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Junkyard Gem: 1986 Chrysler Fifth Avenue

Junkyard Gem: 1986 Chrysler Fifth Avenue

https://www.autoblog.com/2018/12/09/junkyard-gem-1986-chrysler-fifth-avenue/

Chrysler

started putting the New Yorker name on its top-end luxury dreadnaughts

all the way back in the early 1940s

. When it came time to pitch an even more exclusive New Yorker, what street did Chrysler

choose for its name

in 1979?

Exactly

. The

Fifth Avenues

started out as

Plymouth

Gran Fury siblings, then switched to the smaller M-Body

Dodge Diplomat

platform for the 1982-1989 model years. Here’s a padded-landau-roof-equipped ‘

86

Fifth Avenue, spotted in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.

1986 Chrysler Fifth Avenue in California wrecking yard

Though the Fifth Avenue started life as a option package for the New Yorker, Chrysler ditched the New Yorker badging on these cars after the 1983 model year (while applying it, confusingly, to the Chrysler-badged

front-wheel-drive E-Body

). Perhaps this was due to

certain Chrysler-demographic-terrifying developments in New York-based popular culture

around that time.

1986 Chrysler Fifth Avenue in California wrecking yard

1970s styling touches were still going strong in mid-1980s Detroit, and this car has lots of fake wood and button-tufted vinyl inside, with this stainless-trimmed padded landau roof outside.

1986 Chrysler Fifth Avenue in California wrecking yard

Mechanically speaking, it’s a

Dodge

Diplomat, complete with 140-horsepower 318-cubic-inch (5.2 liter) V8, rear-wheel-drive, and three-speed automatic transmission. The Diplomat was a sturdy and reliable machine, but the $14,910 Fifth Avenue sticker price was a lot to pay for a Diplomat with some extra gingerbread, especially when the Diplomat listed at $10,086.

The Diplomat was a very popular choice for American law-enforcement duties during the 1980s, and the chase scene from

Short Time

shows a slightly exaggerated depiction of its tough construction. It’s a shame that the filmmakers couldn’t find a way to use a Fifth Avenue instead.

1986 Chrysler Fifth Avenue in California wrecking yard

For 1990, the Fifth Avenue name went onto a stretched version of the front-wheel-drive

K Platform

, then disappeared after 1993.

“I enjoy making money… and spending it. But not foolishly.”

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