Junkyard Find: 1989 Chrysler New Yorker Landau Mark Cross Edition

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Ford really set the standard for designer-edition luxury cars during the late 1970s, with the Lincoln Mark V available with Superfly-grade styling by Bill Blass, Givenchy, Emilio Pucci, and Cartier. The competition scoured the world for competing designers, with even AMC getting into the act, and Chrysler signed up Mark Cross for some glitzed-up luxury cars based on stretched variants of the aging K Platform.

Here’s a 1989 Mark Cross Edition New Yorker Landau, spotted in a Denver self-service yard a couple of weeks ago.

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, Landau badge - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Broughams and Landaus and Concourses and all the rest of that faux-luxe badging didn’t last long into the 1990s, at least not in the mainstream, but the word Landau still meant something to Chrysler shoppers in 1989.

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, rear seats - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Chrysler no longer used the “Corinthian Leather” term by this point, so the Mark Cross New Yorker (and Imperial) came with “Mark Cross leather with vinyl trim” inside. Sure, we mock this sort of interior today, but the setup was very comfy for a long drive across, say, Iowa and Nebraska.

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, intake manifold - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Power came from the versatile Mitsubishi 6G72 V6, an engine that went into everything from the Mitsubishi Debonair to the worst car ever inflicted upon humanity.

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, landau roof - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
The padded landau roof is in good shape by the standards of cars living under the withering Colorado sun. The resale value of these cars is so low today, though, that any mechanical problem costing more than a few hundred bucks amounts to a death sentence for most examples.

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, dealership emblem - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
It was sold new in Denver and, 29 years later, will be crushed in Denver.

New Yorker gives you… everything!

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, seat fabric - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, Mark Cross badge - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, engine - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, Landau badge - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, landau roof - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, dealership emblem - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, decklid badge

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, LH rear view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, front seats - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Bill Blass in Colorado wrecking yard, digital instrument cluster - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, Landau badge - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, Libby Light - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, RH rear view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, rear seats - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, Landau badge - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, intake manifold - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, LH rear view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1989 Chrysler New Yorker Mark Cross in Colorado wrecking yard, roof vinyl - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars