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Wheels in the Grass

Out in the hills of the Town of Yorkshire , N.Y. sit these two 1958 Chrysler New Yorker four-door hardtops, both with plates — but I can’t say they looked like they’ve moved in a while.

another 1958 Chrysler New Yorker, Yorkshire, N.Y.

1958 Chrysler New Yorker, Yorkshire, N.Y.

For their age, and for late-50s Chrysler products, they don’t look too rusty (at least, not from my vantage point out on the road!). The ’58s were a mild restyle of the surprising ’57s, which so shocked the head honchos at General Motors that they scrapped their whole 1959 model lineup and hurried new Chevys, Pontiacs, Buicks, Oldsmobiles, and Cadillacs to compete with the befinned Mopars. GM’s ’59s weren’t merely restyled, they were overstyled!

'58 New Yorker ad

The New Yorker hardtop sedan (as they were called) in 1958 had a list price of $4,533 and only 4,805 were built, so to still find two in the same driveway 52 years later is quite a feat!

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know
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  • Max

    Jim – that’s a real find in 2010 – twin ’58 Chrysler New Yorkers!

    Sad to contrast your discovery with today’s business headlines:

    Treasury takes $2.1 billion loss on Chrysler loan
    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON—The Treasury Department said Monday it will lose $2.1 billion on a loan made to Chrysler in early 2009. Taxpayer losses from bailing out Chrysler and General Motors are expected to rise as high as $34 billion, congressional auditors say.
    Treasury said Monday that it had received a $1.9 billion repayment from Chrysler Holding, which emerged from bankruptcy last year, and that was all it expected to recover.

    It’s sad to witness how far the once proud MOPAR brand has fallen….