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Lot 129

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1947 Chrysler Town and Country Sedan

SOLD $159,600

Estimate

$110,000 - $130,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

71001838

Engine

C38-138694

Car Highlights

Rare Surviving Sedan Version of Chrysler’s Famed Town and Country
Correct Polo Green and Resplendent Wood with a Leather and Plaid Interior
Complete Frame-Off Restoration by Noted Restorer John Munson
Triple Award Winner with 100-Point Score from CCCA in 2018
From a Respected California Collection

Technical Specs

250.6 CID L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single-Barrel Carburetor
114 BHP at 3,600 RPM
4-Speed Semiautomatic Chrysler Fluid Drive Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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Concours-Level Restoration

Chrysler’s Town and Country was recognized as one of the most artistic and expertly crafted automobiles of its time. Built in limited numbers from 1946 through 1948, the jewel in Chrysler’s crown of luxury automobiles featured exquisite hand-formed woodwork with white ash framing on mahogany veneer panels. The Town and Country housed the aptly named “Spitfire” straight six-cylinder engine with the Fluid Drive semiautomatic transmission.

This Town and Country four-door sedan is one of 4,050 built over the threeyear run, and emerged from the factory sporting this lovely Polo Green with a green leather interior and Highlander Plaid accents. Considering the low survival rate of the sedan model, this is very likely one of the most impressive examples extant. Purchased by the consignor for his collection in the late 1990s, it was submitted to John Munson of Ramshead Automobile Collection of Sacramento, California, for a complete frame-off restoration in 2002. Over two years of exacting restoration, every aspect of the woodie was addressed, and the results are substantiated by awards for Best of Show at the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance and Best in Class at the Niello Concours at Serrano in 2004, and a 100-point score by the CCCA in 2018 with a Senior Badge honor.

As one of the last wood-bodied automobiles ever produced, the 1947 Town and Country was the pinnacle of exceptional craftsmanship, and this superbly presented sedan is a rare survivor of an almost extinct breed.