Lot 120

2017   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2017

1948 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible

SOLD $77,000


$120,000 - $140,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Highly Desirable American Collectible
Exceptional Handcrafted Wood Paneling
Gorgeous Color Combination
CCCA Full Classic Status
Maintained in Two Collections for 25 Years

Technical Specs

324 CID L-Head Spitfire 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Carter Carburetor
135 HP at 3,400 RPM
3-Speed Fluid Drive Semiautomatic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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When the Town and Country was launched in 1946, no expense was spared. It was built to captivate an elite clientele capable of appreciating the skilled craftsmanship of hand-finished wood paneling more suited to a top marque yacht yard than an automobile factory. While these wood-bodied automobiles were stunning to look at, they required peak maintenance, as can be seen in the exceptional care that has been taken of this example.

Restored by a collector in Denver in the 1990s, this Town and Country retains an authenticity that is rare for woodie models. The engine was overhauled and the body removed from the frame and repainted in its original Catalina Tan. The interior was reupholstered in the correct burgundy leather with Bedford Cord tan cloth, and the ashwood framing was refinished while the contrast panels were replaced with the correct Di-Noc material, as used in 1948.

In 2003, the car was acquired by the consignor for her father. Although the Chrysler saw little time on the road, it was lovingly stored and maintained. It is stated to drive splendidly and the convertible top (which required 12 men to install in 1948) is operational.

Accredited as a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA), this beautifully presented Chrysler carries the essence of Americana. With its dramatic road presence, it can be toured and exhibited to the delight of a new owner.