Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country Convertible
The end of World War II brought unprecedented demand for new cars from returning G.I.s and the buying public in general. As America’s automobile manufacturers struggled with supply shortages and labor unrest, complete model changeovers were delayed by necessity for several years; consequently, the 1946 models were largely based on existing prewar designs.
Chrysler’s Town & Country, however, remains perhaps the single most beloved and collectible automobile of both the immediate pre- and post-war eras. Originally conceived in 1939 by Dave Wallace and introduced for 1941, the Town & Country was initially available in “barrelback” station wagon form, with beautifully crafted wooden bodywork.
For 1946, the glamorous Town & Country Convertible debuted, with public anticipation heightened by an enticing advertisement campaign and a two-page spread in the Saturday Evening Post. Reportedly, anxious public interest dictated that the new model was built directly from sketches to meet the looming time constraints. Cosmetically little changed in the first three years, and the Town & Country Convertible was based on the upscale New Yorker series, offering a wide variety of luxurious appointments in addition to its wooden bodywork. Priced from $2,725, the elegant Town & Country Convertible was the most expensive model available in the entire Chrysler model range, and just 8,368 were produced from 1946 through 1948.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
135 bhp, 323.5 cu. in. “Spitfire” L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, Fluid Drive semi-automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 121.5"
Source: RM Auctions
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