1952 Chrysler Cars Fact Sheet

Chrysler Cleans Up
The Styling a Bit
for 1952


Chryslers were only slightly changed from the 1951 models, in most cases due to Korean War restrictions. The number of choices in each line was also limited.



General Year Information

Chryslers were only slightly changed from the 1952 models, but the number of choices in each line were further limited. Backup lamps were now integrated into the tail lamp itself, rather than on the deck lid. As in 1951, the grille was a horizontal opening framed by two chrome bars. Parking lamps were located directly below the headlamps and part of the top bar’s side molding, that wrapped completely around the front end with a chrome bar that ran rearward to the middle of the once again wrapped around the rear roof area, emulating the style and theme of the 1950 Newport hardtop.

Rear styling still duplicated the 1950 Chrysler, with the 1951 bumper design. Interiors remained the same and the dash panel continued its padded design similar to the 1951 car.

The Windsor’s I-6 L-Head’s displacement was increased to 264.5 CID. While horsepower rose only a few, pulling power was increased due to more torque. The public was demanding more performance in their luxury cars, and the old six still lagged behind other brands. Holding on to this reliable but laggeredly engine would hurt Chrysler’s image, The current L-Head six was forced out of service in 1955, but it shoul dhave been gone before that.


Models Offered

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WINDSOR SERIES C51 (6-CYL): Windsor, the lowest-priced Chrysler, that had replaced the Royal in the previous year, was a continuation of the 1951 model with only a minor change in tail lamp design. “Windsor” nameplates were located on the front fenders, above the trim moldings. Town & Country station wagons were still a part of the Windsor Series. The 2-door Club Coupe, 4-door Sedan, Station Wagon and long wheelbase model were still offered. Standard equipment mirrored 1951.

WINDSOR DELUXE C51-2 (6-CYL): The Windsor DeLuxe was identified externally by the use of  “Windsor DeLuxe” as a nameplate on the front fender, above the wheelhouse opening. The Prestomatic Fluid Drive transmission was standard on this model. The new larger six-cylinder engine and tail lamp change were all that was significant for the line this year. The Club Coupe, the Traveler, and the eight-passenger models were dropped. Interior appointments were slightly upgraded over 1951 and over the Windsor series.  

SARATOGA SERIES C55 – 8-CYLINDER:  The Saratoga continued unchanged from the 1951 model, with only the tail lamp design with integral backup lamp as new. The eight-passenger limousine was offered in 1952, but only on special order. “Saratoga” nameplates were located on the front fenders and a the “V” ornament graced the hood and deck lid, denoting the Hemi V8. The Prestomatic Fluid Drive transmission was standard equipment. A Town & Country wagon was still part of this series and continued with V-8 power.

NEW YORKER SERIES C52 – 8-CYLINDER: The 1952 New Yorker was also a continuation of the 1951 model with the only change being the tail lamps, The Club Coupe and Town & Country wagons were dropped with the onset of 1952 production. Wheelbase was still 131.5″. As in 1951, the V-8 powered New Yorker was identified by large “V” ornaments on the hood and deck lid.  “New Yorker” nameplates were placed on the front fenders. Side trim on the rear fender began above the stone shield, then dipped abruptly before continuing, horizontally, to the rear. The dash panel continued its padded design and remained similar to the previous year.   


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Windsor and Windsor DeLuxe Series Engine.
L-head six-cylinder. Cast iron block. 264.5 cubic inches. Bore and stroke: 3.438 x 4.75 inches. Compression ratio: 7.0:1. Horsepower: 119 @ 3600 RPM. Torque: 218 ft. lbs. @ 1600 RPM. Five main bearings. Carburetors: – Standard shift – Ball and Ball Model Ball and BallEX1R or EX2R; Fluid Drive M-6 transmission – B-B E9A1 Carter or Stromberg 380349.

Saratoga and New Yorker Series Engine.
V-8 overhead valve, Hemispherical Combustion Chambers. Cast Iron Block. Displacement: 331.1 CID. Bore and stroke: 3.81″ x 3.63″. Horsepower: 180 @ 4000 RPM. Torque: 312 ft. lbs. @ 2000 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Compression ratio: 7.5:1. Carburetors: Carter WCD 9315, 931SA, 931SB, or 931CS.

Chassis Features

    • Wheelbase: Wheelbase: Windsor, Windsor DeLuxe and Saratoga: Long wheelbase models – 139.5″ Others – 125.5″. New Yorker: Wheelbase: 131.5″.
    • Overall length: Windsor: 202.5″; Windsor DeLuxe and Saratoga: 207.8″; Long wheelbase cars: 222.1″ ; New Yorker: 214.0125″.
    • Front tread: All except Limousine: 57.25″,
    • Rear tread: All except Limousine: 58.282″, Limousine 66.0″.
    • Overall width: All except Limousine: 75.125″ Limousine: 80.875″.
    • Tires: Windsor, Windsor DeLuxe, Saratoga, long wheelbase cars and Station Wagon: 8.20 x 15, Windsor, Windsor DeLuxe and Saratoga short wheelbase cars: 7.60 x 15. New Yorker: 8.20 x 15. White walls available at extra cost.

Significant Options

    • Electric windows lifts.
    • Exhaust deflector.
    • Fluid-Torque Drive (Windsor).
    • Fog lamps.
    • Locking gas cap.
    • Outside rear view mirror.
    • Power steering.
    • Solex Glass
    • Spare tire valve extension.
    • Sun visor.
    • Vanity mirror.
    • White side wall tires.
    • Windshield washer.

Powertrain Options

    • Windsor: Three-speed manual transmission standard with Fluid Drive optional.
    • Windsor DeLuxe, Saratoga and New Yorker: Fluid Drive hydraulically operated M-6 transmission standard.

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