Used Car of the Day: 1985 Chrysler New Yorker

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

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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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Joe blow Joe blow on Feb 09, 2023

    Jesus, what an effin' heap.

  • James A Silcox James A Silcox on Jun 30, 2023

    I had a low mileage 86. White exterior with maroon interior. Mine was quite dependable over the 5 years I owned it. I wish I had it back! I'd ake another.

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