Jet Age Station Wagons: 1959 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country Station Wagon

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This was an expensive car back in 1959, more than $5,000, the equivalent of about about $40,000 today. The New Yorker was Chrysler’s most expensive wagon and the Town & Country trim line made it even more expensive. If you were an affluent family looking for a wagon, this would have been on your short list. Luxurious enough that Consumer Reports questioned whether it’s fancy upholstery was up to the utility needs of a station wagon, this car came with dual air conditioning, air ride suspension, “Auto Pilot” – Chrysler’s early attempt at cruise control, and the height of automotive technology in the late 1950s, auto dimming headlights. The ’59 New Yorker shows just how well Virgil Exner’s Forward Look works with a wagon style body. Unlike the better known ’57 Chevy wagons, whose tail fins point away from the slope of the tailgate, the Forward Look’s forward slanting fins are echoed in the rake of the New Yorker’s rear end.

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