NOT MINE 1961 Chrysler Newport - Spring Special “Highlander” plaid interior - "Good condition, Mostly original" - North Buckeye, AZ

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For sale on Craigslist: 1961 Chrysler Newport Spring Special Highlander Edition 4-door Sedan in North Buckeye, AZ - $18,000 - No phone # provided. Reply to Seller through Craigslist email to: [email protected]

Link: 1961 chrysler newport for sale by owner - Wittmann, AZ - craigslist

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Seller's Description:
1961 Chrysler Newport Spring Special Highlander Edition 4-door Sedan
  • condition: good
  • cylinders: 8 cylinders
  • transmission: automatic
  • odometer: 56,478
  • paint color: black
  • title status: clean
This 1961 Chrysler Newport Four-Door Sedan is completely stock with only 57k original miles! Has the rare spring-special “Highlander” plaid interior. Completely original condition, from the paintwork and most of the interior to the 361 V8 engine. Even has original service stickers from the 1970s on the door trim molding. Rust-free and in good-running condition, with brakes redone in the past four years or so. Brake drums could use a turning however. The car has a very rare factory air conditioning system that is 100% complete. It will need charging. The AC turns on and blows but there isn't any freon left to cool down.

Under the hood is Chrysler’s 265-horsepower, OHV V8 engine with the OEM 2 Barrel carb, which is original to the car. The 361 is the smallest big block made by Chrysler and has a surprising amount of power still. Starts easily, with a few pumps of the gas pedal, and runs fine. An electronic ignition was added to improve starting with no smoke upon start-up. The engine is matched with a push-button three-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly. The paint is the original factory paint, and while it is very presentable, there are numerous chips and dings, particularly in the doors, a couple of minor bumps, and wear on horizontal surfaces. It's hard to see in the pictures because they are small but the paint and body will need a little TLC. Additionally, the windshield and other windows are original, showing the Chrysler/Mopar “Forward Look” and “Air Conditioned by Autotemp” logos, along with Solex glass markings. The seals are also original and are in good condition.

The original windlace on the doors is notably worn. All the exterior lights work normally.
Like the exterior, the cabin of this vintage Chrysler, with its unique red plaid seat and door panel inserts, is believed to be mostly original, with the front-seat vinyl and cloth upholstery the only known restored element. The original interior material is in excellent shape—and even the armrests, which are often warped or cracked, are in excellent condition. Additionally, the original carpet, headliner and sun visors are in good original condition, along with the ribbed dash pad, which shows some minor cracks. The dome light lens is also cracked and shows an older repair. All the interior trim is in place and the heater is functional, along with the original AM radio. The optional and rare (for a Newport) clear-and-white steering wheel appears in very good condition for its age, with only minor apparent cracks at its base. The turn signals, with their dash-mounted stalk, need to be held and released manually.

The chassis, suspension, and braking elements are in good condition, with the only issue being a very slow leak from the power steering pump. During the previous owners 11-year ownership, several service repairs have been made, including replacement of the rear leaf springs and shocks, a replacement idler arm bushing, repacked front wheel bearings, replacement outer tie rods and sleeves, and a front-end alignment. The brakes were also redone within the past four years and have about 800 miles on them. The work included replacement wheel cylinders, master cylinder, and front shoes, and recent radiator re-cored. Additionally, the whitewall tires are about 10 years old and have about 1,200 miles on them.

Pictures all taken within last 3 months and are from Maryland where car was purchased from. Car is now in Phoenix Metro area (North Buckeye). Open to trades for newer vehicles. Changes in telecommuting are forcing the sale of this beauty that I searched far and wide for, before I really even got time to sink into it. $18,000 obo, and I'm very open to any trades of approximate equal value, just ask. Prefer 1990's and newer or 70s Chevy pickup.