1968 Chrysler Newport

Chrysler Newport

The Newport was a name used by the Chrysler division of the Chrysler Corporation used as both a hardtop body designation and also for its lowest priced model between 1961 and 1981. Chrysler first used the Newport name on a 1940 showcar of which five vehicles were produced.


For 1965, the Newport was redesigned on the then-new Chrysler C platform, shared withthe 300 and New Yorker, along with the Dodge Polara and Plymouth Fury. Styling mimicked the square lines of the Lincoln Continental and the 1964 Imperial while wheelbases increased 2 inches (5.1 cm) to 124 inches (310 cm) (wagons continued on the 122 inches (310 cm) wheelbase). All body styles were carried over from 1964 including the pillared four-door sedan, four-door hardtop sedan, two-door hardtop coupe and convertible, along with the station wagon, which was renamed the Chrysler Town and Country and became a separate series. A new bodystyle for 1965 (shared with other Chryslers and Dodge Polaras) was a six-window Town Sedan that included a small side-window in the pillar similar to the three-window design of 1950s cars that would return in the 1970s.  (Photo Courtesy of Imperial Club)

Calib(1,1,1,0, 0, 0, 1); AWB(1378,1245); Info(1005,1599,224,-7264,1024,0,0)The standard engine for the 1965 Newport was the 383 cubic inches (6.28 l) V8 with two-barrel carburetor and 270 horsepower, designed for use of regular gasoline of 92-94 Research octane. Optionally available at extra cost was the 383 with four-barrel carburetion and 315 horsepower (235 kW) with higher compression and required premium fuel of 98-100 Research octane. The standard transmission was a three-speed column shift manual and optionally available was the three-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission, now featuring a column-mounted shifter replacing the push buttons of previous years as was the case with all 1965 Chrysler Corporation cars and trucks.




Interiors featured padded instrument panels, full carpeting and choices of cloth-and-vinyl or all-vinyl bench seats and notchback bench seats with armrest. Newport coupes and convertibles were also offered with optional bucket seats with either a center console and floor shifter or armrest and center cushion.







The 1966 Newport received new grille work and revised taillights but was otherwise changed very little from 1965. Engine offerings were revised with the 270-horsepower 383 two-barrel continuing as standard equipment while the four-barrel 383 received a 10 horsepower increase to 325 horsepower. New this year was Chrysler’s 440 cubic inches (7.2 l) V8, for which Newport buyers could get the high-output TNT version with four-barrel carburetor, dual exhausts and dual-snorkel air cleaner that was rated at 365 horsepower, about 15 horsepower more than the standard 440 four-barrel that was the base engine in the New Yorker and Imperial, and optional on the Chrysler 300 as well as Dodge Polaras and Monacos, and Plymouth Furys.



For 1967, the Newport and other Chryslers received new sheetmetal but retained the basic 1965 bodyshell. Two-door hardtops received a new angular semi-fastback roofline featuring reverse-slant side windows while the rooflines of four-door pillared and hardtop sedans, and station wagons were unchanged. The slow-selling six-window Town Sedan was dropped this year. Engines were unchanged except for the 440 TNT being bumped up to 375 horsepower.

The Coupe                                                                                                           The Sedan



The 1968 Newport received only a minor facelift from its 1967 counterpart including new grilles and taillights. All body styles were carried over on both the base Newport and Newport Custom lines. Under the hood, the standard 383 two-barrel V8 received a 20 horsepower increase to 290 horsepower, while the four-barrel 383 was jacked up from 325 horsepower to 330 horsepower, and the 440 TNT was unchanged at 375 horses.

And here is our 1968 Chrysler Newport. It has a max wedge 440 engine built and restored by us. The interior is all newly redone with a new top.

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