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Lot 49

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1948 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible

SOLD $132,000

Estimate

$120,000 - $150,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

7407588

Engine

C327011-5

Car Highlights

Limited-Production Top-of-Line Model
CCCA Full Classic; Multiple Award Winner
Rare and Handsome Livery Including Tartan Plaid Interior
California Car Prior to Frame-Off Restoration
Accompanied by Photo Book, Cover, and Manuals

Technical Specs

324 CID L-Head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
135 HP at 3,400 RPM
3-Speed Fluid Drive Semi-Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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A far cry from the utilitarian options that gave rise to the working Woodies of the 1930s and 1940s, the Town and Country originated from drawings penned circa 1938 by Chrysler’s “Buzz” Grisinger. Chrysler Corporation General Manager Dave Wallace then championed the idea as a limited-production vehicle to generate showroom traffic. The first Town and Country models were sold for 1941 and 1942, and while production halted with the US entry into WWII, the Town and Country returned for 1946–1948 with a low-production sedan and dashing convertible.

This 1948 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible was found unrestored in California. Eventually it was treated to a frame-off restoration that was completed in 2008. Soon after, the consignor, a knowledgeable East Coast collector, purchased it and fitted a set of period-style radial tires, re-varnished the wooden trim, added seat belts, and sorted the cooling system. During his ownership, the Town and Country has enjoyed success on the show field, winning multiple awards including Best of Show at the Daffodil Festival on Nantucket and Best in Class at the Endicott Estate event at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum.

Featuring exceptional Tartan Plaid upholstery, this majestic and rare Town and Country is accompanied by a photo book, jack, car cover, owner’s manual, and shop manual, and stands ready to show and enjoy. Eligible for numerous concours events and recently granted Full Classic status by the Classic Car Club of America, this is a wonderfully versatile and elegant Chrysler.