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Been shopping for an Imperial in the '69-'75 range. They are pretty scarce!

So I've been browsing '76-'78 New Yorker Broughams. There's way more choice in those.

They have the Imperial body and style, although I know some things were thrifted out, like rear disk brakes. And those cars get into the Lean Burn era, and I've heard bad things about that system.

I'm wondering--do these cars really deliver the Imperial-level experience? And is the Lean Burn thing really that bad? Is it reasonably possible to repair or replace if so?

I'm browsing a lot of these cars, but I'm taken with the color on this one:

1976 Chrysler New Yorker For Sale - Gateway Classic Cars

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I own a Imperial myself though not in that age range. I heard positive things about the Chrysler New Yorkers from that time period and yes the lean burn can be problematic. @ImperialCrown has some good knowledge about the lean burn and how to correct the issues with it. You could also look into the 300's but you're looking at a very slim area of years and usually get more money. I would argue that you don't really need the disc brakes anyways.

Looks pretty nice but I think he's asking too much money. Should knock off 2k. Has that rust on the trunk lid and missing the emblem on the headlight cover(I know petty). Otherwise has beautiful untorn pillow seats, great top, and pretty good paint.
 

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Thanks for the quick reply AceHanlon! I need to research Lean Burn some more. I noticed the same small things with the Gateway car, but they'd be simple to fix, I think. I'm almost more put off by the things the previous owner stuck to the dash around the radio area. One looks to be a cheapie clock, so I assume the factory one doesn't work.

That car has kind of stuck to the shelf, I think. They cut the price from $14,000 to $12,000 just recently. Might be some dealing to be done.

I'm weirdly attracted to this one too--mainly for the color. How long since anybody saw a green vinyl top? And they were mostly on green cars. Green over white is so rare I think I might have only seen one other in my life--a '68 Polara coupe that lived in my hometown when I was a young'un.

1977 Used Chrysler New Yorker at Jim Babish Auto Sales Inc. Serving Johnstown, PA, IID 20994288

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Thanks for the quick reply AceHanlon! I need to research Lean Burn some more. I noticed the same small things with the Gateway car, but they'd be simple to fix, I think. I'm almost more put off by the things the previous owner stuck to the dash around the radio area. One looks to be a cheapie clock, so I assume the factory one doesn't work.

That car has kind of stuck to the shelf, I think. They cut the price from $14,000 to $12,000 just recently. Might be some dealing to be done.

I'm weirdly attracted to this one too--mainly for the color. How long since anybody saw a green vinyl top? And they were mostly on green cars. Green over white is so rare I think I might have only seen one other in my life--a '68 Polara coupe that lived in my hometown when I was a young'un.

1977 Used Chrysler New Yorker at Jim Babish Auto Sales Inc. Serving Johnstown, PA, IID 20994288

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So you're in PA? I'm also put off by that crap that the previous owner put on there with the cheapo clock.

Now this green one...my my my that is very nice! I like a lot. I would jump on that one and of course do some negotiation.
 

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Lean Burn gets a bad reputation because people believe what they read on the Internet (it’s junk, rip it out).
In reality, most Lean Burn problems are carb related. Any old carbureted car is going to need carb work from time to time, especially with modern gas and when a car sits a lot. Non-ethanol gas can help.

My 1979 Cordoba still has Lean Burn, but needs fuel system work. A few years back, I sold my 1981 Mirada, 1988 Gran Fury, and 1989 Fifth Avenue- all running their Lean Burn systems (though it was renamed on the later 1980s cars).
 

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Dad and I went to look at an Imperial in 1974 during the Embargo. We had no intention of purchase, I just wanted to see the 'last' Imperial.

The 1976 New Yorker Brougham was the carry-over, a nice C-body but not a Y-body according to the VIN. Still an extremely attractive car, but a dinosaur of past ideas that were becoming obsolete.

The return of the Imperial in the early '80's and again in the early '90's was good tonic for corporate morale. Having a flagship car is always a good morale booster.
 

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So you're in PA? I'm also put off by that crap that the previous owner put on there with the cheapo clock.

Now this green one...my my my that is very nice! I like a lot. I would jump on that one and of course do some negotiation.
No, I'm in TN actually, AceHanlon. I got onto the PA dealer via AutoTempest. The green/white car does tempt me, but I'm a little disappointed that it doesn't have the fluffy buttoned seats that most all of them have. I guess it must be lacking some upholstery option, maybe.

I've seen the OIC site, valiant67, and they do have good info. But they've removed their bulletin board section--you can't post a question like this anymore.

BTW, the number of posts you guys have is amazing me. I've never anybody with that many on any other board. This is a really helpful place, and I appreciate all the replies!

And BTW, if any of you haven't tried AutoTempest, you should. It can deliver enough ads to keep you mesmerized WAY into the night--Craigslist for the whole country!
 

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Production of the last years of the traditional Imperial was pretty low (around 14,000 in 1974, less than 9,000 in 1975. So, in 1976, they kept building the same car but renamed it to "Chrysler New Yorker Brougham". the 76-78 NY B was the same car as the 74/75 Imperial, save for some features were made optional in 76, to lower the base price. Didn't seem to matter much, as most of the production of these cars came loaded up with options, anyway. Sales shot up to 33,732 in '76, over 62,000 in '77 and down to 36,497 in 1978 (prices went up). So, there are many, many more '76-78 NY Broughham's out there than '74-75 Imperials, even though they are mostly the same car.

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Thanks, all--I am listening and learning!

AutoTempest served me this limo today--just up on ebay. Not a thing I'd bid on, but really interesting to look at.

1965 Chrysler Imperial Lebaron Barreiros Limousine | eBay

Also, this one might amuse you guys. I was somewhat interested at first, but I decided it's been modded too far away from its Imperial roots to be for me. (Although if I were younger, I might think differently.)

81 IMPERIAL
 

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The Brougham Coupe with the padded St. Regis top is rare.
Imperials (5th Aves & 1st gen LHS) were known for their special 'Crown' roof treatments.



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Yes, ImperialCrown, I have seen some of the Crown coupes. They are unusual--nobody but Chrysler used that style of vinyl as far as I know.

That diagram of the add-on roof structure is really interesting, but I never saw anything like it on an LHS. It really looks more like the top that they put on the K-car based Imperial. I actually like the look of those, but I bet it would be a nightmare to replace one. It has to be one of the most complex vinyl installations ever.
 

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Thanks, all--I am listening and learning!

AutoTempest served me this limo today--just up on ebay. Not a thing I'd bid on, but really interesting to look at.

1965 Chrysler Imperial Lebaron Barreiros Limousine | eBay

Also, this one might amuse you guys. I was somewhat interested at first, but I decided it's been modded too far away from its Imperial roots to be for me. (Although if I were younger, I might think differently.)

81 IMPERIAL
Yeah looking at that 81 I started not to like the "enhancements". One thing I can't stand is when they take out the original radio and don't keep it. My 90 doesn't have the original radio, I was thankful enough to find one at the junkyard that is in great shape(not the chrome one unfortunately). Especially since those radio's go for over 200 dollars on ebay!

Also on that 81 they messed with the original engine set up and the rims. Though the paint is amazing condition and so is the interior.
 

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Both of these two have been listed since at least August of 2021 at this point.
 

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I've seen both, and they just aren't for me. '67 is older than I want to go, besides that one being blah brown, having no A/C, and being overpriced. The '74 is a bit more interesting, although still brown, but really I only want either an Imperial or a NYB passing itself off as one, and in a cheerful color or colors.

Being so picky limits my choices, true, but I'm willing to live with that.
 

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I've seen both, and they just aren't for me. '67 is older than I want to go, besides that one being blah brown, having no A/C, and being overpriced. The '74 is a bit more interesting, although still brown, but really I only want either an Imperial or a NYB passing itself off as one, and in a cheerful color or colors.

Being so picky limits my choices, true, but I'm willing to live with that.
I get that. If you're spending that amount of money I dont blame you for being picky.

Also that guy seems to list stuff for too much money almost all the time from what I noticed.
 
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