Posts Tagged ‘chrysler’

No Letter – 1966 Chrysler 300

July 18, 2016

If your interests are more focused on sports and performance cars, but you’ve been curious about the world of American luxury cars of the mid-20th century, the offerings from Chrysler should sound like a good gateway drug – with a greater focus on handling and performance than, say, Cadillac or Lincoln, you can have the large-car experience without having to give up all pretense of roadholding. You also get the what-was-once-old-is-new-again mid-century modern styling, of which some of the best examples are the Elwood Engel-designed Lincolns and Chryslers. Plus, you get to say your car was designed by a guy called Elwood. Let’s take a look at this 1966 Chrysler 300 for sale for $4500 in Seattle, WA.

1966 Chrysler 300 left front



Spitfire in St. Helens – 1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe

July 1, 2016

Mt. St. Helens is famous for spitting fire (and a lot more) back in 1980, and the Chrysler Windsor was not quite so famous for having a Spitfire six-cylinder engine as its base specification in the early 1950s. The Windsor was a rather conservatively styled entry model of the luxury Chrysler lineup, and it’s hard to imagine the change that would come in the next 10-15 years at Chrysler – outrageous fins, ornate styling, and then slab sided minimalism. Sheet metal and a one-piece windshield were new for 1953, and while the Hemi 331 V8 was the more desirable engine with its 180hp, the 265 L-head six put out a respectable 119hp and was known for being smooth and durable. So let’s take a look at a car that, based solely on its location, *may* have survived the explosion of Mt. St. Helens – check out this 1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe for sale for $3300 in St. Helens, WA.

1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe right front


Make it Bigger! 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe Sedan

March 14, 2014

The first Chrysler designs from Virgil Exner seem to be the best designs from his tenure, unlike Elwood Engel’s, as he seemed to have a knack for leaving before his designs became obscured by management pressure – or perhaps Engel just had a stronger personality. Either way, the 1955 Chrysler sedans were some of the most elegant, continental-looking designs coming from Detroit at the time. And while the coupes and the 300 letter cars have moved out of the realm of affordability, you can still occasionally find a sedan, which has 95% of the styling at 10% of the price. Or something like that. You can find this 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe sedan for sale for $3800 in Los Gatos, CA.

1955 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe right front