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30 July 2016

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Lot 170

1962 Chrysler New Yorker Sedan

  • Chassis no. 8323156802

Sold for $17,600


340 bhp, 413 cu. in. OHV Golden Lion V-8 engine, three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, torsion bar front suspension, and four-wheel power-assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126 in.

  • An original survivor with just 26,593 miles from new
  • Original window sticker included
  • Powerful 413 “Wedge” V-8 and Chrysler TorqueFlite automatic transmission
  • An exceptionally well-maintained and preserved example


Chrysler, the manufacturer that exploited the tail fin most blatantly during the Fifties, was suddenly without them for 1962. While the new models used the same grille as the previous year, one look at the rear of the car identified them as new models. The rear fenders were shaved off smooth with the rear deck lid level, which was slightly raised. Taillamps were placed in the fender ends starting on the top of the fender and wrapping down the edge to a vertical stem on the back of the fender. That year was also the final one that New Yorkers were built on a longer wheelbase and the first year that two-door coupes were eliminated from the lineup.

Available as either a four-door sedan or hardtop, along with two- and three-seat Town & Country wagons, the New Yorker was Chrysler’s top-of-the-line. New Yorkers rode an exclusive 126-inch wheelbase, four inches longer than other Chrysler models. The model was easily identified by 10 bright bars on the trailing edge of the rear fenders along with the New Yorker script on the front fenders. Standard was a big 340-horsepower, 413-cubic inch “Wedge” V-8, and three-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, along with power steering, power brakes, and electric clock. Total production was 20,223 units, including 12,056 sedans, like this example.

With just 26,593 miles from new, this New Yorker sedan is a spectacular survivor among cars not typically seen of the era. It remains in remarkable unrestored, preserved, original condition. Wearing its original black paint, the body is straight and free from corrosion and accident damage. Chrome bumpers, grille, and exterior trim are complete, excellent, and very straight. The “Jet Age” interior is lavish with brightwork, including the obligatory Chrysler push-button TorqueFlite controls and signature Lucite steering wheel. The tidy interior is trimmed in red vinyl trim with matching jacquard inserts, black padded dash, and original black carpets; all of which remain in wonderful condition. There is even a special mirror on the sun visor where one can jot notes—possibly for that upcoming important business meeting. All electrical items are functioning and a period spare tire, along with original jack and instructions, are included inside the cavernous trunk.

Underhood, the Golden Lion V-8 is well-maintained. Like the car, it remains original and unrestored. It comes complete with its original window sticker, which indicates optional equipment such as a power antenna, tissue dispenser, rear window defogger, Golden Tone radio, and right side rear view mirror. The consigner describes it as “strong-running and tight; a fantastic driving automobile that feels just like one would expect of a genuine 26,000-mile car.”

This is, without question, a car that was both cherished and exceptionally well-maintained during its 53 years.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more