Although the bidding is closed and the sale has been finalized, it’s worth noting that famous burlesque dancer and internal organ-crushing corset aficionado Dita Von Teese recently sold her beautifully original 1939 Chrysler New Yorker on eBay.
Von Teese owned the Chrysler since 1997 and has been the backdrop and prop in several photo shoots with it and was feartured in a short film by insanely creepy husband, Marilyn Manson. Von Teese purchased the New Yorker from Harvey Doering after its 1991 restoration.
Before the auction, the New Yorker was “completely gone through” returning the four-door sedan back to running, driving condition. Although not a concourse restoration, the Chrysler required only minor cosmetic work to bring the car back to “perfect” condition.
With the sale of the car, Von Teese promised a personally autographed photo of her and the car together, which we’re sure will be completely appropriate to hang above the fireplace next to the family portrait and mom and dad’s wedding photo.
The New Yorker – debuting for the first time in 1939 – featured a clean, uncomplicated design with its headlamps moved into its elongated fenders, and vertical bar grille. The running boards were trimmed while a fastback profile helped to conceal the trunk.
New for the model year was a column-mounted gearshift that could be ordered with a new “Fluid Drive;” an oil-filled flywheel for smooth acceleration and the forefather of Chrysler’s future “tiptoe-shift” semiautomatic transmission.
Additionally, Chrysler’s new “Superfinish” process cut internal friction by mirror finishing the engine components, making its 323.5cui straight eight – equipped with a Stromberg carburetor and Solar Spark ignition – deliver 130 horsepower at 3400 rpm.
Moreover, the New Yorker was offered with a high-compression package that could boost output to 138hp.