Unearthed

Unearthed: 1969 Chrysler Newport

Only America could produce something as large and fuel thirsty as this 1969 Chrysler Newport. Therefore we love it.

Only in America were there once cars built larger than the average sized boat or elephant. No other country in the world had the audacity to display its penchant for the open road and large cars like America did beginning back in the 1950s. The Chrysler Newport was one of those. Originally a 1940 show car and then a 1950 2-door body style, the Newport name was revived again in 1961 and was in production until 1981. It's a perfect example of a land yacht at its finest.

During its 20 year run, the car was considered to be Chrysler's full-size entry-level model and was available as a 2-door coupe or convertible, 4-door sedan, 4-door hardtop, and even a station wagon. The second generation came out in 1965 and was based on an updated platform that was shared with the New Yorker, Dodge Polara, and the Plymouth Fury. By 1969, the third generation debuted with the unique "Fuselage Styling" and the station wagon option was dropped. And even to this day cars of this era haven't lost their popularity. The owner of this featured '69 Newport went about doing a complete cleanup job, as a restoration was not necessary.

As we can see from these pictures, the car arrived in good condition considering it already had two previous owners. The new owner began by sandblasting and painting numerous components, including the engine. Remarkably, the original interior was already in near perfect condition. The seats look fantastic along with the condition of the dash and gauges. Even the trunk is all original and the owner still has the original hub caps. And as we continue in this new century, there's no chance that automakers will once again build something like this ridiculously huge coupe. It's a priceless American gem.

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