1970s Cars – Chrysler

1970

Welcome to 1970s Cars – Chrysler

1970 Chrysler 300 Convertible

Few of these were sold, bucket seats were standard with a floor shifter for the automatic transmission

A 1970 Chrysler 300-H

300-H –  came with a Hurst shifter, fiberglass hood with scoop and a 375hp big block engine

Cost: $4,824.00


1970 Imperial

new for ’70 was the grill, side lights and wheel covers. This Crown model was the least expensive

Cost: $5,779.00

1971

1971 Chrysler Newport

Sticking with full sized cars this base line Royal came with an enlarged V-8 and sold well

1971 Town & Country Wagon

A little shorter than other Chryslers this wagon could be ordered with either 2 or 3 rows of seating and weighed over 4500 lbs.

Cost: $5,000.00

1971 Imperial LeBaron

Crown was dropped leaving only the LeBaron models, anti-lock brakes were offered for the first time, the two-door coupe sold for $6,632.00

1972

1972 Chrysler Newport

at the bottom end of pricing this entry level four door was a best seller at
$4051-$4435.00

1972 Chrysler New Yorker

The Brougham was the top of the line and came with a 440 cid block which had reduced horsepower this year.

Cost: $5,350.00

1972 Imperial LeBaron

Never a sales match for Cadillac or Lincoln, Chrysler still hung on to the line even though only 9100 were sold this year.

1973

1973 Chrysler Newport

With emission standards getting tighter the trend was to reduce horsepower in all their models so this Custom trim model had the 440cid engine but only 215 horsepower

1973 Chrysler New Yorker

This ‘Mariner’ edition only came in this aqua blue with blue/white upholstery and little round port holes in the rear pillar selling for around

Cost: $4,500.00

1973 Chrysler Imperial

This would be the LeBaron’s last season for this 1969 body style, it two saw it’s big engine shrink in horses to only 215hp

1973 Imperial

This pic was from a Chrysler Imperial magazine ad

 

 

 

 

 

1973 Chyrsler Newport

With emission standards getting tighter the trend was to reduce horsepower in all their models so this Custom trim model had the 440cid engine but only 215 horsepower

 

 

 

 

1973 Chrysler New Yorker

This ‘Mariner’ edition only came in this aqua blue with blue/white upholstery and little round port holes in the rear pillar

Cost $4500.

1974

 

 

 

 

1974 Chrysler Newport

The big car line got shorter this year and lost some of that luxury feel

Cost $4677. (base model)

 

 

 

1974 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham

The top of the line Brougham model was priced almost  $600. more than the 1973 same model. This and a energy crises hit Chryslers sales hard.

Cost: $6063.

 

 

 

 

 

1974 Imperial LeBaron

Receiving a makeover didn’t help sales of the luxury car which saw a price increase over last year of $750.00.

Cost: $7804. (mid-line)

 

 

 

 

1974 Chyrsler Imperial (rear view)

1975

 

 

 

 

1975 Chrysler Cordoba

Desperate for a smaller car in the market the Cordoba was hailed as a personal luxury coupe, this was the smallest Chrysler since World War II.

Cost: $5072. (base)

 

 

 

1975 Chrysler Newport

Now sat on the same size frame as the New Yorker

 

 

 

 

 

1975 Chrysler New Yorker

Bucking the trend for simpler and smaller they made this model even more plush (and expensive) with leather, velour or brocade interiors

 

 

 

1975 Imperial

This was the last year for Imperials, but the body style would become a New Yorker Brougham for ’76.

Cost: over $8000. (LeBaron model)

1976

 

 

 

 

1976 Chrysler Cordoba

With the help of Ricardo Montalban and the “rich Corinthian leather” Cordoba sales soared

 

 

 

1976 Chrysler Cordoba (rear view)

 

 

 

 

1976 Chrysler New Yorker Broughman

Still a full sized car in a market that shunned large cars, sales dipped again

1977

 

 

 

1977 Chrysler Newport

Received a facelift and some luxury features were now available on base models.

 

 

 

1977 Chrysler New Yorker

With Imperial gone this became the top of Chrysler line, it’s big V-8 was now called a lean burn V-8 to reduce emissions.

 

 

 

 

1977 Chrysler Cordoba

The new T-top was a $605.00 option, also available was a padded elk grain vinyl roof or the standard vinyl roof.

 

 

 

 

1977 Chrysler LeBaron

Rolled out midyear, aimed at a “mature” audience, it sold well.

1978

 

 

 

 

1978 Chrysler Cordoba

Gets a new front end design and now offers a sunroof, sales are so good Chrysler resists the move to downsize

 

 

 

1978 LeBaron

The Medallion (shown) was the top LeBaron but a budget priced “S” model sold better.

 

 

 

 

1978 Chyrsler New Yorker Brougham

The Brougham came in a St. Regis model with padded roof and opera rear viewing windows for an additional $650.00

 

 

 

1978 New Yorker (rear view)

They were still full sized in an era of downsizing however next year would see the New Yorker shrink a little.

1979

 

 

 

1979 Chrysler Cordoba

No more big engines, the heftiest V-8 for Cordoba was a 360-cid.

Cost: $6337.

 

 

 

 

1979 Chrysler 300 Coupe

Yes it was a Cordoba, launched at mid year it had it’s own style elements with a new grill, standard bucket seats, a 195hp engine, it cost $1700.00 more than a Cordoba.

Cost: $8025.

 

 

 

 

 

1979 Chrysler Le Baron

The Medallion series was still the best Le Baron but now you could get it with a six cylinder

 

 

 

 

1979 Chrysler New Yorker

Almost 10 inches shorter it did get rear vent windows right next to the non-moving opera windows.

 

 

 

 

New Yorker Fifth Avenue

This edition came with a Loredo grain vinyl roof and some interior woodgrain.

 

 

 

1979 Chrysler Newport

Had a newly designed grill and exposed headlights to differentiate it from the downsized New Yorker the other difference was its considerably lower priced.

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