1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible  Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175
Lot 356
1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible
Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175
Sold for US$ 46,200 inc. premium

Lot Details
1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible  Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175 1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible  Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175 1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible  Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175 1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible  Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175 1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible  Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175 1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible  Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175 1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible  Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175 1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible  Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175 1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible  Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175 1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible  Chassis no. 6614233 Engine no. C26-3175
1940 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander Convertible
Chassis no. 6614233
Engine no. C26-3175
323ci inline eight-cylinder engine
Single two-barrel carburetor
135bhp at 3,400rpm
Three-speed manual transmission with Fluid Drive
Front independent coil spring and rear beam axle suspension
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes

-Four owners from new
-Extensively documented from new
-Factory correct restoration
-One-year-only model
-Striking plaid interior

The New Yorker

Initially introduced as the New Yorker Special in 1938 as a sub-series to the Imperial, the New Yorker name would appear continuously on Chryslers for the next 60 years giving it the distinction of being the longest running American car nameplate. 1939 the name came into its own, dropping the 'Special' title and growing to a fuller model line-up of coupes and sedans. New-for-1940 was a totally redesigned model that looked thoroughly modern—the design language of the 1940 models would carry on with only slight modification until the 1950s—and incorporated new features such as Fluid Drive, which allowed for easier transmission operation.

The Motorcar Offered

As is rarely the case, this car has benefited not only from being fully loaded from the factory, but also from exemplary care provided by the mere handful of people who have had the pleasure to own her. The Chrysler was sold new to Mr Edwin F. Miles of San Francisco. In ordering the car, Mr Miles made the astute chose of selecting the top of the line model—the New Yorker Highlander Convertible. Made in only one year, the 'Highlander' name would live on only as a trim package, the Scottish nomenclature was derived from the unique and extensive use of bold tartan plaid cloth on everything from the seats to the door panels to the top boot.

Mr Miles owned and carefully maintained the New Yorker until 1973 when it was purchased by fellow California Russ Parker. Appreciating the car as much as Mr Miles had, Mr Parker kept the car for a subsequent 36 years, during which the Chrysler continued to be carefully maintained but minimally used. On the car's 60th birthday, a correct and thorough restoration of the very honest, original and unmolested car was carried out and photo documentation of the work continues with the car today. After completion, the drop top was sold in 2003 to Roger Morgan of Chino Valley, Arizona. The current owner acquired the car in January 2010.

The long-term enthusiast ownership of this car for the first 66 years of its history is further enhanced by the first two owners' attention to detail—virtually every service book, manual, scrap of factory paperwork has been retained. The original Owner's ID Card, the Radio and Fluid Drive guides, the Owner's Service Policy, and even the never-used radio button decals are retained in framed displays. Even rarer are the factory build tags, narrow metal tabs originally attached under the dashboard to guide factory workers on the assembly line as to the specifications of the car they were building.

Since acquisition by the current owner, the New Yorker was subject to an over $10,000 engine rebuild a few years ago and a general servicing and detailing prior to the auction to ensure many happy miles for the future owner. With known history since new, a mountain of wonderfully presented documentation since it left the factory, and a factory-correct restoration that is now mellowing to where it is both comfortable to show or drive.

Footnotes

  • This Chrysler is titled under its engine number.

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