1948 Chrysler Town & Country ConvertibleSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $140,000 - $180,000

$130,000 Sold

Specifications:
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.

The Newport Blue Town & Country Convertible offered here, formerly from the Collection of Lloyd Mayes, represents a truly solid example that has benefited from a thorough restoration to the most exacting standards by an enthusiast who knew exactly how and to what degree of quality these Chryslers should be restored. The current gentleman owner purchased this example through RM Auctions ’ 2001 Arizona Biltmore auction and has paid special care and attention to the car since, maintaining its excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition.

One of its most notable features includes the Highlander Blue Plaid interior. Lloyd went to great lengths to ensure that this material be not only expertly installed but of the highest quality as well. To accomplish this, Lloyd purchased the best Scottish Highlander Blue kilt material in the world and installed it on this 1948 Town & Country Convertible. All components are understood to be in fit working order and the car runs and drives as expected. The paintwork appears to be in excellent overall condition, as does all the brightwork. The motor is well detailed and the engine compartment and underbody show only minor wear from recent use.

The 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible epitomizes the grandness and elegance of all the Town & Countrys built, 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. The ex-Lloyd Mayes ’ Newport Blue Town & Country is a truly appropriate example of why. Its stunning Highlander Blue plaid interior is something rarely seen, the quality of the restoration is unmistakable and the overall mechanical operating condition is rarely paralleled. Accordingly, this 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible, though the most numerous within the collector ’ s circle, is in a class all its own.

Reference Number 7283

as of 2/19/2007

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Car 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
VIN 7405530 
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