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1971 Chrysler Newport

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Time was, big early-70s Chryslers were everywhere, driven by fedora-wearing liquor-store owners and semi-successful realtors from coast to coast. The cool thing is that you still see a fair number of them on the street; since most of them really aren't objects of obsessive resto-worship, this means that they're simply survivors, getting by on their own vehicular merits. We at El Jalopo appreciate that, so it was nice to spot this '71 Newport a couple blocks from my shack.

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The Newport wasn't quite as snazzy as the New Yorker, but you still got more than two tons of Detroit steel.

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Yes, the big Chrysler for '71 was class all the way.

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Of course, the 2-door was a lot better-looking than the 4-door we have here. Still, though, it has some nice lines.

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The infamous peeling vinyl top, no doubt covering the traditional body rust. Nice tape repair; the owner picked a matching color!

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The standard engine for the '71 Newport was a 275-horse 383, but for a mere $208 you could have the 335-horse 440 that went into the New Yorker and 300.

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Sadly, no 4-speeds for Newport buyers (at least not from the factory). But check out the cool castle grille emblem!

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That bumper has several acres of chrome. Lesser vehicles would bounce off it like ping-pong balls off a battleship.

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Technically, this isn't a dogdish. But it retains a dogdishy look, and that's what counts.

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scottydawg
I am Jack's complete lack of compassion

Nothing much to say besides the 440 was a bulletproof engine. Heavy as hell, but bulletproof.