Joining the Chrysler model line-up in 1961 was the Chrysler Newport, which was known for its dependability and less-expensive price. Introduced by Chrysler as the "Cheap Chrysler," Newport offered great alternative for higher-priced cars including Chrysler's own cars, the Windsor, Imperial and the New Yorker. The Newport offered more variety, which made it more appealing to a larger number of auto users. On its first year, it was available in four-door sedan, two- and four-door sedan and coupe, two-door convertible and six- and nine-seater station wagons. All these Newport cars carried a 361 ci 265-hp 2bbl V8 engine.
The Newports featured a flat and broad body design. In 1963, it was redesigned, giving it a much broader look. Two years after, it was again redesigned, making it three inches longer (from 215.3 inches). Also in this year, the engine was upgraded to 270-hp and 383 ci. A 315-hp 4bbl engine was offered as an option. Production of Newport convertibles reached its peak this year, with about 3,192 units produced. In 1997, the convertibles were the only regular Newport models out in the market. Launched this year was the Newport Custom, which carried more standard equipments than the regular Newports.
Most of the changes mad to the Newport were on the engine. In 1968, the 381ci's power output was increased to 290-hp. The available 440ci TNT engine delivered an impressive 325-hp. This year's Chrysler Newport was highlighted by the new woodgrain exterior, which lasted for another year. For the following year model, a new "fuselage" body styling was out in the market. This time, the Town and Country version, which was introduced earlier, was sold as a new Chrysler model, separate from the Newport cars.
Last 1,124 Chrysler Newport convertibles rolled off the production line in 1970. Like other Newports produced this year, an optional 440ci 335-hp engine was offered. This year's model line-up featured a limited Newport edition, known as the Cordoba Newport. Notable features of this Newport include the aztec badge, brown finish and interior. In 1971, the "Royal" nameplate for Chryslers was back in the scene since the 1950s. The Royal models were equipped with the exclusive 360ci 255-hp V8 engine. The rest of the Newports got a 383ci 255-hp engine under the hood. Just for the following year, the Royal Newport replaced the standard Chrysler Newport, but the engine output were made lower due to the new Federal laws that time. The "fuselage" body design was changed in 1974 and the Newport got shorter. The Newport was discontinued in 1981 giving way to smaller and more fuel-efficient Chrysler cars.