Junkyard Find: 1964 Chrysler New Yorker

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1964 chrysler new yorker

The last junked New Yorker we saw left something of a bad taste in my mouth, what with its not-very-luxurious Late Malaise Era overtones and general air of diminished expectations. Let’s all admire a real New Yorker, a car that looks classy even when propped on crude jackstands and awaiting consumption by The Crusher.

I spotted this battered-but-reasonably-complete ’64 at the same Denver self-service yard that gave us the ’82 New Yorker mentioned earlier. It has all the hallmarks of a car that sat for years or even decades before scrap steel prices caught up with it.

It’s got a pushbutton shifter, naturally.

And pushbutton HVAC controls as well! Making the fan lever mirror the shifter’s park-position lever is one of those design touches that was possible before nanny-state hand-wringers started worrying about getting their faces macerated by steel dash controls in low-speed wrecks.

The 1964 New Yorker came standard with a 340-horsepower 413-cubic-inch V8, which is a good thing; the four-door hardtop weighed 4,030 pounds.

This car doesn’t seem rusty, but all those years exposed to harsh Great Plains weather have just about obliterated the interior. It’s probably best that this car’s components live on in other, restorable New Yorkers (and Newports) while the shell becomes Chinese dishwasher components.

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  • Schrocko-123 Schrocko-123 on Jan 24, 2012

    what junkyard in denver is this in? my sister lives there, and i need parts for mine!

  • Pilgrim9 Pilgrim9 on Aug 05, 2012

    Hi, I am in the denever area and just bought a 64 New Yorker, I need several parts off of that car, would you let me know what junyard it was at?

  • Tassos And all 3 were ordered by Fisker's mother. Seriously, given Fisker's terrible record of Failure in the past, only an utter loser, (for example, VGhost or Art Vandelay?), looking for a BEV terrible enough to be a proper replacement of his 11 mile range Fiat 500E, would order one of these. (apart from Fisker's mother)
  • Tassos And all 3 of them were ordered by Fisker's mother.Seriously, after Fisker's DISMAL record of UTTER FAILURE in the past, only a GOD DAMNED MORON would order this one.
  • RHD Any truth to the unconfirmed rumor that the new, larger model will be called the bZ6X? We could surmise that with a generous back seat it certainly should be!
  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.https://www.lhd.com.au/lhd-insights/australian-road-death-statistics/