Since the Chrysler New Yorker ran as a model from 1938 to 1996, it just didn't seem right to include every model into one blog post, so I'm concentrating on the very first model of the Chrysler New Yorker that was produced from 1939-1945.
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The 40's era New Yorker was the introduction of Fluid Drive: a fluid coupling between the engine and the clutch.  It offered easier shifting and was the precursor to automatic transmission technology.

In 1941, Chrysler New Yorker's Town Sedan was introduced with hinges at the front of the rear doors.  This was one of the first sedans offered without the suicide doors for the rear cabin.

In 1942, after entering WWII, auto production heavily decreased to support the military efforts.  Because of this, the Chrysler New Yorker produced only half of the initial projection for production on the 1942 New Yorker.  The total produced was only 7,045 vehicles.

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With an Inline 8-cylinder (I-8) engine, the first generation New Yorker hauled out a maximum of 140 hp: enough for its 3500 lbs. curb weight.  With its limited production during WWII, the later I-8 engine became the predecessor to the Hemi engine.

The New Yorker came in several styles including a 4-door, coupe, and convertible models.  Trim levels varied year to year including two exclusive models for the 1942 model year.  The Highlander edition sported Scottish plaid interior, and the Navajo edition sported upholstery designed to look like Native American blankets including the classic thunderbird pattern.

One of the minor "claims to fame" for the Chrysler New Yorker is its appearances as a background vehicle in the iconic 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life.  

 


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