something in it; the car seemed so nice. So I called there, and the vendor sounded like a nice guy over the phone. But I thought his asking price was a bit too much, and we did not agree.
Finally, in Dec 2015 I decided to bite the bullet. I paid what he asked for it, and got a '69 440+A727 on top of the deal.
The white 2 door is now over here. It really is quite nice. It seems like nobody ever smoke in it. It smells like a new car, and there is very little rust anywhere. Surface rust on the flanks, mostly.
It is now stored in my friend's garage, and I'm collecting the bits and pieces that were taken away & lost with the engine some 6 years ago, in 2010. As of now, I have most of the stuff it needs. Still need a radiator. Waiting for a Griffin Exact Fit aluminum rad to arrive any day now.
Come summer 2017, it'll be back on the road.
Funny; after making my move last year I have seen more nice 2d '70 NY's for sale than I have seen during the last 20 years. There is even one white 2d with a black roof, buckets and a console, for sale here in Finland! Ouch!
Signature'70 New Yorker 2d HT EW1-H3Y4 project... ex '70 New Yorker 4d HT D8R-V1W-H8L2, Firm Feel front end & adjustable Koni's all around.