Dennis Gage travels to Gilford, Connecticut to check out a couple of John Cote’s finned Mopar’s. Famed car designer Vigil Exner, named his design for the 50s Mopars the “Forward Look”, which included swoopy design, big fins and a very iconic 50s car look. Cote’s 1961 Chrysler New Yorker wagon has that distinctive Exner style with big fins, 4-door hardtop design, space-age dash and boomerang tail lights.
Passenger comfort was not forgotten, and includes front and rear air conditioning, three row seating and plenty of ashtrays. Like any Chrysler of the day, there’s plenty of power with a 413 cubic inch cross-ram engine and push button TorqueFlite transmission. Of course Gage can’t resist taking this classic for a ride through the Connecticut countryside, where this classic proves it still has plenty of life left in it.