Used Car of the Day: 1985 Chrysler New Yorker

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 1985 chrysler new yorker

It's time to party like it's 1985.

If you have $2,500 you're willing to part with and the time to spend on a project car.


It has a 2.2-liter turbo mill and an automatic trans. It needs new tires, some brake work, and maybe a new alternator. It also has some rust on the rockers and the roof apparently needs to be painted.

Still, it doesn't appear to need a crazy amount of work. If you're an '80s kind of person, flip on some Talking Heads and get to work.

[Images: Seller]

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  • Golden2husky Golden2husky on Jan 12, 2023

    Father had an 84 NY...first 18 or so months was a nightmare. Not just your normal electrical stuff but weird things - seat frame failed, bad radio, bad cluster, battery, door pulls, Mikuni carb (two), struts, and countless more items I can't remember. But the strange part was after this shakeout of bad parts, it was basically trouble-free for a decade.


    These were great donors for upgrading K cars - I had the most luxurious K car around - stripped out the interior of a wrecked New Yorker - everything bolted right in!

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