Santa Monica

Barker Hangar
24 June 2017
Lot 188

1948 Chrysler Town and Country

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$67,100 USD | Sold

United States | Santa Monica, California

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Identification No.
7406635
  • Offered from a prominent private collection
  • Largely original with only cosmetic restoration since new
  • Only 64,556 miles, believed to be actual
  • Beautiful, factory-correct color scheme
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
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The Chrysler Town and Country was introduced in 1941 as a wood-bodied car with the same basic lines as Chrysler’s steel-bodied models, yet one that also had greater refinement, quality, panache, and a level of artistry that recalled a bygone era. In fact, its ash and mahogany-framed body, which was hand-built with techniques more closely associated with fine wooden boat construction, projected an image of affluence and leisure that increased traffic at Chrysler dealerships nationwide.

For 1946 the convertible coupe variant was introduced, based on the upscale New Yorker series and, with a starting price of $3,420, the most expensive Chrysler model available. While about 8,400 examples were built in 1948, only few survive today.

The car offered here is largely original, including its refinished woodwork, while the body has been repainted the authentic special-order color of Seacrest Green with a green and tan leather interior and tan canvas convertible top. Accessories include an under-dashboard heater, driving lights, and a driver’s side spotlight. Equipped with the semi-automatic two-speed transmission with Fluid Drive and Chrysler’s L-head 323 cu. in. straight eight, the Town and Country records 64,556 miles, believed to be actual, at the time of cataloguing.

This is a beautiful example of one of Chrysler’s most prestigious post-war models, now recognized as a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America.