Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1961 Chrysler Town & Country Restomod… Lustworthy or Not?

1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town Country Wagon 300 Resto Mod  eBay - Google Chrome 542014 50455 PM.bmp I spend way too much time cruising the pages of eBay Motors looking for, well all kinds of interesting vehicles. Among things I look for include Corvairs, Fusalage Edition Chryslers, Full Size Sport Utilities, and of course, Station Wagons. This particular Wagon caught my eye recently, and it is rather bold and brash, like nothing you’ve seem in a while. I usually hate Restomods, but what about you? 1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town Country Wagon 300 Resto Mod  eBay - Google Chrome 542014 50428 PM.bmp This is a 1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country wagon that has been transformed into a Chrysler 300… of which none were ever built. According to the listing:

This 1961 Chrysler New Yorker nine-passenger hardtop Town & Country has been transformed into the Chrysler 300 letter car station wagon that Chrysler never built. This Resto-Mod has been done with the same luxury, style and power of the original letter cars but with the utility and beauty of a Town & Country wagon. 1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town Country Wagon 300 Resto Mod  eBay - Google Chrome 542014 50519 PM.bmp This vehicle was found Southern California many years ago and then the fun started. It was and still is a rust free original black plate California wagon. The original black plates go with the car. Engine: 1967 seasoned Imperial 440 block (Imperials are known to have excellent quality controlled blocks versus other Chrysler product blocks) bored .030 over W/ TRW forged pistons, forged crank, 906 heads W/ S.S. 1.88/2.14 valves and hardened seats through out. Mopar performance cam and the entire system was balanced when assembled. The exhaust is custom bent 2 1/2 ” stainless steel from the 1964 300K cast iron headers on through the reverse flow Flowmaster S.S. mufflers and out through the S.S. 1970 custom Road Runner tips. 1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town Country Wagon 300 Resto Mod  eBay - Google Chrome 542014 50529 PM.bmp Transmission: 1962 aluminum 727 TorqueFlite rebuilt to 300 letter car specs with a 1965 tail shaft, intentionally changed to remove the original parking brake and re-locate the later factory parking system to the rear brake drums. Aluminum B+M transmission pan installed that has been modified for depth. Custom balanced drive shaft installed. Rear: 1970 8 3/4″ center section with a 276 open rear gear and 11″ X 2 1/2″ drum brakes 1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town Country Wagon 300 Resto Mod  eBay - Google Chrome 542014 50616 PM.bmp The entire body has been completely taken down to white metal in and out to insure that it was and still is rust free. Then after the very few imperfections, dents and dings in the body were professionally massaged away, a mixture of Dodge Viper green and Chrysler Black were applied, clear coated, and polished to the brilliance you see. The 300 side spears and the wheels are the only exterior changes noticeable. The body is as it came from the factory with zero modifications. All exterior stainless steel and bright metal has been straightened and re-plated professionally. The power braking system has been upgraded to dual master cylinder, front Disk brakes and 11 X 2 ½ inch drums with an up-dated rear axle and 276 open center section. Wheels have been up-graded to 15″ factory aluminum “Snow Flakes”. There have been access panels installed in the inner fenders as the factory would have done it for making proper room and access to the cross rams and spark plugs. 1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town Country Wagon 300 Resto Mod  eBay - Google Chrome 542014 50635 PM.bmp And on the engine there have been added a few pieces of polished metal as seen. Not gaudy I believe but again titleholder’s license. The cross rams are now water heated for better operation and no exhaust corrosion. On the inside every thing has been changed to Chrysler charcoal gray except for the head liner, which is off white and was fabricated from proper headliner material and six correct length bows. (no drooping cardboard in this T&C) The two bench seats (front and center rows) have been replaced with four power bucket seats from matching 300M. The third rear facing bench seats 3 and is not powered but has been matched to the 300M in color and style. The one twenty MPH speedometer that the New Yorker started life with has been replaced with a one fifty MPH speedometer that all Letter cars came with. 1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town Country Wagon 300 Resto Mod  eBay - Google Chrome 542014 50702 PM.bmp A 1961 300G full-length center console has been installed. The entire wiring system, under hood, under dash, and interior including all power windows in the four doors have been newly manufactured and installed. Marker lights, 300 side medallions, and taillights have been newly manufactured and installed. This Station Wagon came with air conditioning, which it still has but has been up-graded and works perfectly as it was intended to. All glass is factory tinted with a new tinted windshield. 1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town Country Wagon 300 Resto Mod  eBay - Google Chrome 542014 50653 PM.bmp Other then the few custom pieces added, every part replaced and up-dated is a Chrysler Corp. part, no exceptions! The speedometer originally showed less than 12,000 miles and the odometer was reset to 0.To date and after six years of only summer driving there have been approximately 3000 miles added since the maiden voyage without a mark or blemish added. New American Classic 235/75R15 WW tires put on last July.

1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town Country Wagon 300 Resto Mod  eBay - Google Chrome 542014 50627 PM.bmp The starting bid is $60,000… Yes a lot of work went into this particular car, and incorporating modern seats into a retro ride is, actually well done, but at what cost? See the listing here: [sc:ebay itemid=”271473332149″ linktext=”1961 Chrysler Town & Country ” ]

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