1950 Chrysler Royal Woodie WagonSOLD

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

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ESTIMATE: $100,000 - $125,000

$85,250 Sold

116bhp, 250.6 cu. in. Spitfire L-head inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual Chrysler Presto Matic Fluid Drive transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and semi-elliptic leaf springs and shocks, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125.5"

By 1950 Chrysler has re-emerged as one of the powerhouses of automotive manufacturers. The Chrysler model line was diverse, thoughtful and most of all challenged the competition to create cars that could compete with the new Chryslers.

Chrysler offered, as they liked to say: “America’s Finest for 1950”. The model line included the Royal, Windsor, Saratoga, New Yorker and the Town and Country. While the top of the line model remained the Town and Country, they were slowly being phased out, which allowed more focus on some of the other lesser cost examples like the Windsor and Royal. Most of the differences between all the models came down to engine, wheelbase or trim options. The Royal Woodie Station Wagon was a car that bridged the gap for Chrysler as the Town and Country’s popularity waned.

1950 Would be the last year Chrysler offered a wood bodied car, the Town & Country was only offered as a hard top and including the Royal Station Wagon only 701 wood bodied cars were built 599 of which were Royals.

The Royal Woodie Station Wagon presented here is a lovely example that is almost completely original except for the paint which was redone some time ago. One of the most impressive aspects of the Royal is the interior as the rear wagon compartment is striking, finished with long wood boards and interspersed chrome strips. The trademark Chrysler dashboard and instrumentation is also commensurate with the rest of the car and is nothing short of a design masterpiece. We understand the car is very well sorted and a fit running example showing approximately 99,000 miles which is thought to be correct from new. The lavish wood is in equally impressive condition and is nicely complimented by the wire wheels, offered on the Royal Wagon only.

The Royal Woodie Wagon is a very under appreciated car that when compared with the late forties Town & Country models, especially when considering this example is thought to be one of less than ten examples in existence today.

Reference Number 7371

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1950 Chrysler Royal Woodie Wagon
VIN 70063809 
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