Hardtop Hauler: 1962 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon Project – SOLD!

by | Aug 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

August 17, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Four-door hardtops have become a truly special sight in modern times as the design is so clean, especially with the windows lowered. Even more special are very rare four-door hardtop station wagons. Truly unique are vinyl-roofed, highly-optioned examples such as this 1962 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country station wagon project originally listed in August 2021 on Craigslist in Waynesburg, Ohio (Akron/Canton) in need of complete restoration and offered for $4,000 currently. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Town & Country priced two thousand dollars below this guide’s #4 “Fair” appraisal of $4,000. Similarly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the asking price is less than half that of this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $8,975.

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.

While this Chrysler demonstration film currently featured on the Osborne Tramaine YouTube Channel may be from 1960, it provides a great overview of the company’s “Astro Dome” dashboard design that was still in place for 1962:

This Town & Country may not have been popular when new, but this highly optioned example deserves to be restored as it just has too many wonderful features not to be enjoyed again once it’s brought back to like-new condition.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“62 New Yorker wagon 413 v8 automatic transmission. Runs on a bottle and will move but has no brakes. The Trim is all there. Seats are rough. The frame is good. Will need front floors replaced and is rotted on top of the left fender. Rare car and very cool. If you put this one back on the road you will probably won’t see another.

Restore or Restomod: what would you do with this New Yorker?  Comment below and let us know!

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