A Class Of Its Own

Junkyard Gem: 1976 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham Hardtop Coupe

Even just after OPEC served see that low-cost oil would no for a longer time be a provided and notorious eco-fanatic Richard Nixon decreed a national fifty five mph velocity limit, a lot of Individuals continued to acquire massive coupes equipped with huge-displacement V8 engines and cubic yards of comfortable upholstery as the early Malaise Period ground on during the middle 1970s. In 1976, Ford made available the Lincoln Continental Mark IV, the Mercury Marquis Brougham, and the Thunderbird. The Common had as well a lot of this sort of cars and trucks to list below, such as the Buick Electra and Olds ninety eight Regency Coupe. Chrysler was proper there in the fight for Broughamic supremacy that year, with the New Yorker Brougham at the pretty leading of the company’s prestige ziggurat. Here is a raggedy-but-even now-opulent New Yorker Brougham Coupe, located in a Denver motor vehicle graveyard during the winter.

Just seem at that spacious Whorehouse Red™ inside and its pillow-topped Corinthian Leather-based split-bench electrical power seats! I admire this luxurious so significantly that my band in the late eighties recorded a hymn to the Chrysler New Yorker.

This motor vehicle appears to have the $598 (about $2,750 in 2020 dollars) St. Regis alternative group, which bundled a “boar-grain” padded vinyl roof and opera windows. A number of a long time later, Dodge made available a complete-sized design named the St. Regis.

The New Yorker Brougham was the most pricey design made available by Chrysler in 1976 (the Imperial went on hiatus for the 1976 via 1980 design a long time, only to return as a significantly a lot more modest motor vehicle). The buyer of this motor vehicle got rung up for at minimum $7,269 (about $33,520 just after inflation). 

Control weight wasn’t rather as large as this car’s imposing bulk may possibly suggest: four,752 lbs .. That’s a bit much less than a new Dodge Durango currently.

A junkyard shopper scored the motor, which would have been a 440-cubic-inch (7.2-liter) V8 rated at a startlingly very low 205 horsepower and all the torque in the earth (really, 320 lb-ft). Figures like that establish that we now dwell in the Golden Age of Automobile Engines even the base V6 in the present-day Charger will make 292 horsepower out of fifty percent the displacement of the 440.

Even in a motor vehicle this swanky, any variety of an audio program expense excess (distinction that to 2020, when even the humblest econoboxes have typical-products Bluetooth-ready rigs with a lot of speakers). A simple outdated one-speaker AM radio expense $ninety nine ($457), even though the leading-of-the-line AM/FM/eight-observe established ’76 New Yorker potential buyers again $375 ($1,730). This is the AM/FM stereo radio, which expense $197 ($908).

Not legal for sale in California.

It wouldn’t have taken significantly to continue to keep this non-rusty motor vehicle on the highway, but huge Malaise Period luxurious coupes just never have significantly of an fanatic subsequent.

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