Trimmed Tailfins: 1962 Chrysler Newport Four-Door Hardtop – Sold?
September 23, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “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 us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
August 18, 2021 Update – We just discovered a fresh listing replaced the expiring original ad for this Chrysler Newport. The price, description, and pictures are duplicates of the original ad.
In the early 1960s, the Newport was Chrysler’s entry-level full-size car. For 1964 while canted headlights remained the rage, Chrysler stylists trimmed the tailfins on the 1962 models such as this rare four-door hardtop originally listed in August 2021 on Craigslist in Milford, Massachusetts (Boston) for $14,900. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Newport priced between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $11,600 and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $16,200. Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $11,500 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $16,300.
Chrysler revived the Newport name for their new, full-size entry-level model for 1961. At a base price of $2,964 (equal to $25,929 today), the Newport was the least expensive Chrysler model, intended to appeal to owners of the discontinued DeSoto brand. While the Newport was successful and comprised the bulk of Chrysler production, the base Newport sedans were modest trim package versions of Chrysler’s traditional upscale models, featuring smaller hubcaps instead of full-wheel covers, plain interiors, and a minimal amount of exterior trim. In 1961, the Newport was available as a two-door convertible, two-door hardtop, four-door sedan, four-door hardtop, and four-door station wagon. The base engine for the Newport was the 265 horsepower 361 cubic inch (5.9 L) V8 engine. Optional were either the 413 cubic inch or 383 cubic inch V8s as well. All Newports could be ordered with the 413 topped with either single or dual four-barrel carburetors and most of the 300 letter car options, except the four bucket seats, center console, and tachometer. The dash had been designed with Chrysler’s push-button controls for the TorqueFlite automatic in mind, with the gauge cluster covering the part of the steering column a column shifter would come out from under then-standard practice, so manual cars used a floor shifter. The 1962 model year Chryslers continued to use the 1961 body that still featured canted front headlights however stylists removed the tailfins.
The Osbourn Tramain YouTube Channel features a 1962 vintage Mobil Gas commercial in which the canted headlights of the cartoon car are clearly influenced by Chrysler Newports of the day:
We love the color combination and how well preserved this 63K original mile Newport remains. The coolest feature is the driver’s “Command Seat” which is noticeably taller than the rest of the front bench. Despite being Chrysler’s entry-level car, this example is very well-optioned.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Gorgeous 1962 Chrysler Newport. Very rare four-door hardtop. 63000 miles. Very solid no rust body. Real nice Coral Gray (tan) paint. Unibody excellent under. Beautiful dome dash and nice headliner. Perfect dash pad. Light wear on the seat cloth insert. 361 Big block and push-button automatic. Highly optioned car with power windows and power seat as well as tinted glass, remote mirror, power brakes, and steering. Runs and drives 100 percent. A very well preserved Mopar that is ready to drive and enjoy now.
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