AUCTION: 1956 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible

354/280 HP V8, 1 of 921 Produced, AACA Grand National Senior...

Certain vehicles transcend mere transportation, becoming emblematic of an era’s opulence, performance, and aspiration. The 1956 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible is undoubtedly one such masterpiece, embodying the pinnacle of luxury, design, and innovation. This remarkable automobile, part of the distinguished Doug and Christine Dressler Collection, is poised to grace the grand stage of the Mecum Monterey auction on August 18th, 2023. With its impeccable lineage, breathtaking aesthetics, and an estimated value ranging from $200,000 to $220,000, this New Yorker Convertible promises to captivate collectors and enthusiasts alike.

1956 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible. (Mecum).

Transport yourself back to the golden age of automobiles, where elegance and power converged to create works of rolling art. The 1956 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible emerges as a paragon of this era, a rare gem that harkens to a time when craftsmanship reigned supreme. Cloaked in a resplendent two-tone Cloud White and Stardust Blue finish, this vehicle exudes an air of regal sophistication that turns heads and stirs hearts.

Beneath the hood, the New Yorker Convertible conceals a potent 280-horsepower 354 cubic-inch Firepower HEMI® V8 engine, a powerhouse that has been meticulously rebuilt to ensure its pristine performance. A 4-barrel carburetor feeds the engine’s hunger for fuel, while a Powerflite automatic transmission, controlled by dash-mounted pushbuttons, seamlessly translates power into motion. The result is a driving experience that effortlessly combines grace and strength.

1956 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible. (Mecum).

Step inside the cabin, and you’ll be enveloped in an atmosphere of lavish comfort and beauty. The two-tone blue interior, adorned with supple leather upholstery, offers a sanctuary of refinement and relaxation. The litany of standard amenities is simply astonishing for its time: power windows, a power front seat, dual clocks (both on the steering wheel and in-dash), and a foot-button-operated signal-seeking AM radio transport occupants into a realm of automotive luxury. Adding a touch of musical nostalgia, the optional Highway Hi-Fi 16 2/3 RPM record player serves as a charming reminder of yesteryears’ innovations.

The New Yorker Convertible is not merely about style; it exemplifies the fusion of aesthetics and convenience. Power steering and power brakes ensure that every maneuver is executed with finesse, making every drive a seamless symphony of control. Dual side-view mirrors provide enhanced visibility, while a power antenna, dual exhausts with correct tips, and replated chrome trim enhance its visual allure.

1956 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible. (Mecum).

This exceptional New Yorker Convertible, meticulously cared for, boasts an illustrious history. Earning the prestigious AACA Grand National Senior Award further underscores its pedigree and authenticity. Additionally, it has graced the cover and centerfold of Classic Car Magazine, a testament to its timeless appeal and enduring charm.

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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I love American cars from the late 50s, 60s and even some from the 70s. The attention to the design details are exact. It's very easy to see where the money went to create these "rolling pieces of art. To me the taillights are magnificent. They show so much attitude that reflects confidence, strength and power that never needs to be challenged. Chrysler Corporation was always able represent its cars that are unmistakable Chrysler. My dad had a 1955 Desoto. It was a 2 door and had great looking lines. Even with the two tone paint of black and coral, with red black and white interior that was hideous, it still had that Chrysler attitude.

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