<b>1948 Chrysler TOWN & COUNTRY CONVERTIBLE</b><br />Chassis no. 7407063<br />Engine no. C39-65051
Lot 189
1948 Chrysler TOWN & COUNTRY CONVERTIBLE
US$ 90,000 - 120,000
£68,000 - 91,000

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1948 Chrysler TOWN & COUNTRY CONVERTIBLE
Chassis no. 7407063
Engine no. C39-65051

5,302 cc L-Head Inline 8-cylinder Engine
Carter Dual Downdraft Carburetor
135bhp at 3,400rpm
Fluid Drive 4-Speed Semi-Automatic Transmission
Independent Front and Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Sought after T&C Convertible
*CCCA Full Classic®
*Good, older restoration
*Carefully restored woodwork


THE CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY

Such was the demand for vehicles in the immediate aftermath of WW II that the 1946 Chryslers – like most other American makes – reappeared looking much the same as they had in 1942. One difference in the model line-up was that the wood-embellished Town & Country model, previously available only as a station wagon, was now made either as a sedan or two-door convertible on both the New Yorker (8-cylinder) and Windsor (6-cylinder) chassis.

With their contrasting ash framing, mahogany veneer and steel panels, while boasting a level of finish that would be the envy of the finest yachts, these new Town & Country models were certainly very striking. They were also the best-equipped and most expensive models in the Chrysler range. Today they are among the most highly prized American automobiles of their era.

THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

Town & Country Convertibles always attract attention but this beautifully finished Newport Blue over brown and tan leather and cloth seats flies above the rest. Delivered new to North Carolina, it is understood to have been found in a South Carolinian estate in the 1990s and was the recipient of a comprehensive restoration in the late-1990s.

The car, which was believed to have had 37,000 original miles when the restoration was started, was entrusted to a California restorer who specialized in woodies. Thoroughly disassembled, but not to the point of removing the body from the frame as the condition was such that it was not necessary, the original metal was understood to have indicated a life of dry storage. Reassembled and repainted in brilliant and rich Newport Blue, the original white ash was stripped and urethane coated while the darker insert panels were fitted correct-type handpainted woodgrain decals—similar to how the car would have been outfitted originally. The interior was retrimmed by VIP European Auto Interiors with the original patterns and stitching carefully replicated. The top frame was also torn down, bead blasted and powder coated while the chrome hardware was redone. The fabric top was replicated with the correct-style snaps and zippers in the rear window. As would be expected of a restoration of this quality, new-old-stock parts were used where ever possible.

Sold in Los Angeles in the summer of 1999, it would come into the collection of the present owner a few years later and has been in his collection for more than a decade. The restoration has mellowed nicely over the last score of years, but it still shows very well. The fit of the panels is consistent with what one would find in a nicely preserved car and shows the care taken during the restoration to maintain as much of the original handiwork as possible. The wood similarly shows well but could use some lightly refinishing in a few places—but is all very serviceable.

The last of the true woodies, this Chrysler is a CCCA Full Classic® would make a brilliant and comfortable tour car. Alternatively, one can enjoy it for how it was originally intended—on any sunny day for a nice drive!

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