Lot 12

2017   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2017

1948 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible

SOLD $99,000


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



Car Highlights

America’s Last Wood-Bodied Convertible Model
High-Quality Mechanical and Cosmetic Restoration
Limited Production with Few Remaining
CCCA Full Classic
Indispensable Part of Postwar Americana

Technical Specs

324 CID L-Head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Stromberg 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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Following WWII, Chrysler reintroduced its Town and Country that had first appeared in 1941. Named for its steel hood and fenders representing “Town” and a wood-framed body evoking “Country,” the charming cars were at the top of the Chrysler product line. The upscale line offered a finely trimmed interior with Art Deco-inspired elements, and the convertible featured a power-operated canvas top as standard equipment.

Attractively finished in Noel Green Metallic, this Town and Country Convertible’s two-tone cream interior and tan convertible top are accented with brown piping. The Chrysler underwent a high-quality restoration about 10 years ago by the well-respected Spencer Guder of Spencer Restorations in Canterbury, Connecticut, and receipts and invoices accompany the sale. Well-equipped with a radio, heater, amber driving lights, and dual spotlights, it has been driven about 100 miles since the restoration’s completion, and today this woodie remains very presentable overall and is stated to perform as it should. The paint and the White Ash woodwork exhibit a deep luster and shine, and the interior shows particularly well.

These wood-bodied Chryslers are among the most collectible American postwar automobiles, and are accepted as Full Classics by the Classic Car Club of America. Few survive today, while even fewer compare to the example offered.