Harry Truman’s 1955 Chrysler New Yorker is for sale

A 1955 Chrysler New Yorker with a presidential pedigree is at the moment up for sale. The black sedan was Harry S. Truman’s each day driver soon after he remaining office, according to seller Vintage Automobile Shopping mall.

To start with spotted by Car or truck and Driver, the New Yorker signifies the first 12 months of the “Forward Glance” structure language that redefined Chrysler styling and was regarded as extremely influential at the time. The vendor promises the auto has been entirely restored within and out, and in images the black-and-chrome exterior and tan leather-based and fabric upholstery absolutely look new.

Nonetheless, the vendor notes that the auto isn’t really in functioning problem. In spite of staying “fully restored,” the quantities-matching 331-cubic-inch Hemi V-8 cranks but will not start off, in accordance to the listing. When managing, it drives the rear wheels via a 2-pace Powerflite computerized transmission.

Harry Truman's 1955 Chrysler New Yorker (photo via Classic Auto Mall)

Harry Truman’s 1955 Chrysler New Yorker (picture by using Common Automobile Shopping mall)

Truman was a loyal Chrysler client. As Car and Driver notes, he and his wife Bess established out on a 19-working day road journey in a diverse Chrysler New Yorker shortly just after Truman left place of work in 1953. Truman’s last auto was also a Chrysler. A 1972 Newport was bought about six months right before his dying, and survives these days in the garage of Truman’s Missouri household, now a museum.

Whilst this is undoubtedly no common New Yorker, the $83,500 inquiring value is still a massive leap from what equivalent non-presidential autos ordinarily sell for. For illustration, a non-jogging 1955 New Yorker two-door hardtop sold for just $7,700 on Bring a Trailer in 2020, Car and Driver pointed out.

U.S. presidents have experienced eclectic preferences in personal automobiles, ranging from Ronald Reagan’s Subaru BRAT to Joe Biden’s Chevrolet Corvette. But these cars are much more very likely to conclude up in museums than showrooms, so most likely the rareness of this chance will persuade anyone to pay back the Truman-owned Chrysler’s top quality cost.

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