The Golden Era of American Automobiles Returns at Russo and Steele Monterey 2011! This car is just one of the fifteen very special and very rare late-fifties DeSoto, Chrysler and Dodge convertibles that will be crossing the block Thursday night, August 18th, 2011 at Russo and Steele’s 11th annual Monterey auction event. Many selling without reserve!Vehicle to be offered WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 18 - 20th, at Russo and Steele''s 11th Annual "Sports & Muscle at The Marriott" in Downtown Monterey, California. Please contact us for more information.The Chrysler New Yorker was a premium automobile built by the Chrysler Corporation from 1939–1996, serving for several years as the brand''s flagship model. A model named the "New York Special" first appeared in the 1930s. Until its discontinuation in 1996, the New Yorker had made its mark as the longest running American car nameplate.The New Yorkers this year had a 413 cubic inch cast iron block that produced 350 hp with a Carter four-barrel carburetor. It had new tailfins, new front end and no Hemi. The FirePower Hemi ended production and was replaced by the cheaper wedge head 413-cid RB engine. The Hemi would never return to the New Yorker and slowly ended its image as a performance car and re-branded it as a luxury car. The Hemi engine itself would not return to Mopar cars until 1964 with the second generation 426 Hemi. Only 286 convertibles were built for 1959 and they had a factory price of $4890. It is thought that less than twenty of these cars are left today.