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Written by Double Dragon
Sunday, 08 June 2014 09:52

1967 CHRYSLER Newport conv- Brothers, OR


Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown

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This 1967 Newport underwent a repaint to white at some point possibly inspired by the original white convertible top. The fender tag and inner fenders are blue which match the blue dash, steering wheel and door panels. The 'white' idea didn't end with the paint. Notice that someone put a white valve stem cap on the passenger front tire.

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The VIN tag is smeared with white paint from the repaint of the door jams. The interior didn't escape from the redo. The incorrect seat covers probably looked bad even before the getting soiled and worn and the carpet is a dirt brown rust color. The original blue door panels, dash and steering wheel held up reasonably well because the convertible top survived mostly intact to hold the elements at bay. The interior contains the factory radio. No power windows or door locks, although it does have a remote control driver's side outside rear view mirror which isn't listed on the fender tag.

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This Newport is from the Charles Kee Collection of Mopars. Most of the cars were transported in the 1980s to Kee's 50 acre property in Brothers, Oregon for storage outside in the desert acreage.

Charles Franklin Kee amassed several hundred cars stored on his property but would only sell to people he liked. Money was not the issue when he sold a car. See the full story on Chuck filed in 20 YEARS PLUS stories under the 1967 Chrysler New Yorker which he used as one of his personal drivers in the 1980s.

The Newport's 383 engine retains original paint and air cleaner assembly. The power steering pump is still present. The brake master cylinder lacks a booster. It was common back in the 1960s to find even large size cars ordered without power brakes.

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The VINĀ CL27G73127911 decodes as:

C= Newport (also used for all other Chrysler C bodies: 300 and New Yorker)

L= Low price class (the Newport was the entry level full size Chrysler model)

27= Convertible

G= 383- 2 Barrel engine

7= 1967 Model year

3= Jefferson, Michigan final assembly plant

127911= Sequence number

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The fender tag above provides more detail starting with the bottom line:

Line 1= 383-2 barrel engine and 3 speed auto/ Tires were 8.25 x 14 whitewall 2-4 ply steel belted/ 930= Build date Sep 30, 1966.

Line 2= AX1 means a 2.76:1 axle ratio/ E6B interior is light blue with blue vinyl bucket seats/ CC1 paint is Arctic Blue Metallic.

Line 3= X2 is Tinted windshield (not the other windows)/ Y2= White convertible top

Line 4= b4 is bucket seats/ j4 is body sill molding narrow

The Newport has orange Oregon plates with black letters. It's been quite some time since it was on the road.

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