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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.