Finless Find: 1962 Chrysler New Yorker Station Wagon – Sold?
December 1st Update – We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this ride expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold. This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330.
Classic cars originally built new in limited numbers tend to be a very rare site once nearly sixty years of attrition have taken their toll. This partially-restored 1962 Chrysler New Yorker Station Wagon currently originally listed in October 2020 on Craigslist in Warren, New Jersey is a prime example as only 1,400 originally made make this station wagon a very rare sit today. Reported to be a California-sourced car with a dechromed but finished exterior now in need of interior work, the current caretaker is asking $22,000 for his New Yorker. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his not-yet-finished car priced $500 above this guide’s #1 “Concours” estimate of $21,500. Hagerty’s estimate appears to be out of touch as the Collector Car Market Review confirms the seller has his Chrysler priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $18,700 and the #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $28,200.
For the 1962 model year, Chrysler’s Virgil Exner designed “Forward Look” styling was finally phased out. The classic Chrysler tail fins no longer existed for 1962 and now only four-door models were offered as wagons, sedans, and hardtops. While the front end of the car remained unchanged, with slanting headlights alongside an “open mouth” grille, station wagons saw a different rear fender treatment that was more reminiscent of Plymouths. Potential consumers considered the now-finless cars bizarre and sales were slow compared to Chrysler’s entry-level Newport which was identical in body style and offered a convertible model. The New Yorker was the last Chrysler to have a 126-inch wheelbase.
The OsbornTramain® YouTube Channel provides this 1962 Chrysler 300 extended commercial providing a glimpse of the off styling from that year:
As long as you like the dechromed look and either your in-person or professional pre-purchase inspection confirms the exterior has been finished to a high standard, this is the perfect wagon to take on the interior finishing over this winter to have the car ready for the 2021 summer cruise season. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Rare 1962 Chrysler New Yorker wagon. Only 1400 of these manufactured in 1962.
The car was originally a California car.
The car has been restored and in the process of finishing the interior
The car is restored original with the restoration being completed without the 60s trim on the car. The factory trim and mirrors are included and in great shape and can easily be placed back on the car.
There is a re chromed front bumper and 300 grille that are currently being placed on the car.
Factory 413 4 barrel engine. Runs great and has been highly detailed.
All window motors has been rebuilt. Interior is clean, original and complete.
Factory air car.
Electro Lumen space age dash with automatic transmission push buttons. Power Windows and Power Seats
No rust on top, inside or underneath.
Beautiful Paint and super straight body!
Beautiful rare car! Just like the one in the 1987 movie “Can’t Buy Me Love”
Wagons are hot!!! priced realistically at 22,000
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