Lot 404

Hershey 2018

1949 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible

The Lloyd Needham Collection


$123,750 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



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  • Offered from the Lloyd Needham Collection
  • Very late-production, very rare early 1949 model
  • Special-ordered in this striking hue of Noel Green Metallic
  • Excellent, well-preserved older restoration
Addendum: Please note that this car is in fact a 1949 model, one of the very rare examples produced early in that year using the 1946-48 design. It is, however, not recognized as a CCCA Full Classic.

A dazzling expression of status, the post-war Town and Country convertible was Chrysler’s most glamorous, top-of-the-line vehicle, over 20 percent more costly than the comparable New Yorker upon which it was based. The beautiful wooden bodywork was fabricated by Pekin Wood Products of Helena, Arkansas, with a unique rear deck and taillights, and final forming and fitting at the Chrysler Jefferson Avenue factory in Detroit. Favored by socialites and film stars, the original Town and Country convertible was produced into early 1949.

The convertible offered here, an extremely rare early 1949 model, was originally delivered in this striking special-order color of Noel Green Metallic. Part of Lloyd Needham’s wonderful collection for many years, it was obviously a high-quality restoration, as seen by the superb fit and finish of its wooden and metal body panels, the excellent rich paintwork that flows beautifully over the hood and fenders, and the leather and cloth interior, which is nearly pristine aside from minor stretching. Even the presentation of the dashboard, with glistening hardware, is exceptional. The trunk contains a proper full-size spare and top boot. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer recorded 42,840 miles.

This is a particularly lovely and special example of the “glamour model” – the vivacious and costly Town and Country.