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1956 chrysler new yorker Flickr: Greg Gjerdingen
Flickr: Greg Gjerdingen

Originally brought to market as the Chrysler New Yorker Special in 1938, the Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis solidified Chrysler as a quality automaker. The quality of this Chrysler was a cut above brands like Ford and Dodge that made similar body style coupes. The New Yorker was so successful that it became America’s longest continuously used nameplate. The automatic transmission classic car has made an impact in New York as well as cities across the country. The New Yorker even came in a four-door sedan called the Town & Country. The Chrysler New Yorker was second only to the Chrysler Imperial for the famed carmaker.

Power and Style: The 1956 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis

The 1956 model was significantly impactful. It included a mesh grille, pushbutton Powerflite two-speed automatic transmission, and a firepower Hemi V8 with 280 horsepower. Chrysler called this model year the “PowerStyle,” because of its unique aesthetic and mighty Hemi engine. The two-door hardtop St. Regis was one of the most stylish and powerful Chrysler models, competing with other Chryslers such as the Newport, Plymouth, and Saratoga. The two-tone color, unique body styling, rear fenders, and taillights were the brainchild of Virgil Exner.

The ’56 New Yorker St. Regis featured a luxurious interior with leather upholstery. The wheelbase was a wide 126 inches. It included a push-button dash control. The push-button control console was located to the far left of the steering wheel. It also had power steering and a deluxe steering wheel.

The large taillights and back fenders were the ’56 New Yorker St. Regis’ signature features. It is said that Virgil Exner designed the car after a rocket. The ’56 St. Regis is the quintessential late ’50s classic. It looks like something grandpa may have pulled up to the local drive-in or diner with in his heyday.

Chrysler enjoyed an era of dominance in the auto industry, creating some of the most iconic vehicles of certain time periods. The ’56 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis is one of those rare iconic vehicles that perfectly captured the zeitgeist of a time period with its unique design. Exner and the team behind this vehicle strove to create the pinnacle of luxury, comfort, and style during the late ’50s, and it’s safe to say that the St. Regis was a mission accomplished.

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