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Monday, 16 June 2014 21:41

1965 CHRYSLER Newport- Fresno, CA to Oregon


Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown

This 1965 Chrysler Newport started life in Fresno, California and found its way to Oregon eventually becoming part of the Kee collection. The Charles Kee collection was auctioned off in May, 2014 following Kee's death in 2013. Most of the Kee cars were collected in the 1980s on a 50 acre property in Brothers, Oregon for storage outside in the desert. This was one of his favored cars which enjoyed indoor storage.

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 in the 20 YEARS PLUS story on one of Kee's personal drivers; a 1967 Chrysler New Yorker.

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This Newport was bought new at Leach Motors Chrysler Plymouth in Fresno, California. See a story on Leach in the DEALERSHIPS section of this website. An advertisement fromĀ June 25, 1965 in the Fresno Bee exhorts buyers to rush down. The ad explains a payment plan that may very well have been used to buy this particular Newport:

"Now Leach Motors brings you a finance plan heretofore available only to executives, bankers, doctors, lawyers, and others who enjoy special financing privileges. This plan lets you own a new car on payments that are actually cheaper than lease payments. NOW AVAILABLE TO YOU! You can take advantage of this Executive-Professional Finance Plan now, if you have earned the right to quicker, easier, new car ownership. This plan will let thousands of used car buyers own a new Plymouth, Valiant, or Chrysler, because they will save through lower monthly payments. Your auto maintenance will also be greatly reduced became of the Chrysler Corporation 5 Year-50,000 mile warranty. BALANCING YOUR BUDGET Leach Motors finance plan is designed to help you in many financial problems. This plan will show you how to get out of debt... how to consolidate your high monthly payments into a single smaller payment you can afford . . . how you can pay off your present obligations, drive a new car, and still have LOWER monthly payments. AVOID HIDDEN CHARGES This plan eliminates many hidden charges when buying a new car. All interest and carrying charges, freight, and federal taxes are included in one low payment based on forty-eight equal payments. Optional equipment is of course optional. You owe it to your family ... to yourself . . . to investigate the Leach Finance Plan. Fill in the coupon and bring it in to Leach Motors. Mail it if you prefer"

The ad lists some example cars, one of which is a Newport.

"1965 CHRYSLER NEWPORT 4 DOOR SEDAN Stock #6483 M $89.00 PER MONTH On our Executive-Professional finance Plan."

The engine shot below of the ALLEY FINDS Newport shows us that this was a bare bones car. No A/C, no power brakes. It did have power steering.

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The VIN C153104024 decodes:

C= Chrysler V8

1= Newport

5= 1965 Model year

3= Jefferson, Michigan final assembly plant

104024= Sequence number.

The shot of the interior below provides a glimpse of the remote driver's rear view mirror option, AM radio and full width protective rubber mat that even covers the transmission hump.

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The interior is in good shape with no rips in the seat and a really well preserved door panel. The pedals show minimal wear. It seems to support the odometer of 72,472 miles rather than the odometer having 'gone round once already before'.

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The license frames from Leach were kept with the car when it was registered in Oregon by Charles Kee. The plate expired in 1984 which means it was on the road no more than 19 years since new.

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