Lot 221 - 1966 Chrysler Newport
|Odometer reading||60,050 km|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £13,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,200|
The Newport was the name used by the Chrysler division of the Chrysler Corporation for both a hardtop body and for its lowest priced models between 1961 and 1981. The 1965 Newport was built on an all-new Chrysler C platform. Shared with the 300 and New Yorker, the styling mimicked the square lines of the Lincoln Continental and the 1964 Imperial. The standard engine offering was a 6.3 litre, V8 with two-barrel carburettor and 270bhp. Optionally available at extra cost was the 383 with four-barrel carburetion and 315bhp. Standard transmission was a three-speed column shifted manual and optionally available was the three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission. Interiors featured padded instrument panels, full carpeting and choices of cloth-and-vinyl or all-vinyl standard bench or notchback bench seats with armrest. The 1966 Newport received new grill work and revised taillights but was otherwise changed very little from 1965; with the 270bhp, 6.3 litre, two-barrel continuing as standard.
This example has spent most of its life under single family ownership, garaged in Arizona and looks as splendid today as it must have when bought new in 1966 with its gleaming black coachwork, contrasting blood red interior and fantastic chrome highlights. The current owner resides in the UK but often holidays in the States and, rather than pay for a modern hire car, decided to buy a true American classic. The car was thus driven from its purchase in Arizona, across the Mojave Desert to his holiday destination with friends in Palm Springs. Driving across the desert in 42° centigrade is not for the faint hearted and rather ambitious in a newly purchased classic car but the Newport didn't skip a beat and with the air conditioning operating as you would hope, the pillar-less coupé provided as comfortable a journey as could be hoped for . . . even returning near 18mpg!
Having covered a mere 60,000 miles since new and offered with recent import and receipts (including original titles), V5 Registration document, operating instructions handbook, registration certificates proving mileage and even the original cheque used to purchase the car, this is a rare American car with a genuine history to back up its claims. With powered brakes and steering, a new MoT test certificate until spring 2016 and such an attractive estimate, this is an outstanding example of classic 60s American style.
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