1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible  Chassis no. 7410234 Engine no. C46-18557

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1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
Chassis no. 7410234 Engine no. C46-18557

Sold for US$ 80,500 inc. premium
1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
Chassis no. 7410234
Engine no. C46-18557
*324-cid L-head 8-cylinder
*Presto-matic semi-automatic transmission

*Extensive recent service work
*America's last wood-bodied convertible
*Documented ownership from new

What did it mean to be affluent in Depression-era America? A weekend home a few hours away was not an uncommon blessing for the aristocratic. Station wagons in particular reflected a certain level of prestige for the select few, and the names of Buick's Estate Wagon and Chrysler's Town & Country reflected this lifestyle.

In Chrysler's case, the Town & Country was introduced in 1941 as a wagon in the Royal Six series. It used a steel top and body covered with white ash framing and mahogany veneer panels over metal doors. After the war effort, Chrysler promoted the 1946 Town & Country as a complete line of cars, eliminating the wagon but introducing a 4-door sedan, convertible, and 2-door sedan and hardtop variants (the latter two not going beyond prototype/pilot production). Only the convertible would survive Chrysler's first post-war redesign in 1949.

Despite a redesign that could be considered dowdy in comparison to the competition, the 1949 Town & Country was quite possibly the sportiest car in the American auto industry at the time. Built on the C-46 series chassis – the same as the 8-cyl. New Yorker and Saratoga – the Town & Country continued to use ash trim but the body panels were now metal. However, woodies were falling out of favor in burgeoning post-war America, and the Town & Country's swan song would continue as a 2-door hardtop for 1950. The 1949 model, as offered here, ended up being the last wood-bodied convertible built in the U.S. and, with only 993 produced, a scarce one.

A Presbyterian minister in Spokane purchased this Gulf Green example from a farmer in Colfax, Washington around 1951-52. He drove the car until his death in 1958, upon which his wife drove it through the early-1960s. Their daughter subsequently paid $100 and used it as her driver while attending college. She sold it in 2001 as a well-kept original with 101,599 miles, at which time it was refurbished cosmetically while receiving an engine rebuild as well as other maintenance items. The current owner, the secretary for the Town & Country chapter of the National Woody Club, has owned this Chrysler since 2005. He has made a host of improvements including new brake master cylinder, a rebuilt fuel pump and water pump, new wheel cylinders and front brake shoes, new oil pump seal, and new trunk carpeting, among other items. This 1949 Town & Country boasts an unbroken chain of ownership, and its inviting Antique Green leather interior beckons the driver to indulge in some relaxed cruising around town or out in the country.
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1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible  Chassis no. 7410234 Engine no. C46-18557
1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible  Chassis no. 7410234 Engine no. C46-18557
1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible  Chassis no. 7410234 Engine no. C46-18557
1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible  Chassis no. 7410234 Engine no. C46-18557
1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible  Chassis no. 7410234 Engine no. C46-18557
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