Chrysler Fifth Avenue
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Make: Chrysler
Model: Fifth Avenue
Chrysler Fifth Avenue

Naming a car Fifth Avenue is a pretty daring thing to do given that expectations for such a model are going to be very high, so high that they probably could never be met. Nevertheless, Chrysler Corporation used the name on its largest models from 1979 to 1993. The moniker first appeared as a special, upmarket sub-model of the Chrysler New Yorker sedan in 1979. This generation of Chrysler was V8-powered and rear wheel drive, although it was smaller than the size of models in the mid 1970s. Drivers who were lucky enough to be able to afford the Fifth Avenue were treated to a two-tone beige beauty with matching leather interior. Coming standard on the models was landau vinyl roof, and somewhat unusual opera windows, which opened with the rear doors. This model truly exemplified the concept of matching colors throughout the vehicle. In fact, the Fifth Avenue was so well planned that even the bumper rub strips were beige. This particular body ran for three years, later which additional Fifth Avenue colors were added for 1980 and 1981. The Chrysler LeBaron was given its own a Fifth Avenue package in 1980. This certainly elevated the status of the model and in fact, this was something that the Fifth Avenue could do for any model. It was a sign of prestige and power, as well as smart shopping. Even better, this option package was quite rare and was only produced on perhaps 500 LeBarons for the year. This included many of the exterior features found on the New Yorker Fifth Avenue yet in a smaller and more sensible package. This has made this particular model a favorite among collectors, yet because the cars have been holding up fairly well, many drivers have been holding on to their beloved Fifth Avenue. It seems that even if one cannot live in New York City, they can at least drive part of it ' with much less traffic. The Fifth Avenue name was ceased at the end of the 1993 model year at which time the New Yorker was replaced by the Chrysler Concorde and also by the longer and more aerodynamic 1994 Chrysler LHS.

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