1971 Chrysler

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The 1971 Chrysler models received some styling changes to set them apart from previous year's lineup. Ventless side glass was now standard, but the New Yorker could have optional power vent windows. The New Yorker grille received squared-off headlight bezels, the 300 model now had a segmented taillight dress-up, to name just some. New for every Chrysler that year were the square outside rearview mirrors. High-back bucket seats or high-back split-bench seats were now a common sight. Power output of most engines was down from 1970 a little due to reduced compression ratios to conform to new emission standards. Some new options were introduced this year, like a sunroof on 2dr HT's, a headlamp washer for the 300 and a separate cassette player/recorder.

There were no Chrysler convertibles anymore in 1971. The lineup was carried over from last year, but later in the model year, the Chrysler Royal was added as an entry-level model. It sported the new 360 cui smallblock as standard engine. There was also the New Yorker series, the Town & Country Station Wagons, the sporty 300 series, the Newport Custom and the economical Newport series. Again, all series offered 2dr and 4dr hardtops as well as sedans, except the Town & Country and the 300, the latter being only available in the hardtop body style. 1971 was the last year for the 300 model.

Later in the 1971 model year, the Chrysler Royal was added as an entry-level model. The big news was the new 360 cui, 2-barrel small block V8 engine that came as the standard powerplant. It delivered 255 gross HP and could not be had in any other Chrysler that year. Side trim on Royals stopped behind the front wheel opening and the rear bumper was a little simpler than that of the Newport. The door trim panels had simulated woodgrain appliqués. All Chrysler options, except the 370-HP "TNT" engine, could be ordered with the Royal.

The model sold pretty well. 19,622 sedans, 8,500 two-door hardtops and 5,188 four-door hardtops were produced. The $ 4,597.00 sedan was the cheapest Chrysler that year.

Although the 1971 Royals sport both "Newport" and "Royal" scripts on the car's fender, it wasn't before 1972 until it was officially called the "Newport Royal" which was included in the regular catalog then.

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This is a press photograph of a 1971 Chrysler Newport two-door hardtop with optional sunroof.

Press photo of most likely the same 1971 Chrysler Newport. Note the round outside rearview mirror, indicating that this is probably a pre-production model that was photographed when the more squarely styled 1971 mirror housings were not yet available.

This press photo shows a 1971 Chrysler 300 two-door hardtop with optional cornering lights but no fender mounted turn signals.

Press photo of a 1971 Chrysler Town & Country.
This is an advertisement for the new-for-1971 Chrysler Royal, an entry-level model to invite car buying prospects to "move up to Chrysler". See also the Royal folder (above). The Royal nameplate would stay for awhile.
This is another advertisement for the Royal.
Quite an avantgardistic ad for the Royal. Were aspiring artists ready to move up to Chrysler?
Same Chrysler Royal, different woman.

Yet another ad for the Royal. This one shows a two-door hardtop.
This ad shows a 1971 Chrysler New Yorker two-door hardtop with optional sunroof.
This ad is basically the same as the New Yorker ad shown above. It shows a 1971 Chrysler Newport two-door hardtop, also with optional sunroof. The car depicted is not a Royal, but the copy text also makes reference to the new-for-1971 entry-level model. Note the couple in the photo.
This is a Canadian ad proclaiming that Chrysler is Canada's best selling luxury car. This one shows a 1971 Chrysler New Yorker two-door hardtop.
Yet another Canadian ad, this one showing a 1971 Chrysler 300 two-door hardtop.
Here's a Chrysler Corporation ad promoting the Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth Station Wagons.

This 1971 Chrysler corprate ad praises the virtues of the fuselage design. The rear seat is from a 1970 Chrysler New Yorker, though.

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