<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290

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Lot 355
In the present family ownership from new
1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

US$ 100,000 - 130,000
£ 80,000 - 100,000
Amended
1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
Chassis no. 7407270
Engine no. C39-67290

324ci L-head inline eight-cylinder engine
Single Stromberg carburetor
135bhp at 3,400rpm
Fluid-drive transmission
Independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes

*Time-warp example
*Popular 40s Woodie Icon
*Open Town and Country
*Desirable Newport Blue paint scheme


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

Among surviving examples of this model, this car may well be unique, certainly in terms of its provenance. Back in 1948, the owner's family participated in a raffle, which they won, the prize being this Chrysler! To appreciate their prize, one need not look into archive photos of the car, because it has never been restored, in fact, according to its owners until its arrival in Philadelphia for the auction it rarely even left the town of Monrovia, California where it was delivered to... The most noted occasion that it did was a cross country run to New York City and Washington DC in 1958. As verified by a service sticker accrued on that journey in its door jamb, the mileage by July 31 that year was 36,310. After which its use was certainly more sporadic and latterly led to it being carefully stored.

As can be seen, and verified by its build tag, the car was built and finished in arguably the best looking scheme for these cars, Newport Blue paintwork, with an interior of blue leather and Taupe Bedford Cord. It came equipped with a PhilCo. Model 802 Radio, with concealed manual antenna fitted on the left-hand side of the cowl, and interior heater.

The car is a remarkable time-warp example, which demonstrates precisely the finishes and quality of the product that Chrysler offered in those days. It deserves close inspection and to view it is very rewarding, the car retaining details such as chalk marked scripts in the hood area, factory approval tags etc., even a gauze panel ahead of the radiator is intact.

In 2017 Bonhams has brought a diverse range of one owner cars to the market, from 1959 AC Ace Bristol, to the record breaking 1994 McLaren F1, this latest one off, one owner car follows in those footsteps.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this car is titled under the engine number C3967290.
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<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
<b>1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible</b><br />Chassis no. 7407270<br />Engine no. C39-67290
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