Car of the Week: 1950 Chrysler New Yorker – Old Cars Weekly

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There isn’t doubt about which bill was the best one Wilson ever spent.

Back in the now-retired minister from Md. had been visiting an elderly when opportunity knocked Actually, it knocked several

“I had been visiting him at home, and he saying, ‘I’ve gotta a home for my old car.’ Well, I think much about it, but after about the sixth I said, ‘George, what of car do you have?’ So, we went out and looked at it, and was this Chrysler [a 1950 New sedan] all covered with The tires were flat and I said, ‘Does it run?’ He ‘It did six years ago when I parked

“I said, ‘Well, George, tell you what, if we can get together on a I’ll buy it,’ because it like the kind of car I’d like to own and Then he told me the price was He just wanted the car to have a home.

Well, it didn’t take me to write the check.

“I promised him I’d the car a good home, and I’ve tried to keep that

Forty years later, the black Chrysler is still strong. Fittingly, the car now belongs to Tim Wilson’s son, who actually was the one who put of the 80,000-plus miles on the car’s Tim drove the car throughout his high days, and last year the car to his home near Wilksboro, Pa. he was given the title.

“It was my first I guess I was 17 at the time,” Tim recalled. “I had thick, long hair, and I drive this beautiful black Chrysler to school and We’d get to school and a couple of guys and girls would get out of the car day!

And I played in a rock back then, so I’d drive the car to and play. It was definitely my trademark.”

Tim cringes over the fender he suffered in the car not long after his dad it. “I got hit by a woman in a Plymouth Valiant,” he with a chuckle. “It happened about four blocks my house. I guess I hadn’t yet as a teenager that, even if you the right-of-way, don’t take the

The Chrysler suffered a broken in the mishap that required front-end cosmetic work and a Neither of the Shearers probably at the time that those minor collision repairs be the only significant fixes the big would need for the next decades. The hulking New Yorker has a fixture in the family garage since, and has been as reliable and as it is handsome.

“It’s in beautiful It really is,” noted “Inside, it’s really You can hardly find a car that old that pristine.

The headliner, everything is really just

“I knew it didn’t have many miles on it when we got it, but we got the dust and dirt off it from in a garage all those years, we know how nice it was. It like it had been babied, the … of [the previous wife, then he lost in driving it. Then he didn’t any kids or close relatives to it to.”

The two Shearers eventually put an NOS spotlight, Wilson found at the Hershey Meet, on the Chrysler. They added a sun visor [“I found it in a yard and the guy gave it to me!” noted], a pair of NOS fog lights, and belts in front.

“Mechanically just points and plugs. I this is the second water we’ve put on it,” Wilson “I took the carburetor off many ago and put it on my workbench and overhauled it myself. than that, I put some in the generator, but it’s still got the generator. I also overhauled the … The trunk still has the original tire and the trunk liner is The original oil is still in the transmission.

The was never off it and I never had any problems it. We always did the grease fittings on it, of — my land, I never saw a car with so

Not long ago Tim also fixed the which has helped the car’s 135-hp L head engine run and as good as ever.

The old eight-track tape player Tim had in the car is long gone. “Yeah, then it was almost irreverent to put an stereo in the thing, but we hid the speakers the seats.” he said. “We didn’t cut any in it.”

Tim and Wilson have to add about 30,000 miles to the odometer reading. A good of those miles came on when Tim was traveling back and to see his future wife during college years. On at least one the roomy New Yorker had to serve as a room. “That was during the oil and you could only get gas on even or odd Tim recalled. “Well, I got stuck home needing gas, and I wrapping up in Army blankets all and waiting to get gas in the morning.”

The 1950 year marked the end of the “straight era for the Chrysler lineup. The next the Hemi V-8 arrived. As the 1950s the New Yorker was still the top-of-the-line in the Chrysler lineup. The New Yorker featured all-wool carpeting and a selection of interior fabrics and

The Newport two-door hardtop debuted that year.

The New sedan rolled on a 131-5-inch and at 4,190 lbs. and 214 inches they were among the heavyweights on the American can landscape. The New came in six varieties for the model four-door sedan, two-door coupe, two-door convertible, hardtop Newport, four-door wagon, and two-door Town and You could also order a only.

The four-door sedans the most popular among the public, with 22,633 for the model year.

The options for the 1950 Chryslers was relatively and the Shearers’ car had only two add-ons: a and a heater. “That’s all,” Tim. “It’s pretty

These days, the Chrysler a place of prominence in Tim’s It is reserved for joy rides and short on nice days, and occasional morning trips to church. “It get out in bad weather, and I hand polish it to it nice,” he said. “When I it to church, it’s nice all of our senior friends come and reminisce when they see it, and always a highlight.

“It’s really smooth, and I pull up to a stop sign, that straight eight, you can tell it’s running. And of people don’t see big old shiny New Yorkers with lots of every day, so everywhere I everybody always comes up to It’s a great conversation

Ironically, Tim is now being scolded by his own son not to put too miles on his first car. every time I take it he’s says, ‘Do you have He’s so protective of it.

“He’s told me he wants it and he’s to keep it in the family.”


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