Lot 260

Hershey 2017

1949 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible

The Thomas F. Derro Collection


$77,000 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



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  • Offered from The Thomas F. Derro Collection
  • One of fewer than 1,000 produced
  • Well-kept restoration in wonderful original colors
  • Former special award winner at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

The year 1949 marked Chrysler’s 25th anniversary, and the firm introduced its all-new post-war models in March of that year. Included was an equally new Town and Country model that now featured an all-steel structure. This was the first “T&C” that did not include the white ash framing as part of the structure of the car. Chrysler claimed greater safety, durability, and ease of maintenance. Gone was the four-door sedan, and two models were offered: the convertible and a new two-door hardtop coupe (though none of the latter was produced). Just 993 convertible models were completed by year’s end. Initially, Di-Noc mahogany panels accented the ash framing, but during the model run they were eliminated and the inset panels were now painted the same color as the body.

The Derro Collection’s Town and Country was one of the last 50 examples produced. It is finished in its original color of Indian Maroon, with the correct red leather and beige cloth interior – both of which match the trim tag under the hood – as well as chrome wire wheels. Fully restored in 1991, it was later enjoyed for several years by the well-known enthusiast, Bruce Earlin of Milford, Pennsylvania, in whose ownership it won a special award at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2006. Fresh off the field, it was sold to Thomas F. Derro, and has been well preserved since in his collection, with its paint, woodwork, and interior remaining in fine overall order and appearing nearly freshly done. Recently it underwent a full detailing and brake service in preparation for this sale.

This is a lovely example of one of the most evocative and elegant automobiles of its era, well-loved by enthusiasts for over three decades.