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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1978 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham

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Preserved 1978 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham for sale on From the seller’s description:

Ordered when new by Pettit Chrysler of Louisa, Virginia and not sold by Bill Pettit until 2001, this 1978 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham is believed to be the last C-Body sedan ever produced by the Jefferson Avenue plant. Bill’s father Claude drove the car as his demo for some years, following which time the car went into their large collection of classic and antique automobiles. Just prior to selling off the dealership, Bill sold this car to a fellow Chrysler dealer in Colorado, from whom I then acquired the car. Bill died in 2012 and I handled his estate along with Gooding & Company; while cleaning out his desk and papers I ran into paperwork on this car, but having nowhere to go with it at that time and having no knowledge about where the car was, that paperwork went into the circular file with quite a bit else. Chrysler Historical Services cannot confirm or deny that this is the final example of the C-Body convertible having no records from 1978, but this is supported by the 6-78 production date on the door sticker.

The car wears 100% of its original Black lacquer finish throughout. No chrome has been replated, nor has the interior been reupholstered or redyed. A collection of inspection tickets remains with the car documenting its mileage from July of 1978 through 2001. A collection of dealer plates from Pettit Chrysler also goes with the car, these were the tags this car wore for most of its time while with the Pettits. The car retains its original 440cid engine, 727 transmission and all of its original equipment, all of which works, to include air conditioning, power seats, mirrors, locks and windows. It drives phenomenally well and represents the last of the big Chryslers that were Imperial in all but name.

A collection of new old stock replacement parts as well as a collection of early 1970s Chrysler engine parts as well as some aftermarket replacements are also available with the car if desired to convert away from the Electronic Lean Burn and other emissions control systems that strangled horsepower and torque when this car was new. Currently, the car does not need any of these items, but would certainly benefit from them if that was your inclination.

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Augusta, Georgia
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