Monterey

Monterey Conference Center
18 - 20 August 2022
Lot 214

1947 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible

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$140,000 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California

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Chassis No.
7403939
Documents
US Title
  • One of 4,332 examples believed to have been produced for 1947, of which few survive
  • Delightful deep blue exterior livery over a blue and tan interior; tan convertible top with blue top boot
  • Luxuriously equipped with three-speed Fluid Drive transmission, power top, and spotlight
  • Wears a well-preserved older restoration; woodwork refinished in 2008 by David Henderson of Classic Woodworks
  • A Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
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Nearly all cars to earn the vaunted status of Classic Car Club of America Full Classic date from the years prior to World War II, when flamboyant styling and exceptional craftsmanship combined to create exclusive rolling sculptures. Chrysler’s beautiful Town and Country models, produced in limited numbers from 1946–1948, are notable exceptions to the rule. Rare when new and rarer today, these artfully design wood-bodied offerings rightly stand among the pre-war greats as Full Classics.

Offered in a range of body styles, the Town and Country models’ many attributes are on full display in this appealing 1947 Convertible. The car makes use of the Chrysler New Yorker’s 127.5-inch wheelbase and running gear, including a 135-horsepower inline-eight engine mated to a three-speed Fluid Drive automatic transmission; luxury features include a power convertible top and electric clock. Here, the striking woodwork is nicely complemented by dark blue exterior paintwork, paired with a blue and tan interior; a tan convertible top is concealed beneath a blue top boot when retracted. A spotlight and wide whitewall tires complete the period-correct appearance.

One of 4,332 examples believed to have been produced for 1947, this Town and Country Convertible is one of the few fortunate survivors extant today. Though much of its early history is at the present unknown, in 2006, this Chrysler entered the stables of Oklahoma collector Karl Blade. Two years later, he commissioned an expert refinishing of its signature wood body executed by specialist David Henderson of Classic Woodworks in Morro Bay, California. Acquired by its present owner, a private collector, in 2012, this wonderful Town and Country Convertible wears its older restoration, and more recently refinished woodwork, beautifully.

Now ready for its next caretaker, 1947 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible evokes the laid-back luxury of a bygone era. A candidate for exhibition, including at CCCA events, it would also make for picture-perfect transportation to one’s summer home or country estate.