Out of Touch: 1978 Chrysler New Yorker – SOLD?

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

July 31st Update – While updating our past Malaise Monday listings, we confirmed the Craigslist post for this Mopar expired, so with no replacement ad found so we’re assuming this overpriced New Yorker “Sold?” however we will keep our eyes open for an updated listing if that turns out to not be the case.

With a more slab-sided appearance than the original “fuselage” styling of the 1969 models, the 1978 Chrysler New Yorker such as this two door example listed on Craigslist in Standfordville, New York  (Poughkeepsie) ended up being the last full-size two-door land yacht produced by the company before Lee Iacocca stepped in to turn around the company.  The current caretaker of this 17K original mile example currently has his New Yorker optimistically priced at $8,500, as according to the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool,  the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range for these final-year Chryslers is only $990, $2,145, and $3,080, respectively.

Chrysler introduced its ninth generation full size New Yorker line-up for 1974 just as the OPEC Oil Embargo hit, so these Land Yachts quickly fell out of favor with gas usage averaging less than 10 miles per gallon.  This generation also saw the introduction of Chrysler’s Lean Burn computerized spark advance ignition system.  While we take computer controlled engines for granted today due to their superior reliability, when Chrysler launched these first systems they quickly earned a reputation for unreliability and thus many owners or their mechanics swapped out the system for a traditional points-based system.  Consequently, these 1974-1978 versions are a rare site and are even rarer in such low-mileage, original condition with what appears to be the Lean-Burn system still in place, but you’ll need to comfirm that with the seller.  Other than some serviceable driver’s seat wear (properly matched leather dye will work wonders on this, the interior appears to be in like new condition.  Based on the pictures provided it appears what is likely the original paint in is need of a weekend’s worth of detailing to make it look like new.  If you can fit this Land Yacht in your garage and love Mopars, you’ll have a very comfortable ride driving it between gas stations and car shows alike.  Good luck with the purchase!


Here’s the seller’s description:

“1978 Chrysler New Yorker
2 door St Regis model
400 engine

Black exterior
Like New Red leather interior

Brand New tires and brand new battery.

Power steering, Power brakes
A/C, Am/Fm radio, 8 track player
17k original miles
Second owner – barn find

$8500 or Best Offer.


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