Who knew a 1951 Chrysler New Yorker Rally Car could bring father and son together as best friends? For Jonathan Auerbach and his father, that’s exactly what the massive vehicle gave them, that and countless memories made during the more than 10,000 miles spent racing the car throughout the years.
While it may not be the newest model on the road, the ’51 New Yorker is sure to turn heads wherever it goes. Equipped with a 5.8-liter HEMI V8 engine and numerous customizations including a hefty side exhaust pipe, personalized detailing, and red “lipstick,” the rally car has proved itself to be a reliable vehicle that just won’t give up. Auerbach recounted a time when the car hit two deer at the same time during a long-distance rally and suffered little more than scratched paint on its front trim.
The not-so-little rally car that could doesn’t seem to be retiring any time soon either. Auerbach is currently preparing it for the next Peking to Paris race.
We’ll definitely be pulling for the ’51 Chrysler New Yorker.
If you’re looking to do some father-son bonding, maybe a trip to Cumberland Chrysler will be the start of a friendship that goes much deeper than car talk.