In just looking at the 1953 edition of the Chrysler New Yorker, there were several important features that change the overall look of the car.
In terms of size, the weight of the car was lessened by about five percent, which accounts for the less bulky appearance and lighter feel. The length was reduced to 211 inches, and the wheelbase was reduced by 6 inches to be the same length as the Windsor. This made all of the difference in comparison to previous models and similar competitors and helped to slim the overall look of the car.
The options list for the Chrysler New Yorker that was released in 1953 boasted new features, including Airtemp air conditioning and windows. It also had new features available for an extra-cost point such as Kelsey wire wheels and resplendent in chrome which were listed for a pricey $300. Thus, in 1953 the Chrysler New Yorker had the option for most of the same features that the cars we have today come with.
In comparison to other cars that were popular at the time, the New Yorker fell behind in horsepower and styling. The Chrysler’s famous V-8 engine had less horsepower than other leading competitors, ranging between 8 and 30 units of horsepower lower than other popular cars released in the same year. When you look at other vehicles released at the same time, all of the styles of cars released by Chrysler was outdated and leaned more towards the 1940s model cars.
At $4,025, the convertible version of the 1953 Chrysler car, was the most expensive edition, with only 950 units built. Very few people were ever able to purchase the DeLuxe convertible, and even today this vehicle is something to dream about and wish you had the chance to own one of those 950 created.