Feature Vehicle of the Month
1956 Chrysler New Yorker Sedan
Chrysler’s “New Yorker” nameplate first appeared in 1939 and was used up to 1996. The 1955 –1956 models are similarly styled New Yorkers. The 1957 New Yorker models featured 4 headlights.
The 354 cubic inch (5.8 liter) “Chrysler FirePower” V–8 engine with single 4 barrel Carter carburetor and hydraulic lifters is rated at 280 horsepower at 4,600 rpms with 380 ft./lbs. torque at 2,800 rpms. Chrysler’s first Hemi was a 331 cubic inch version (1951–1955). In 1956 a larger “354 Hemi” version was introduced. In 1957 the “392 Hemi” was released. This engine starts right up and easily settles into a comfortable idle.
The spacious front bench seat is covered in fabric and is very comfortable. The dash has an aircraft feel to it with large round gauges and chrome levers/knobs. This car features an automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes.
Both front and rear bumpers are made up of 3 pieces. A reported total of 24,749 sedans were made in 1956. Original base price was $3,402. The tires on this car are modern 235/75–15 radial tires. Wheelbase is 126 inches. The car weighs around 4,110 pounds.
A close-up of the “Push-button PowerFlite” automatic transmission selector on the left side of the dash. You can select 2 forward speeds, neutral and reverse. “Park” is achieved with the neutral button depressed with the parking brake engaged.
Next Club Meeting...
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
Next Club Activity
October 24, 2015 (Sunday)