1968 Chrysler Newport Review

1968 Chrysler Newport 383 V8 from North America

Model year1968
Year of manufacture1968
First year of ownership1981
Most recent year of ownership1987
Engine and transmission 383 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles

Summary:

The big bad mean green machine

Faults:

The main issues were major wiring harness problems at the end of ownership, & a very rusty body from too many New Hampshire winters.

General Comments:

This was my first car. I even sold it once & bought it back a few months later. It was green & known as The Beast. It had a Dodge truck rear axle put in it at some point with a locker & 4:11 gears. It would squat & launch off the line due to it's weight. I surprised some Camaros & Chargers off the line.

On the highway, this thing was like riding on a cloud. The AC worked good & the seats were like two couches.

The 1966 to 1968 Chryslers were very under rated. They were great cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd June, 2009

2nd Jun 2009, 12:57

You failed to mention how the Chrysler handled corners - I imagine the ocean-liner girth and cloud-like ride didn't translate into cornering prowess, huh?

2nd Jun 2009, 17:59

Was it a four door or two door? I used to have a 68 Dodge Polara 2 door with a shoe-horned 426 hemi (not stock) that my Dad sold me. Man that thing was fast! Fuel economy sucked but I didn't care, had Dad's Chevron card. Mine was painted black with black interior, loved the sweeping dash and the chrome cascading tail lights. Wish I still mine too, but got married and had kids... the usual story. Drive a Hyundai Sonata now... laugh all you want, I am.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review