Chrysler Royal Station Wagon

Chrysler restyled its line for 1949 for the first time since the end of WWII, and the year marked Chrysler’s 25th in business as well. It also heralded the addition of the wood-bodied Royal station wagon, the first such vehicle in Chrysler’s lineup since before the war. Rare then as now, only 850 Royal Station Wagons were produced out of the 124,218 Chryslers built in total. Station wagons were a niche model in the late 1940s. Even Chevrolet (10,171) and Ford (13,412) built relatively few for 1949, but their popularity would soon explode over the next decade.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.

116 bhp, 251 cu. in. L-head inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed Fluid Drive semi-automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129½".

Source: RM Auctions

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