From the LeMay Collection,1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport Coupe  Chassis no. C497767

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From the LeMay Collection, 1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport Coupe
Chassis no. C497767

Sold for US$ 29,250 inc. premium
From the LeMay Collection
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport Coupe
Chassis no. C497767
The Chrysler Town & Country ‘woodie’ was a very exclusive but much desired American luxury car in the years immediately following World War II. Built in both convertible and sedan styles during 1946-1948, the T&C was produced only as a convertible in Chrysler's restyled 1949 Silver Anniversary line. The next year, Chrysler offered the Town & Country exclusively as a 2-door hardtop. The 698 T&C hardtops built for 1950 would be the last of Chrysler's illustrious and prestigious woodies.

Chrysler called their new 1950 two-door hardtop style the "Newport." Marrying the handsome Chrysler hardtop roofline to the T&C's wood-accented body produced a most attractive automobile. The metal roof was painted white, furthering the "convertible hardtop" look. A "Clearbac" wrap-around rear window design distinguished the Chrysler hardtop design.

The T&C body panels were steel, with a liberal application of richly varnished ash making up the exterior wood framing. This gave the car all the cachet of a true woodie, while eliminating the potential tribulations associated with fully wooden structures.

The 1950 T&C was built on Chrysler's New Yorker chassis and powered by that Series' powerful and smooth 323.5ci straight eight engine. A Prestomatic transmission with Fluid Drive enabled semi-automatic gear changes. This large but extremely graceful car rode on a 131.5-inch wheelbase. Its 223-inch overall length made it the longest two-door American car of its era.

In a non-original, yet striking green livery, this example shows well, with an excellent coordinated green interior. The wood is said also to be in excellent condition. A great timeless American classic.

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From the LeMay Collection,1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport Coupe  Chassis no. C497767
From the LeMay Collection,1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport Coupe  Chassis no. C497767
From the LeMay Collection,1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport Coupe  Chassis no. C497767
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