LIMA — The Chrysler New Yorker is an automobile produced by Chrysler Corporation from 1940 to 1996. It served as the brand’s flagship model for several years. A trim level named the “New York Special” first appeared in 1938 and the “New Yorker” name debuted in 1939. Until its discontinuation in 1996, the New Yorker had made its mark as the longest running American car nameplate. The New Yorker name helped define the Chrysler brand as a maker of upscale models priced and equipped above mainstream brands like Ford, Chevrolet/Pontiac, and Dodge/Plymouth, but below full luxury brands like Cadillac, Lincoln and Packard. During the New Yorker’s tenure, it competed against upper level models from Buick, Oldsmobile and Mercury. From 1976 to 1978 all New Yorkers were correctly referred to as New Yorker Broughams. The styling of this car was carried over from the discontinued 1975 Imperial. This change gave the New Yorker Brougham the waterfall grille and other styling cues that had been designed for the 1974 - 1975 Imperial. This made the New Yorker the flagship of Chrysler Corporation’s lineup for the very first time, but not the last. 1978 would be the last year Chrysler would offer a big block V8 in a passenger car.
Daniel Simmons, of Lima, brought his 1978 Chrysler New Yorker to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned this car for 10 years.