No Air: 1977 Chrysler Newport 46K Mile Sedan – Sold?

Dec 2020 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

January 24, 2021 Update – we just noticed the listing “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Gaz-guzzling and poor quality. Adjectives that will doom any automaker’s products very quickly.  That’s exactly what was happening to Chrysler by the time this 1977 Newport Four-Door Sedan originally listed in December 2020 on Craigslist in Williamstown, New Jersey rolled off the assembly line. This white-over-gold cloth, 46K mile, 400 cubic inch V8-powered entry-level land yacht is currently available for $6,500.   Comparing this price against the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms this private seller has their Newport priced between the #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $6,000 and the #1 “Excellent” estimate of $8,900, before factoring in a ten percent deduction for no factory air conditioning.

Chrysler abandoned its five-year-old “fuselage” styling for the 1974 model year on for its entire C-Boby full-size line up that included the entry-level Newport. While the new boxier styling was several inches shorter, its reliance on a chassis dating back to the prior decade combined with a botched marketing decision to have the Chrysler brand specializes in full-size cars, made this vintage of Newport the heaviest ever produced by Chrysler. Unfortunately, their ill-timed launch coincided with the 1973 OPEC oil embargo, and sales of all full-size cars plummeted. The Chrysler Corporation was especially hit hard, as no smaller cars were sold under the Chrysler brand.  Production of the Chrysler C-body Newport and New Yorker ended in 1978.

We couldn’t find any ’77 Newport-specific advertising, but this ’77 New Yorker commercial hints at how much Chrysler management was in denial about its outdated, gas-guzzling sedans as it spiraled towards bankruptcy:

With less than 47K original miles, this survivor-quality Newport is a great candidate for someone to try their hand at Antique Automobile Club of America (“AACA”) preservation class judging.  We love the fact that this non-A/C equipped car reminds the front seat passengers with block-out plates in place of air vents. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Chrysler Newport. 1977 4 door garage kept 46,434 miles all original runs, drives and rides very nice, interior is like new, no rips tears, and everything works, under the car is perfect NO RUST or holes, 400 cubic inch motor automatic transmission, its a non air condition car, paint is very nice, has some scratches, starts right up every time you can drive it anywhere, right side rear bumper is dented see picture, right side lower vinyl top is torn see picture, over all paint is very good condition, aftermarket muffler, sounds like a muscle car no leaks, 43 year old original garage keep car
its a chrysler NEWPORT
6500. 00 obo cash in person

Show or go: What would you plan to do with this Newport Sedan?  Comment below and let us know!


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