The McCandless Collection

1958 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible


Not Just A Museum

The McCandless Collection will take you back to the days of "The Forward Look Era" automotive design, racing, and drivers themselves. We guarantee an unforgettable experience. With so many classic vehicles under one roof, we have something everyone will get excited about.

This stunning convertible has multiple AACA Junior and Senior titles, the SEMA/ARMO Restoration of the Year award in September 2008, following its refreshing by American Classic Auto Restorations, an AACA National Historical Preservation of Original features Certification at Melbourne, Florida, prior to that, and noteworthy event recognition from Florida to California adorn its legacy.

Beyond the new-for-1958 styling cues, one is immediately drawn to the Matador Red paint, contrasting black top and accessory equipment. Under the hood was the largest iteration of the first-generation 392 CI Hemi engine rated at 346 HP with its Carter AFB 4-barrel carburetor. The engine is backed by the TorqueFlite 3-speed transmission, which utilizes the dash-mounted push-button shifter, and this New Yorker features power steering and brakes. Inside this car’s well-upholstered interior are power seats and win­dows, Air-Temp factory air conditioning, tinted glass and the Auto Pilot cruise control. For audio equipment, it features the AM radio with a power antenna and rear speaker plus the very desirable Highway Hi-Fi in-dash record player.

Overall, Virgil Exner’s flight-sweep styling perhaps reached its epitome in the Chrysler lineup during this model release, creating exclusivity in this popular arena of ownership today. With a record of excellence on the show field and a gorgeous 9,000-hour resto­ration that took three years to complete, this Hemi-powered New Yorker is documented with a copy of its original build card and more than 4,000 photos of the restoration.

1958 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible: A Gleaming Gem of the Jet Age

Picture it: the late 1950s, an era where Sputnik soared the skies, Elvis swayed the masses, and American automotive design reached for the stars. In this golden age, few cars shimmered as brilliantly as the 1958 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible. With its glamorous blend of elegance, innovation, and power, it truly is a standout of its time. So, fellow aficionados, let’s dive into a time when chrome was king, and fins were in fashion!

An Elegance Unparalleled

Chrysler, always a beacon of luxury in the automotive realm, truly embodied the opulence of the era with the ’58 New Yorker Convertible. Its body, sculpted with elongated lines, culminated in those distinctive tail fins, giving it an aerodynamic flair reminiscent of the jet planes of the time.

The convertible top added an extra touch of class, allowing drivers to lower the roof and cruise in style, soaking in the sun and the envious glances of onlookers.

Beneath the Hood: A Symphony of Power

Chrysler wasn’t just about looks; performance was equally paramount. Nestled beneath the New Yorker’s expansive hood was the legendary 392 cubic-inch FirePower Hemi V8. This engine, a marvel of its day, effortlessly produced 345 horsepower, ensuring that the New Yorker Convertible wasn’t just a sight to behold, but a force to be reckoned with on the open road.

Riding on Cloud Nine

One of the hallmarks of the New Yorker was its ride quality. With its Torsion-Aire suspension, driving the 1958 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible felt less like being on a road and more like gliding on air. Bumps and imperfections were effortlessly absorbed, offering passengers a ride experience that was nothing short of heavenly.

Lap of Luxury

The interior of the New Yorker Convertible was nothing less than a masterclass in luxury. Passengers were enveloped in sumptuous materials, from rich leather seats to polished chrome accents. The attention to detail was meticulous, ensuring that every journey, no matter how short, felt like an opulent adventure.

A Timeless Beauty

As the pages of history turn, and automotive designs evolve, the allure of the 1958 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible remains undiminished. For the classic car enthusiast, this vehicle is more than just metal, rubber, and fabric—it’s a rolling testament to a time of boundless optimism, a time when cars were crafted with passion and soul.

Today, the 1958 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible stands as a radiant beacon, a gleaming reminder of an era when the sky wasn’t the limit—it was just the beginning. To all who have the privilege of seeing, driving, or merely dreaming about this masterpiece, one message rings clear: they truly don’t make them like they used to.

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