For 50 straight years—from 1946 to 1996—the Chrysler New Yorker continued to roll off assembly lines, making it one of the longest-running nameplates in automotive history.
But that’s not the New Yorker’s only claim to history. Early versions of this car, including model year 1954 (pictured), helped inspire the slightly more luxurious and powerful Chrysler 300 “letter cars” that came to market in 1955 with the now-famous C-300.
In model years subsequent to 1954, legendary car designer Virgil Exner would lower the roofline of the New Yorker and make refinements in other areas of styling. Nonetheless, the pre-Exner 1954 New Yorker stands up well for its time, and not just because of styling—the DeLuxe version of the vehicle could boast a HEMI® V8 engine and 235 horsepower, a number that far outpaced the competition.
Here are the vehicle specs for this 1954 Chrysler New Yorker convertible, which was on display at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum until the facility closed in late 2012.
- Wheelbase: 125.5 in.
- Length: 215.63 in.
- Weight: 4,275 lbs.
- Engine: Overhead valve “Firepower” V-8, hemispherical head
- Horsepower: 235
- Displacement: 331 cubic in. (5.4L)
- Bore/Stroke: 3.812 in. x 3.625 in.
- Compression ratio: 7.5:1
- Transmission: PowerFlite two-speed automatic
- Suspension: Front coil springs, real longitudinal leaf springs
- Brakes: Front and rear drum, hydraulic, power assist
- Base price: $3,650
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