Automobile production resumed in late 1945 following the end of World War II. The cars that were produced during those first few years were basically updated, slightly modified, versions of the 1942 cars. It would be several years before most automakers introduced a new product.
Production of the New Yorker began in January of 1946 and was Chrysler's top-of-the-range model. It was offered in a variety of bodystyles including coupes, sedans, and convertibles - including the wood-clad Town & Country. The New Yorker was reasonably priced, beginning at $1,825 for the three-passenger coupe up to $2,725 for the Town & Country convertible coupe.
The New Yorker was equipped with an independent front suspension and a solid axle in the rear. Hydraulic drums provided the stopping power and the 323.5 cubic-inch L-head straight-eight providing the 'going' power. The engine offered 135 horsepower and ample torque to move the 4,100 pound New Yorker Convertible.
The New Yorkers were attractive vehicles with a two-piece windshield, Art Deco-inspired dashboard, and a long hood and front fenders.By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009