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1962 Chrysler New Yorker

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One cool thing about being a car freak in Alameda is the number of 45-year-old beaters still rumbling down the streets. This battered-but-defiant '62 New Yorker parks in front of a tow yard by the waterfront...

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If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere! This car has been in a few scrapes, but it's got lots of what realtors call character.

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The spiderweb-encrusted bare taillight bulb and general beat-ness makes this car seem quite Mad Max-y.

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Hmmm... Mad Max is probably the wrong movie reference. Add some chandeliers and it wouldn't look out of place in The Duke of New York's motor pool.

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Wow. Chrysler needs to start designing front ends like this again!

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And howzabout that rear quarterpanel trim? Early-60s Chryslers weren't just about the flash, though; a 340-horse 413 came standard with the New Yorker for 1962. The real high rollers sprang for the mighty 405-horse version, however.

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Style, and lots of it.

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My dad bought a '62 Chrysler Newport four door when I was young. He used it for his remodeling business and was able to hold all of his tools in the trunk, with room on the inside for a ladder if he needed one. Once he outgrew it as his work vehicle, it became my first car. To put it simply, it was a first car that I will never forget.

With the push-button transmission, and the space age looking instrument cluster the car wowed everyone that saw it. I remember taking a portable tape player with me to listen to music while I was driving, because there was nothing on the AM radio to listen to.

Thanks for bringing back the flood of memories!