1950 Chrysler Town & Country Hardtop Coupe  Chassis no. 7411908

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 223
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Hardtop Coupe
Chassis no. 7411908

US$ 65,000 - 85,000
£ 49,000 - 64,000
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Hardtop Coupe
Chassis no. 7411908
Body No. 1412

Chrysler’s Town & Country models were far and away the most popular of the wood-bodied specialty cars of the 1940s, but by the end of the decade sales of the expensive to produce body style were fading. After producing one thousand Town & Country convertibles in its second-series 1949 line, Chrysler shifted gears and offered the Town & Country only as a hardtop coupe for 1950. Built on the New Yorker chassis it was Chrysler’s top-of-the-line model. Priced at $4,003, it was about 15% more than the most expensive coupes sold by Cadillac and Lincoln.

By this time, the ornamental wood side panels had been eliminated. The body panels were steel, painted to match the hood and fenders, framed and outlined in varnished timber. Chrysler pioneered the use of disc brakes, a novel self-energizing design, with the 1949 Crown Imperial. For 1950 the system was made standard on the Town & Country. It gave the cars outstanding stopping power, but, when maintenance was required, it was usually removed and replaced with conventional Chrysler drum brakes. Although the drum brakes were more familiar to the mechanics of the time, they were marginal at best on these heavy cars.

Just 700 Town & Countries were built in 1950, making this the lowest production year for the model. Fewer than 80 of this last series of wooden Chryslers are known to survive. In 1951, the Town & Country name appeared only on a line of steel-bodied station wagons.

Sold for the first time by the original owner in 1982, this Town & Country then moved to a private museum, where it accumulated fewer than 1,000 miles in the subsequent 25 years. This vehicle is in good, sound original condition. The chassis and body are extremely solid and absolutely rust free. Clearly the car has been carefully stored and maintained and never exposed to corrosive highway salt.

When purchased by the current owner it had been laid up for many years. It was not running and received a thorough fuel system cleaning and engine tune up. The starter was rebuilt, a new heater core fitted and new fuel and water pumps installed. The owner chose to thoroughly refurbish the disc brakes rather than compromise the originality by converting to drums. They now stop the car well and, because they are almost never encountered today, surely enhance its collectability. The tires are new. All gauges and electrical items are operational, with the exception of the tube-type radio, which just hums.

The Juniper Green paint is fair to good – it has been polished through in some areas and shows signs of having been touched up in others, though it has never been fully repainted. The original wood is in remarkable condition, further attesting to the excellent care the car has received. The brightwork is also mostly good, with the exception of the front bumper, which is extensively scratched. The interior is sound and original, its wear commensurate with the indicated mileage of 49,000, rather than its age.

It comes complete with its original jack and handle, the latter still in original packing, and a 1950 Pennsylvania license plate. Documenting the complete ownership history are the original Pennsylvania title plus the second and last title issued in 1982. This is an uncommon opportunity to acquire a mechanically sound, exceptionally well-preserved and highly original Town & Country from the model’s final season.
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Hardtop Coupe  Chassis no. 7411908
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Hardtop Coupe  Chassis no. 7411908
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Hardtop Coupe  Chassis no. 7411908
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Hardtop Coupe  Chassis no. 7411908
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Hardtop Coupe  Chassis no. 7411908
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Hardtop Coupe  Chassis no. 7411908
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations


If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalog.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card for returning clients only. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.