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From the Blake Nordstrom Collection
Like many American auto manufacturers after WWII, Chrysler updated its prewar designs with minor revisions to styling and equipment. Fortunately, the company had a well-developed range of automobiles and Chryslers built from 1946 to 1948 are renowned for their style and effortless driving dynamics. Barring the hand-built, wood-bodied Town and Country, the top-of-the-line model was the New Yorker, which featured an eight-cylinder engine and wide range of configurations including a sedan, convertible, and two coupe variants. The most exclusive of these was the Three-Passenger Business Coupe, such as the example offered here. More an expression of style than practicality, the Business Coupe featured just a single row of seating, allowing for an impossibly attractive roofline. It is believed that just 702 of these Coupes were built with the eight-cylinder engine during three years of production, with as few as 10 examples known to exist today.
This incredible New Yorker was purchased by Blake Nordstrom in late 2012 from Chrysler aficionado Blue Nelson, a noted resource on the model. The Coupe was incredibly complete and original, and, according to Mr. Nelson, the only known example to exist with a Highland tartan interior, which was fitted to as few as 10% of New Yorker Business Coupes. The Chrysler was entrusted to renowned restorer Jim Barbee, with whom Mr. Nordstrom had worked on numerous projects. As documented in photos on file, the New Yorker was completely dismantled, with each part carefully refurbished, refinished, or rebuilt. The resulting restoration is stunning to behold, with details extending to the reproduction of factory markings in the engine compartment.
Chrysler Business Coupes are easily among the most intriguing and stylish closed cars of the mid-century era. Appearing almost as custom coachbuilt automobiles, they elicit an emotional response from all that encounter them. An eight-cylinder New Yorker Business Coupe restored to this level is an exceedingly rare object, and one that deserves your closest attention and consideration.