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Carlo Basta's 1978 New Yorker Brougham

My car is a 1978 New Yorker Brougham with:
factory 8-Track,
power antennae,
blue velour interior,
load-leveling suspension,
factory floor mats, etc, etc.

It is all original, except for the spark control computer, which is there, but not hooked up, and the thermo-quad carb has been replaced by a new Edelbrock carb, (underneath the stock air cleaner).

It even has the original muffler!

The car has 72,000 miles on it. I bought it from the original owners. 1978 is the only year that fender skirts were optional on NYB's, and this car is kind of unusual as it has every other option, but the sunroof and the leather seats. The seats are especially gorgeous.

I've removed the wheel mouldings just to see how well the fender skirts fit, and there was nothing but a little dirt underneath. It's interesting to note that Chrysler included the tab that holds the skirts in, but the bracket is not there. I have extra brackets, so it's not a problem. I'll hold onto the wheel mouldings just in case, but it does look a lot nicer with the skirts. I've noticed that 3M still sells the pinstripes for our cars, too, as I have to put the pinstripes on the skirts, since it's a 78.

All of this depends on my bodyshop getting the same finish on the skirts as the car though. I'm just getting the skirts painted, not the car, as the original paint job still shines.

I used to have a 75 Newport way back when, and missed it, so this is my summer toy. If I can get fender skirts painted to match the car, they'll be added soon. This particular car never had them.


Carlo Basta