Despite its financial difficulties since the turn of the century, the American brand Chrysler has always been known as a symbol of elegance on the road. In the prosperous times following the end of World War II, Chrysler began to offer cars aimed at the burgeoning middle class, and one of its early offerings in this regard was the Royal, a basic six-cylinder model that would later be upgraded to the Windsor and Newport.
The 1950 Chrysler Windsor Newport’s Affordable Elegance
The 1950 Chrysler Windsor Newport was a full-sized, two-door hardtop more stylish than the Royal. This model would become an important transition for Chrysler, which was celebrating the 25th anniversary of manufacturing luxury for the American and Canadian roadways. The 1950 Windsor added the right amount of straight lines and boxy features to achieve a sensible blend of Art Deco styling. This was a great-looking, sporty option for car buyers who were not ready to acquire the stately Chrysler New Yorker.
A Streamlined Interior
The Art Deco design of the Windsor Newport extended to its interior, which offered less instrumentation than more luxurious models such as the Town and Country while still delivering a pleasant driving experience. The ample bench seats were plush and covered in leatherette that was pleasant to the touch. The two-way front windshield was juxtaposed by a larger three-way rear window.
The dashboard had sections that were prominently padded and rubberized for the safety of drivers and passengers. Gauges arranged in a semicircle could be glimpsed just above the center of the steering wheel; also included were a vacuum tube AM radio and an electric clock.
Although the 1950 Chrysler Windsor Newport was not designed to burn rubber, its performance was far from sluggish. The six-cylinder 250 by 116 flathead engine and the Carter single-barrel carburetor delivered enough horsepower to propel this large chassis down the road at decent speeds. The three-speed Presto-Matic transmission was an exciting feature that allowed drivers to easily shift between low, high, reverse and overdrive from the steering column. This transmission could be called semi-automatic because it required drivers to press the clutch pedal when shifting from low to high and vice versa, but it switched to overdrive on its own.
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