CarStory Submitted By: Randy of Fairfield, Ca
Model: New Yorker Newport
Tell Us A Little More About Your Car: My 1953 Chrysler New Yorker Newport has been in the family for over 60 years. My father originally purchased the car in 1955 from a Pennsylvania dealership and in 1970, I was fortunate enough to purchase it from him. My fondest memory, as a child, was riding around in the backseat on weekend family outings to Dairy Queen. When I was 16, I took my driving test in the car and, on my high school graduation day, I took a photo next to it in my cap and gown. My brother even went on his first date with his wife in the car and took the car to prom. When I was 17, I went to the Air Force and the car was stored in my parent’s barn. My dream was to restore the vehicle with my father, but sadly, he was diagnosed with cancer. The father-son restoration had to be modified and the car was then shipped to my home in Fairfield, California where I spent the next 10 years restoring the car to its original condition in my garage.
The restoration began, in the midst of that restoration, I discovered the original tag from the firewall indicating that the car’s original color was pearl gray with a black top. Growing up I had never known this and always believed the car was Hollywood Maroon, due to the first owner having the car painted. I completed the restoration on my own with assistance from a local paint shop, interior shop, (seats only), and a chrome specialist. 10 long, but fun, years later, I introduced the Chrysler to her first car show, The Fiesta Days Car Show in Vacaville, California, I was so surprised every “car guy and gal” were fascinated with the vehicle and couldn’t believe that I never thought this would ever be a “true” car show or Concours type vehicle. They all gave me the support and inspiration to apply to those types of shows.
My first award was in 2005 in a local show in Vacaville. Since then, the car has won an award at every show including several Best in Shows. One of my proudest moments was receiving the 2015 John C. Kerby-Miller American Excellence Award in Carmel, and am still hopeful for future honors. The car was also shown on the television show My Classic Car with Dennis Gage, when he toured the Napa Main Street Reunion show.
There were only 3,715 built of this model and 82 of those 3,715 were sent overseas. Only a handful are left in this country and even fewer registered. The car comes with the first HEMI, the 331 c.i. V8 and produced 180 hp. In 1953 Chrysler took their production into a sleeker, more stylish look, with wheel fenders integrated into the body reduced wheelbase, a one-piece curved wheel, and an inch and half off the hardtop, full-time power steering.