1948 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan  Chassis no. 71003985
Lot 308
1948 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan Chassis no. 71003985
US$ 100,000 - 120,000
£59,000 - 71,000
Lot Details
1948 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan
Chassis no. 71003985
251ci L-head inline six-cylinder engine
Single Stromberg carburetor
114bhp at 3,600rpm
Fluid-drive transmission
Independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes

-Offered from long term ownership
-Original wood
-Attractive plaid interior

The Town & Country Sedan

In 1941, Chrysler introduced a unique wood-bodied car to the six-cylinder Royal line. Neither sedan nor station wagon, it had a fastback profile with twin hinged 'barn doors' at the rear. In contrast to most wood-bodied utility vehicles, the new Town & Country had lavishly-varnished wood inside and quality upholstery. Exactly 999 were built, 200 of them in six-passenger configuration and the rest with three bench seats to hold nine people. In addition, a single prototype was built on an eight-cylinder chassis. A similar lineup was continued into 1942, with nearly identical production despite the war-shortened model year.

The response to the Town & Country was such that an expanded range was planned for 1946. Seven prototype hardtop coupes were built, along with a single two-door Brougham, but a planned roadster never saw the light of day. Once the assembly lines started rolling, only an eight-cylinder convertible coupe joined the sedan, which was built in both six- and eight-cylinder form. The long-wheelbase eight-cylinder sedans, however, were discontinued after 100 had been completed. From 1946 through the first series cars of 1949 (which were identical to the 1948s), 4,149 Town & Country sedans were built, along with 8,368 convertibles. The new-design, second-series 1949 line dropped the T&C sedan, and for 1950 the model retreated to an eight-cylinder hardtop coupe with painted insert panels. Thereafter, the name 'Town & Country' designated a long succession of Chrysler steel-bodied station wagons.

The Motorcar Offered

With livery close to the Regal Maroon that Chrysler also offered on these models, this example's body tag also notes that it was fitted (as it remains) with a Philco 8 tube Model 802 radio and concealed cowl manual antenna. Other features of its inside include a heater and its attractive maroon fabric upholstery with plaid inserts.

Its owner reports that he has been the car's custodian for more than twenty years and that, prior to arrival in his collection, it was domiciled in upstate New York. Importantly, it is thought that the woodwork which is in very fine and attractive order, is both original and has not been restored. Completing its exterior presentation is a roof rack and dual spotlights.

Wood-bodied cars have a big following. The Chrysler Town & Country Sedan was one of the original crossover vehicles, with the style and practicality of a woody station wagon and the comfort of a sedan. This car represents a chance to acquire one of the most stylish and practical automobiles of the post-World War II era.
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