1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
Chassis no. 7406235
Engine no. C39-58169
324ci L-head inline eight-cylinder engine
Single Stromberg carburetor
135bhp at 3,400rpm
Independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
-Open Town and Country
-Prize winning example
The Town & Country
Wood-bodied station wagons began as utility vehicles, often cataloged in the manufacturers' commercial lines. During the 1930s, however, the style developed a certain vogue, particularly as prestige manufacturers like Packard and Chrysler began offering them. In 1941, Chrysler created a sensation with the Town & Country, a stylish barrel-backed four-door wood-bodied station wagon. Based on the six-cylinder Windsor line, it came in either six- or eight-passenger form and had swing-open clamshell doors at the rear. About 2,000 were built in 1941 and '42 before automobile production was suspended for World War II.
After the war, Chrysler had designs on a vastly expanded Town & Country line, and made plans for five body styles. The sedan-wagon was eliminated, but a brochure was published for two- and four-door sedans, a three-passenger roadster, and both hardtop and soft-top convertibles. In the end, only the four-door and the soft-top made it to production. Reportedly seven prototype hardtops were built, and a single two-door; the roadsters seen on the auction circuit are latter-day replicas. Production sedans were Windsor sixes, convertibles were in the eight-cylinder New Yorker line.
A prime example of Chrysler's flagship of the postwar period, a Town & Country convertible is a desirable addition to any collection.
The Motorcar Offered
This outstanding example shows 77,630 miles, which is believed to be from new. The interior is finished completely in striking blue leather upholstery, a rare option back in 1948 (supposedly only 10% were ordered with the leather option). It is complemented with grey Wilton wool carpeting and is well appointed with a plethora of factory correct accessories including the dual cowl-mounted spotlights, dual side-view mirrors, dual amber colored fog lights, rear view mirrors, a deluxe push-button AM radio, a clock, optional dual MoPar Model 54 heater units, front and rear bumper guards, and wide whitewall Firestone Deluxe Champion Gum Dipped 8.20 15 tires mounted on steel wheels.
Approaching a decade in its current ownership and having been acquired at a Florida auction, and is reported to have been the subject of a restoration prior to arrival in this ownership. In the current ownership, in 2007 this attractive convertible 'Woodie' was shown at the Newport, Rhode Island Concours where it rather appropriately received the 'Best Newport' award. That same year, it gained second in the Post War Convertible Class at the Stowe Fall show. More recently, it was exhibited at the Boston Cup last fall, garnering the 'City of Boston Commissioner's Cup'.
All of these awards are testament to both the car and the enduring appeal of the model. A Town and Country is one of the easiest tickets to simply step back in time and revel in the warmth and fun of another era. Top up or top down, this is a spectacular ride whether your travels take you to town or out in the country.