1946 Chrysler Town & Country ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $150,000-$200,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $187,000

135bhp, 323.5 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, Fluid Drive automatic transmission, front and rear coil springs and shock absorbers, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 121.5"

"They go well together – Orchids and the Chrysler Town & Country – perfect background for those to whom distinction comes naturally. There ’ s an air about this glorious convertible – a whisper of country clubs and moonlight rides – There ’ s poise in every dashing line – a car that ’ s at ease in any company." – 1946 Chrysler Advertising

That was the image behind the car, an image that shifted the focus from soldier to citizen, from time served – to time to enjoy. The war was over, so Chrysler, along with every auto manufacturer in the world, eagerly sought to capture and hold the public ’ s attention. The Town & Country was the perfect car to do that.

As swiftly as the production of civilian cars came to an abrupt halt at the onset World War II, it was resumed with nearly twice the speed in 1946. The Big Three scrambled to meet the imminent demand of excited new car buyers; however, Chrysler did so with a creative gusto that helped make some of their cars immediately sought after by world ’ s rich and famous. Cleverly constructed using the easy to acquire white ash and mahogany wood panels and framing, designers were able to craft an unmistakable appearance without scrambling for steel. Though the car itself was on the heavy side, the Spitfire eight-cylinder engine helped the Town & Country float almost effortlessly along and up almost any road with little concern.

This Town & Country is without question one of the best we've ever seen. It is one of the first to be produced after World War II and was professionally restored to concours quality condition. Its body-off restoration was painstakingly documented over the course of two years in 24 issues of Cars & Parts magazine, with detailed photographs showing every step of the meticulous and expensive process. The cost to duplicate this car would easily exceed $200,000. Steve Glazier and John Bastian at Bastian Automotive Restoration in Ohio performed much of the work, as documented in the magazines, which included the bodywork, paintwork, and mechanical work. The chrome was completed by the experts at Custom Chrome Plating Inc. The exterior is finished in the correct Royal Maroon, the interior is upholstered in burgundy leather and beige cloth, and the top is maroon; overall, the Town & Country is in uncompromised show quality condition. In fact, in February of this year the Town & Country won a Platinum Award in the Late Classic 1935-1948 category of the Boca Raton Concours d ’ Elegance.

The 1946 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible epitomizes the grandness and elegance of the Town & Country better than any other model. They are the most recognizable and familiar of the model line, however they were and still are far from common by automotive standards. Once the realm of only the most eccentric of collectors, “ woodies ” have come into their own as true collectibles. They are an iconic piece of American culture and represent automotive craftsmanship at its absolute finest. This Town & Country is a truly appropriate example of why. Its stunning burgundy leather interior is a sight to be seen, the quality of the restoration is unmistakable and the overall mechanical operating condition is first rate. Accordingly, this 1946 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible, though the most numerous within the collector ’ s circle, is in a class all its own.

Reference Number 11134

as of 7/12/2007

Car 1946 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
VIN 7400604 
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