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Lot 138

2016   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2016

1948 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible

SOLD $104,500

Estimate

$90,000 - $110,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

7407812

Car Highlights

Chrysler’s Top-of-the-Line Offering in 1948
Dutifully Maintained by Two Long-Term Owners
Superb and Rare Color Combination
Unusually Original, Largely Unrestored Example
CCCA Full Classic Status

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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Introduced in 1946, Chrysler’s Town and Country was aimed at an elite clientele – it was expensive to build, expensive to buy, and required specialized care for its elegant wood trim comprised of white ash and contrasting mahogany panels. Due to their unique construction, the vast majority of surviving examples have been comprehensively restored, making a largely original convertible such as this a truly exceptional find.

The consignor reports that this outstanding example was purchased new by Charles and Betty Miller of Sacramento, California, and delivered in Catalina Tan, a rare promotional color. The Millers rarely drove the car, but cared for it meticulously, wiping it only with a damp chamois to preserve the wood. The couple moved to Arlington, Virginia, where in the mid-1960s, Norm Deckard acquired the Town and Country. The current owner purchased it from Mr. Deckard in 2015. Other than a repaint in the original color and the replacement of the convertible top, this Town and Country is extremely well preserved. The interior of maroon leather and tan cloth is said to be original and displays a wonderful patina.

As the Town and Country has recently been accredited with Full Classic status by the CCCA, making it eligible for tours and events, this is a particularly charming and versatile classic – just as Chrysler had intended in 1948.