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.
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.