Finless Find: 1962 Chrysler New Yorker Station Wagon – Sold?
November 16, 2021 Update – While this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet. For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
October 16, 2021 Update – The Internet and GuysWithRides.com never forget the history of an unsold listing. Nearly one year to the day since this seller’s last Craigslist posting expired, we came across a fresh ad by the same seller looking to find this rare Chrysler New Yorker station wagon a new home. While the private seller appears to use the same pictures from one year ago, we note that their asking price has been lowered by two thousand dollars to an even $20,000. What’s very interesting is that while one year ago that was Concours-level money for what is an uncompleted project, both of our typical pricing guides now show the price is commensurate with its unfinished condition.
December 1, 2020 Update – We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this ride expired, and with no replacement listing found, for now, we’re assuming this car sold unless we come across an updated listing.
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listed in October 2020 and recently relisted on Craigslist in Warren, New Jersey is a prime example as only 1,400 originally made make this station wagon a very rare sit today.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 now asking $20,000 (down from the original price of $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 between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $13,300 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $22,900. Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review reveals the seller’s ask now falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $9,550 and the #3 “Good” appraisal of $21,500.
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 have been rebuilt. The 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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