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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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This, is a 1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue, previously known as a New Yorker Fifth Avenue. Didn’t Jacqueline Onassis live on Fifth Avenue in New York? Do you think she would have ever been seen in one of these things? Garish as they were, the Fifth Avenue is one of the reasons Chrysler managed to stay alive during the 1980s — from 1983-89 they sold over a half-million of them. Beginning with the 1984s, the six-cylinder engine was dropped, and all Fifth Avenues came with a 318CID V-8 and TorqueFlite automatic tranny. How luxe were these cars? One of the things touted in the 1984 brochure was “…body-color door handle tape inserts.” Gotta love those marketing guys. Saw this one over the summer in Tonawanda.

Jim Corbran • YouAutoKnow jim@artvoice.com

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