February 12, 2012

Once You Have Black: OG 1964 Chrysler New Yorker Wagon

OH MAN, AM I GOING ABOUT THIS ALL WRONG?

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I mean, Friday morning, literally within minutes of finding a great-looking 2006 Scion xB, practically unused-- a parking garage find, if you will--DT reader and senior wagon correspondent jjdaddy-o sends me this craigslist ad from Menlo Park.

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I rubbed my eyes in disbelief. I checked the Greek MOPAR chorus at bringatrailer.com to see if it was real. But it hadn't even turned up there yet.

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I tried to figure out how I might go about changing my life, and my family's life, in order to be worthy of this car.

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And then finally, it did show up on BaT, and it was not just me. 98 comments of such universal awesomeness and praise, I've never seen such a response.

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A 1964 Chrysler New Yorker wagon, 109,000 documented miles, being sold by the original owner, who has kept it in utterly amazing original condition, from the unibody construction as solid as a battleship, to the carpets clean enough to eat off of. [OK, that might be a little gross, but still.] Pillarless window, third row seat, icy A/C, that headliner! That roofrack! Just incredible from stem to stern. And asking only $25,000. Those nameplates alone are worth that much.

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I have decided that the absence of seat belts is going to be my feeble rationale for not buying it. What your excuse is, I really have no idea.

One owner 1964 Chrysler Wagon, $25,000 [sfbay.craigslist.org via dt wagon tormentor in chief, jjdaddy-o]
1-owner survivor: 1964 Chrysler New Yorker wagon [bringatrailer.com]

1 Comment

A friendly reminder that there was an era in our history when station wagons were the coolest thing around. Beautiful.

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