From a stunning 1941 concept car to fin-tastic coupes, sedans, wagons and convertibles circa 1960, Chrysler has certainly taken liberal use of the Newport moniker. And, with all the low riders and assorted customs roaming around, it is clear that enthusiasts have too. It wasn’t until ‘61 that Chrysler dedicated a specific model line to the Newport name. Up until that point, the badge designated a 2-door hardtop body configuration. This entry level full size sedan, essentially a de-contented sister vehicle to the upscale New Yorker, was meant to bridge the gap between Chrysler and Dodge when DeSoto went under.
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It’s always a treat to see one of the 25,000 or so Vipers produced since introduction in 1992. And given the livery vehicle choices seen here, we would definitely hail down the “Race Yellow” snake charm owned and operated by Long Island resident Alan Stewart.
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Not the best year for Ford’s perennial muscle car (Gen II: 1974 – 1978). In fact, there wasn’t a whole lot of muscle to speak of thanks to tougher pollution laws and the OPEC oil embargo of the 1970s. Believe it or not, this so called street rod was based on a Ford Pinto subcompact in an effort to better compete against imports that shined during the energy crisis. But Mustang has stood the test of time – unlike Pony car comrades Camaro and Challenger, Mustang is the only Pony car that never ceased production since its inception.