Meet Ming, my 1973 New Yorker Brougham

ayilar

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I acquired this JA5 Silver Frost Metallic NYB a couple of weeks back. She has now safely reached my place, and @71Polara383 will get her back in tip-top shape. Super thanks to him for staying up late to ensure the car's reception in the wee hours this morning!

I saw this car advertised on FB in Greenfield, Ohio over a month ago. I alerted a few members who had been looking for a fusie 4-door, but none of them was interested. I am generally not a fan of the 1973's front end, but in this color, in this body style, it just works IMHO. This car is in fact the very picture of a "big Chrysler" that I've had in my head since reading a cool adventurers' book in 5th or 6th grade, and the price was too good to pass up, so I decided to jump in. The fact that the car is the same (save for the lack of passenger-side mirror and power antenna) as the one pictured in the 1972 Chrysler Corp. Annual Financial Report sealed the deal (thanks to @ceebuddy for that picture!).

The seller (who owns a towing-company and started a used-car business a couple of years ago) had recently gotten it from the widow of a local collectionner. The latter had kept the car in proper storage for the past 9 years, and the photos and video that the seller sent to me prior to my agreeing to buy the car seem to back up the claim. Unfortunately, the widow had just replaced her Kentucky title in early March without making any copy of the old title, so tracking the car's history will be harder than I had hoped for.

It took me a while to get the car transported, as the initial dispatcher (who had been pretty reliable before) got sick then went MIA. Thanks to @amazinblue82, @detmatt and @71Polara383 for suggesting Ray at A&A Auto Transport -- he made it happen.

Wyatt tells me that the car needs a passenger-side cornering light (in the process of being ordered from Arizona Motor Parts), a battery and tires (no surprise there), and of course the car will get a full tune-up and brake check. The rimblow steering wheel has one crack, but let's hope the rest is good. I have no idea if the A/C works (@Ripinator will note with dismay that it is H53), but the seller affirmed that the heater works well -- so I hope to be able to fix it if I am lucky enough to benefit from the guidance of experts such as @saforwardlook .

Here are a few pictures of the car right after her arrival!

C: Chrysler
S: Special (New Yorker Brougham)
43: 4 Door Hardtop

T: 440 cid 4 barrel V8
3: 1973
C: Jefferson Avenue, MI, USA

331: Build Date: March 31

E85: 440 cid 4 barrel V8 350hp
D34: Automatic Transmission

JA5: Silver Frost Poly Exterior Color
H7X9: Trim - High, Black Carlisle-cloth & Cologne-grain-vinyl Divided Bench Seats
(with Individual Adjustments, Passenger Recliner and Armrest in front & Armrest in rear)
TX9: Black Diamond Int. Door Frames
V1X: Full Vinyl Top, Black
V7X: Accent Stripes, Black

H53: AutoTemp A/C
G25: Add Vent Windows

R35: AM/FM Stereo Radio (10 Watts)

L31: Hood/Fender Mounted Turn Signals
L35: Cornering Lamps
L42: Headlamp Time Delay

M45: Fender Skirts

P31: Power Windows
P41: Power Door Locks

N88: Auto Speed Control

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Really nice score ayilar! Great colors that make it look very classy and I can understand why it was used for the 1972 Chrysler Financial Statement.

Could you tell us how many miles are on it, as it looks to be pretty low miles or very well cared for or both.

Glad you found one that presses all the right buttons.
 

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74,726 miles. Here is an interior picture of the dash taken by the seller on the (slightly rainy) day when he took the car outside so that I could "remote-inspect" it. As far as I could tell, there is not a crack or tear anywhere (except on top of the rimblow wheel).

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cherry sled chief. darn nice. Ray @ A&A took care of ya too.

yes sometimes the stars do align. hope you and Ming have a long association :)
 

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Nice lookin' New Yorker. Congratulations on saving this one! It looks like a nice example of a garaged kept car that somebody took care of before your acquisition.
 

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Congratulations on the New Yorker Ayilar! Awesome color combination, and I love the silver. I was not expecting to see you in one of these Imps, I thought you were a Monaco guy. Will we see it in Carlisle later this year? :poke:.
 

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Congratulations (...) I was not expecting to see you in one of these Imps, I thought you were a Monaco guy. Will we see it in Carlisle later this year? :poke:.

Thanks to you and everyone else for all the positive feedback!

Highly unlikely that she is going to Carlisle this year, as 2020 marks the 50th birthday of the C-body convertibles, and thus my focus this spring will be on ensuring that as many of the ‘70 Polara 'verts left make it there. On the other hand, I very much hope to be able to bring her to the 4th Midwest C-bodies Meet in late June.

I love the fuselage Polara/Monaco, but I also like many other fusies. A big luxury cruiser has always been high on my list, and this one hits many spots for me.

Also, may I ask why you chose the name Ming?
Yes, you may!
Ming the Merciless, ruler of the planet Mongo?
Nope...

--> Ming is one of the main protagonists in the book series to which I referred.

So one has to go ?

Has to? No. Should? Yes, as three classic cars (at the most) is where I would prefer to be — although most probably none of the four will go anytime soon. While I really like all my fusies, if someone came along and convinced me that they could and would properly take care of any one of my cars, then I would almost surely be willing to part with that car. I get more utility from seeing them loved and driven, than from owning them myself. That’s what happened to Elsie — @Jason will do right by her and so she’s not mine anymore for that reason.
 
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Nice find! I really like the look of the ‘73’s, the four door just works with the styling. When I see one of these in such great shape it makes me regret the demise of the gold NYB coupe. Best of luck with it!
 
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