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Issue 07:08:01 - August 06, 2007

The 1979 Chrysler New Yorker - Fifth Avenue Edition

The 1979 Chrysler New Yorker was unique in its class. There was not any other vehicle exactly the same as the New Yorker. The New Yorker Fifth Avenue Edition was considered to be the finest luxury automobile made by Chrysler. The 1979 body style lasted three years.

The New Yorker Fifth Avenue Edition was the result of the efforts and expertise of Chrysler's designers, engineers, and stylists. The motive was to make it the most exclusive and prestigious Chrysler a car buyer could own.

Interior features and accessories

The interior had thick cut-pile carpeting, luxurious supple leather and vinyl front seats and reclining passenger's seats with multiple positions. The 1979 model was streamlined from the 1978 version, yet it still had ample room to seat six people.

Standard interior included cloth and vinyl bench seats, which were available in five colors (Midnight Blue, Teal Green, Gray, Cashmere, and Red) featuring individually adjustable folding center armrests in both front and rear. The passenger seat had an adjustable recliner. The back seat had a spacious five feet of shoulder room, a fold-down center armrest, door assist handles and straps, color-keyed safety belts, and reading lamps offering the ultimate in seating comfort.

Accessible interior options also included a dual lighted vanity mirror on the passenger-side visor, a storage/litter compartment that could also hold personal items, an integral headlamp dimmer, front and rear cigarette lighters and ash receivers, dual horns, and a six position tilt-steering wheel.

Music options included three different search modes for AM, FM and FM stereo with an electronic search tuner or with an eight track tape player for personal listening enjoyment.

For visibility, an electrically-heated rear window defroster control was included on the control panel, and for 26 percent greater cooling capacity than the prior year, two systems were available, either manual air conditioning or semi-automatic temperature control. Six outlets provided faster cool-down and quieter performance.

Power options included power seats, door locks, sunroof, radio antenna and a trunk-lid release. Plus, it included other standard features such as a carpeted shelf panel, warning chimes for seat belt, ignition, and headlamps, digital clock, cloth covered rear window garnish molding, electronic ignition, hazard warning flashers, color keyed shag carpet, and a hood release and silence pad.

Engine and other features

The 1979 Chrysler New Yorker had a powerful 360-2 bbl. V-8 engine with a TorqueFlite automatic transmission, a 430 maintenance free Ampere battery and battery test indicator, a 65-Ampere standard alternator, and a 21-gallon fuel tank capacity. The suspension assured smooth travel due to the heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers. The New Yorker brake system included a disc drum on the front and power assistance on the rear. This was a dual braking system that included two separate brake fluid reservoirs in the master cylinder for both the front and rear brakes with a pressure loss warning light.

Aramid tire options included glass belted radial or steel belted radial P22570R15 or P20575R15. The New Yorker included stylized aluminum road wheels or optional 5th Avenue Edition wire wheel covers.

Other exterior features included front and rear bumper guards and rub strips, directional signals with lane change features, and tinted glass.

The Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue optional packages included the Light Package, the Basic Package, Two-Tone Package, and the Fifth Avenue Edition Package Exterior.

Light Package

The Light Package included a deck-lid ajar light, rear door courtesy and door ajar light, illuminated hood and parking brake release, low-battery light, engine temperature warning light, low fuel and washer fluid light, trunk light, glove compartment light, ashtray light, ignition time-delay light, and fender mounted turn indicator signals.

Basic Package

The Basic Package included all the features of the Light Package plus an AM/FM radio, standard size WSW tires, a remote outside right mirror, air conditioning, intermittent windshield wipers, vinyl body side molding, and undercoating.

Two-Tone Package

For ultimate style, the 1979 Chrysler New Yorker offered several two-tone color packages for the exterior that included numerous color options. The following color options were available: upper teal frost metallic, lower teal frost sunfire metallic with dark and light green stripes, upper frost blue metallic, lower ensign blue metallic with medium blue and blue stripes, upper regent red sunfire, lower garnet red sunfire metallic with gold and red stripes, upper dove gray, lower oxford gray with red and gray stripes, and upper designer's cream, lower designer's beige with medium beige stripes.

Fifth Avenue Edition Package

The Fifth Avenue Edition Package (exterior) included the unique Designer's Cream upper paint treatment with Designer's Beige lower paint treatment, Medium Beige accent stripes on hood center, and light beige Laredo grain padded vinyl landau roof. The package also included quarter window appliqué, roof moldings, front fender louver appliqués, color keyed bumper guards and rub strips, and a pent-a-star hood ornament. The trunk had 21.3 cubic feet of storage space and included a trunk lock cover.

The Fifth Avenue Package (interior) included champagne seats; garnish moldings, instrument panel crash pad, package shelf, headliner, and C pillar trim. It included light champagne leather 60/40-split bench seat and door trim panels, driftwood instrument panel appliqué, 20-ounce pile carpeting, pent-a-star steering wheel center, and leather wrapped tilt steering.


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