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Pick of the Day: 1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis

A luxury car befit for the St. Regis

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Owned by Marriott International, the St. Regis chain of luxury hotels first started in 1904 in New York City. One amenity that set the brand apart from other properties was a telephone installed in every guest room. During that era, having a phone in each room was a very big deal. Similarly, the St. Regis name was applied to upscale vehicles in Chrysler’s lineup that conveyed the ultimate in luxury.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. (Click the link to view the listing)

1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis
1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis

“This St. Regis hardtop coupe was purchased from an estate sale in California where it only accumulated 14,000 miles and was last registered in 1979 until its 2021 body-on restoration,” the listing states. The seller doesn’t specify where the car spent over four decades, but the restoration work was reportedly detail-oriented and applied the proper color schemes both inside and out.

1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis
1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis

The New Yorker model was first brought to life as Chrysler’s flagship in 1940 and was the brand’s contender in the upscale segment, targeting competition from Buick and Mercury. The St. Regis name was used exclusively for hardtops with two-tone paint, and there were nine available paint schemes.

1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis
1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis

The listing talks about an automobile designer named Virgil Exner. Exner’s first design work was for General Motors, where he worked on Pontiac styling before the age of 30. By the late 1940s, he had transitioned to Chrysler and became known for his love of tailfins as a key element in “Forward Look” design language. Aside from aerodynamic benefits, Exner used fins as visual elements. The futuristic styling led to some late-1950s Chryslers being marketed under the tagline “Suddenly, it’s 1960!”

331cid Hemi FirePower V8
331cid Hemi FirePower V8

This New Yorker clearly benefits from Exner’s artistic touch to the rear end where it has very prominent vertical taillamps capped by chrome accents. At the other end of the car, the hood houses a 331cid Hemi FirePower V8 connected to a PowerFlite automatic transmission. The car is said to “drive effortlessly” according to the seller, and it stops via power-assisted four-wheel drum brakes.

“Amazing attention to detail throughout the restoration to include period-correct cloth-braided wiring. You will not find a better example,” the seller says.

1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis
1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis

As for Exner, he passed away 49 years ago at age 64 from heart failure, but his legacy lives on in the form of well-preserved Chryslers like this from the peak chrome and tailfin era.

The seller is asking $42,500 or best offer for this classy low-mileage New Yorker. It will look right at home in the valet parking lot at any St. Regis hotel.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.

3 COMMENTS

  1. My father had a 1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis, in white and black with a blue and white interior. It was a beautiful car then and it still is !!!

    • Navin….if you follow the instructions that indicate going to “Pick of the day” for more info, you’ll clearly see in the photos listed there that the windows are manul crank type, NO A/C compressor is visable in the motor bay photos. As far as any other “options” for this particular model I’m sure some of the additional photos will be of help.

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