Junkyard Find: 1989 Chrysler New Yorker Landau Mark Cross Edition

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1989 chrysler new yorker landau mark cross edition

Ford really set the standard for designer-edition luxury cars during the late 1970s, with the Lincoln Mark V available with Superfly-grade styling by Bill Blass, Givenchy, Emilio Pucci, and Cartier. The competition scoured the world for competing designers, with even AMC getting into the act, and Chrysler signed up Mark Cross for some glitzed-up luxury cars based on stretched variants of the aging K Platform.

Here’s a 1989 Mark Cross Edition New Yorker Landau, spotted in a Denver self-service yard a couple of weeks ago.

Broughams and Landaus and Concourses and all the rest of that faux-luxe badging didn’t last long into the 1990s, at least not in the mainstream, but the word Landau still meant something to Chrysler shoppers in 1989.

Chrysler no longer used the “Corinthian Leather” term by this point, so the Mark Cross New Yorker (and Imperial) came with “Mark Cross leather with vinyl trim” inside. Sure, we mock this sort of interior today, but the setup was very comfy for a long drive across, say, Iowa and Nebraska.

Power came from the versatile Mitsubishi 6G72 V6, an engine that went into everything from the Mitsubishi Debonair to the worst car ever inflicted upon humanity.

The padded landau roof is in good shape by the standards of cars living under the withering Colorado sun. The resale value of these cars is so low today, though, that any mechanical problem costing more than a few hundred bucks amounts to a death sentence for most examples.

It was sold new in Denver and, 29 years later, will be crushed in Denver.

New Yorker gives you… everything!

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  • WildcatMatt WildcatMatt on Jan 16, 2018

    When I was in high school I had a friend who blew the motor in his '76 Cougar and wound up with one very like this as a hand-me-down from his grandparents. He listened to Primus and Ministry and loathed the car's style but riding shotgun I thought it rode just fine. As a 16 year old, for some reason I was always impressed that they put the mouse fur on the A-pillar trim.

  • Akear Akear on Jan 16, 2018

    It has been 30 years!!!

  • Jeff S I haven't seen one of these since the 90s. Good find.
  • William Piper Ditch the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance for starters….Mitzu has probably benefited less than the other two partners and it has shackled any brand creativity moving forward.
  • Tassos I knew a woman in the area, a journalist (at least she claimed to be a reporter of some kind) who owned one of these tiny pickups with a manual transmission. SHe was only 40 at the time, but she must have been hard of hearing, because she would routinely forget to shift and we would go at fairly high speeds in very low gear, which made a huge racket, which did not seem to bother her (hence my deafness hypothesis). Either that, or she was a lousy driver. Oh well, another very forgettable, silly car from the 80s (and if my first and LAST VW, a 1975 Dasher wagon, was any indication, a very unreliable one too!)
  • Tassos Now as for the Z specifically, Car and Driver had a comparison test of the new Z400, a car that looks good on paper, with plenty of HP etc, but, despite the fact that the cars that win in those tests are usually brand new models that are more up to date than their aging rivals, the Z finished DEAD LAST in the test, to my ovbious surprise.
  • Arthur Dailey Sorry but compare that spartan interior to the Marks that Corey is writing about. 'A cigarette lighter'. Every Mark had 4 cigarette lighters and ashtrays. And these came standard with 'a 3.4-liter, 182-horsepower straight-six in the engine compartment and a five-speed manual transmission'. Those do not tick off many of the luxury boxes aspired to by 'the greatest generation'.Not sure about the 7 series but one of My Old Man's associates showed up once with a brand new 5 series circa 1977 and they gave him such a bad time that he traded it for a Fleetwood within a week.