A New Yorker In Boise…

This morning I was perusing the FB group, Finding Future Classic Cars, and my Brougham Radar immediately locked onto this fine 1966 New Yorker offered on Boise Craigslist, complete with the ‘earmuff’ style vinyl accents on the C-pillars. I’ve always liked the 1965-66 Chryslers. Styled by Elwood Engel, late of Ford Motor Company, his designs were strikingly rectangular, but elegant. And if you think 1961 Continental in profile, that’s not a coincidence, he was involved with that car as well.

On to the car! Per the seller: “440 V8. 4 Door Hardtop cars are becoming a thing of the past, especially in the condition of this 1966 Chrysler New Yorker. Low Original Miles: 43,876 (as of the day of this listing).”

“Mr. Q.C. Corder bought this 1966 New Yorker in Mt. Enterprise, Texas on 01-30-1967. He ordered it (his pride and joy) in Stunning Daffodil Yellow. This car even comes with the original certicard.”

This gem remained in the same family until it was purchased by my brother and myself in 2019. The oil change sticker on the door jamb when we bought this New Yorker showed 41,355 miles on 09-1985. After being garaged for decades a bit of attention was needed. In the past 6 months here is a list of the work that has been done.”

• Brakes completely gone through including master cylinder and rebuilt power booster.
• Carburetor Rebuilt
• Heater Core Rebuilt
• Tune-up
• Transmission rebuilt because of leaks.
• New KYB Shocks
• New Starter Relay
• Fuel Pump
• Valve Cover Gaskets
• New Coker Radial Tires

“This is truly a time warp car. When taken to cars shows people are awestruck by the all original interior. The beautiful body lines are straight as an arrow. The bumpers don’t have that dullness that comes with time and improper care. They are nice bright and shiny. All power windows work great, 6-way power seat works like new.”

“The AC is not working, but the compressor turns freely. Comes with New AC Dryer and clutch bearing for the AC. Currently the cruise control is not working, however was working fine when we bought the car.”

It’s sharp, but I think 15K is a little on the high side for a car with broken cruise and A/C. But it’s definitely a head turner. I’ve only seen a couple 1965-68 Chryslers around here, a green ’66 coupe, gold ’67 four door hardtop and a rough, ROUGH white ’68 four-door hardtop. But you don’t have to buy this car to enjoy the pictures. Until next time, folks!

13 Replies to “A New Yorker In Boise…”

  1. AvatarTony LaHood

    Love the IP shot. I’d forgotten about the foot-wide brake pedal that seemed to be mandatory with an automatic transmission.

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    • Avatarsgeffe

      Fiatsler always had the wide rectangular brake pedals. Ford and GM had the trapezoidal ones, with laughably small pedals on stickshifts; it just seemed that it’d be easy to accidentally miss the brake pedal in work boots while driving a pickup so-equipped. (Of course, I just remembered that the Chevy/GMC vans always had the smaller pedals, even on automatics. The BIG pedals with “DISC BRAKES” in a circle in the center were impossible to miss!) Ford had smaller brake pedals on Fox bodies, that I knew of; might have gone back to the Falcons, as I remember my Grandmother’s ’67 ‘Stang equipped the same.

      It’s weird, but brake pedals on all makes look alike now. I wonder if there’s some sort of international regulation on that.

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  2. AvatarI COME IN PEACE

    Younger, stupider me bought my 2nd classic (the first being a ’68 Fury basketcase) which was… a ’66 Newport in nearly time capsule condition. This was during early internet days so I found it on some random FSBO classic car site. It had something like 30k grandma miles on it with a couple of grandma-backing-out-of-the-garage dings, the 383 V8, and was in the next state over from me. Similar color to the one posted here, but it was more beige, less yellow, and a rose/champagne kind of interior. Flew over, paid $3500 for it.

    The drive home was interesting, because it was wearing bias ply tires at the time, don’t remember if they were original. Not having a garage for it made me sell it a bit later because the thing didn’t deserve to just sit out in my yard in the rain.

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  3. Avatarsgeffe

    During the early part of the ‘Rona, I was binge-watching “Highway Patrol” with Broderick Crawford. As a result, I wouldn’t throw a nicely-preserved ’57-‘60 Chrysler product out of my dream garage.

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    • AvatarTony LaHood

      I enjoy those Highway Patrol reruns, but wonder (1) why so many police cars were two-door sedans, and (2) how the hell Dan Mathews passed his annual department physical.

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  4. AvatarCJinSD

    Lovely car. I’m surprised that it doesn’t have a temperature gauge. Chrysler was putting them in their more affordable cars at the time, and they’ve pretty much stuck while the alternator gauge is now an anachronism.

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  5. Avatarjc

    I wouldn’t call that “rectangular” at all, certainly not like a 1980 Cutlass or a Citation or a Cimarron. “Angular”, rather, and in the nicest possible way. Note the very nice contoured sides, which 20 years later would have just been as close to flat as possible, with just enough curvature not to flap in the wind.

    When one considers how butt ugly Chrysler products of about 1957-1962 were, it’s interesting that they could turn around and make something like this.

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