1964 Chrysler Newport Wagon - Reader Ride

By: Cliff Chambers, Photography by: Cliff Chambers

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The owner of this magnificent and very scarce Chrysler could be forgiven if its restoration had fallen a little short of perfection.

The Newport Wagon is among the rarest of its breed and its exceptional condition is the result of four years intensive work and many hours spent accumulating parts.

The car was originally from California and when acquired so afflicted by rust that grass could be seen through the floor-pans. A complete strip and rebuild followed, including fabrication of unobtainable items and intense work reviving those components that could be re-used.

"Some parts are compatible with similar Dodge models but things such as the head-lining are unique to this model and had to be reproduced," Barry explained.

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Then came registration in a country not familiar with cars that can accommodate this many people.

"In the USA," Barry said. "It will accommodate nine people. In Australia, unless I wanted to go through the process of registering it as a bus, it’s an eight-seater with the rearmost seat only legal for two."

 

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