Review: Danbury Mint 1957 Chrysler New Yorker Coupe (Blue)

Photographed and Reviewed by Peter Brown

She's a pretty car, to be sure. Her styling is perhaps not as clean as her sibling, the 300C, but Chrysler's designers did an admirable job of differentiating the two without ruining that swoopy "Forward Look."

DM issued the Sunset Rose/Cloud White version of the '57 New Yorker Sport Coupe back in the fall of 2003 to rave reviews, and it sold out in short order. It has remained a favorite among collectors and still commands a premium, so it only seemed natural they'd repaint it one day. Well, that day has arrived, and I must say they did it with a splash! The model is radiant in its new coat of Regatta Blue Poly with Mist Gray roof and side spear.

There's been some debate on this and the prior version as to whether the headlight buckets are correctly painted in black as opposed to being body color. I have seen them both ways at car shows, and it seems they could be had either way. Correct or not, DM no-doubt replicated the paint scheme on the car they used for measurements.

Here, the original and the re-issue are posed together for comparison purposes, and we see few changes from one to the next aside from colors. But somehow the blue metallic paint makes the car's lines and creases look crisper, as compared with the rose version which appears to have a softer shape. The new version also has upgraded scripts in photo-etch on the front fenders and the trunk lid, while the C H R Y S L E R lettering up front is still picked out in silver paint, because the letters are molded into the hood.

Fit and finish is nearly as good as the original, and because it set new standards when new, the tooling has held up well for its age. What makes this model a knockout, though, is the color scheme. The metallic blue paint really pops, and the gray top, which I could swear has a bluish tint, compliments it perfectly.

Chrysler was really onto something with their "Forward Look." These cars looked like they were in motion just sitting still. You have to give Virgil Exner credit for turning around the company's styling from the 1955 through 1961 model years, sending their competition back to the drawing boards on more than one occasion.

In silhouette you can really appreciate the sweeping lines of this classic automobile. Consider for a moment the correct ride height and stance, which we so often take for granted. This model has working suspension too, and a few other tricks including scissor type hood hinges, hidden door hinges, working gas filler door and visors, and more.

A look under the hood does not disappoint, with accurate wiring, plumbing, labels, washer reservoir, and sprung scissor hinges all adding to the realism.

Inside, the interior benefits from the new color scheme, and all the requisite details are there. Under magnification, the seat "fabric" really jumps right out at you, straight from 1957. Some of the dash details may look a little lumpy in this view, but these photos magnify the effect greatly. To the naked eye it all looks very convincing.

The seat detail is even more spectacular from this angle, and you can just see the contrasting piping along the edges. Check out the little metal "keeper" in the doorjamb, which is there to receive the sprung post on the door edge that makes the doors snap closed. This was a big deal in 1:24 scale seven years ago, and it still is today. Also note the tip of the rolled-down rear side window peeking out of its slot—another nice touch.

Out back there's a lined trunk, with gas filler pipe, removable spare, and jack.

From this rear three quarter view, the car is particularly attractive, and the model shows off its liquid-like paint, and an opening gas filler door. I love the roof pillars on these cars. Their clever design makes the canopy look deceptively light and aerodynamic.

Quite dashing in Regatta Blue, isn't she? The finish is truly flawless on this baby.

Though it rated 5 stars back in 2003, it's no longer state of the art. By today's standards the tooling rates a solid 4 stars, but we'll give it a 4.5 because of the small upgrades and fabulous color combination. At only $129 from the Danbury Mint, it's a deal, so if you missed the first one don't let it happen twice!