For Sale '61 Chrysler New Yorker Coupe FS Barn Finds

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Pete Kaczmarski

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neat car but overpriced in my opinion...

Last of the Fab Fins! 1961 New Yorker Coupe
Last of the Fab Fins! 1961 New Yorker Coupe
Todd Fitch

The silver steel wheels, massive fins, and rake of this 1961 Chrysler New Yorker in Tarzana, California give it a ’70s or ’80s High School vibe that’s hard to ignore. It’s like the Chrysler version of Ron Howard’s ’58 Chevy in American Graffiti. I’m sold already! In addition to a great look, this is an excellent-running car with a finished interior. For $23,000, the same price as a base Honda Accord, you can be driving it tomorrow. Check out the listing here on for more pictures and details.


Holy Space Module Command Center, Batman! Don’t look for the anachronistic gear shift lever, folks; gear-changes are handled by those push button left of the steering wheel. That’s how sophisticated Space-Age drivers do things. The Astradome instrument cluster will wow your friends and neighbors, and provides interest and pride as you enjoy every mile.


Chrysler’s slanted headlights begin in ’61 and the fins vanish for ’62, making this a one-year look. The same torsion-bar suspension that made this generation of Chrysler corporation’s vehicles popular with the law enforcement community gives them confident handling for long trips and two-lane cornering, provided you don’t ask too much.


The 413 cid (6.8L) V8 made 350 HP, and the seller confirms this New Yorker moves out to the tune of a sub-7 second 0-60 time that will embarrass a host of smaller, sportier modern cars. Once you shake out this Chrysler, it should prove highly dependable. You’ll never be taken off the road because of a bad fuel pump or ignition controller module, and spares for key parts could be carried in the trunk and replaced in the parking lot of any parts store in the country. Would you take this Chrysler or the Accord?

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    Buffalo Bob
    Sep 3, 2019 at 10:29am
    This is another of those cars you either love or hate. I like the term “So ugly, it’s beautiful.”

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    Sep 3, 2019 at 11:16am
    I wouldn’t go so far as to call it ugly, Early 60’s – Yes, Ugly – Maybe. You have to admit it has character and room for a boat load of people including the 2 or 3 cadavers you want to squeeze in the trunk. This is the kind of car you wanted to take to the $3 drive-in night at the movies, all you can fit into the car for $3.

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      Buffalo Bob
      Sep 3, 2019 at 12:18pm
      At least it doesn’t have the ‘toilet seat’ deck lid.

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    John D.
    Sep 3, 2019 at 12:16pm
    eh – We always put a few guys in the trunk with the beer cooler for drive-ins, plus the lawn chairs We went to a lot of drive-in movies, but I barely remember any. But lots of good memories of everything else.

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    Miguel Member
    Sep 3, 2019 at 2:52pm
    The price seems really high to me. Even Hagerty, who over prices cars like crazy, has this at $26,000 for a number 3 car and this is nowhere near that.

    Maybe he is charging the mandatory fin charge like people do with the ’59 Cadillac’s

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      Sep 3, 2019 at 6:39pm
      I’d go with the Chrysler over the Honda for a couple of tons of reasons. The 413 in the 64 New Yorker I owned was more than adequate. I took it to a ten minute oil change place and the kids couldn’t figure out the transmission.

      When my oldest son regaled me with tales of easily burying the speedo needle it had to go if I expected grandchildren.
      Still…the fruit didn’t fall far from the tree…

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    Sep 4, 2019 at 8:41am
    My younger sister bought a ’61 Windsor as her first car. I think its an identical model to this New Yorker other than it was a 4 door.

    We went on a couple of road trips with it and I remember fitting my road bicycle (with panniers) in the trunk without any disassembly. I also fondly remember that dash. I can remember thinking some sort of A/C would have been nice, but there’s also something nostalgic about rolling through rural eastern Oregon with the tinny tunes coming out of the radio and all of the windows rolled down.

    Alas, she had somebody try a rolling restoration on it. Suffered an electrical fire and burned to the ground.

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    Sep 4, 2019 at 10:51am
    you are kidding ?

    an Accord ?


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    Sep 4, 2019 at 1:56pm
    This is a true land yacht!! It would look so cool towing a old chriscraft wooden boat to the boat launch!!! They just don’t make them like this anymore!! That whole era from 57-62 when the cars were big and the fins were bigger!!! I loved it!!! It only stopped to make room for the muscle car era!!! I wish it would have lasted!!! Great time in America!!!

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    Pete Phillips
    Sep 4, 2019 at 3:47pm
    The two-door hardtops are extremely rare in the New Yorker series. I love it. Agree that the price is a big lofty, though. Wonderful wide-open road car–will do 80 or 90 or 100 all day long. I have a ’63 New Yorker with the 413. The car is just loafing at a little more than idle speed at 60 mph. These are well-built, quality cars. Chrysler was a little late getting out of the tail fin craze, but that’s what makes these unique. Any ’61 New Yorker is a rarely seen car, but in a two-door hardtop–wow!!
Overpriced for its condition, hardly any options at all (no PW, no a/c, no power seat, etc.) and the interior is done all wrong and cheaply to my eyes. Still needs paint and a lot more it appears.
Seller will be lucky to get $7-$8k for a car that needs paint with an incorrect interior, missing alternator belt, incorrect wheels, missing factory hubcaps. Radio mast is also missing. It is not a bad car just overpriced for it's current condition.

Seller is somewhat of a goofball. He clearly doesn't think Chrysler people are going to be interested.

"making this a one-year look" With subtle differences made every year until the late '80s, ALL cars had a one-year look.
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