Chrysler Town & Country Sedan

The end of World War II brought with it an unprecedented demand for new cars and as America’s automobile manufacturers struggled to meet this pent-up demand, complete model changes were delayed by several years. Chrysler’s 1946-1947 Town and Country, however, was one notable exception. Originally conceived in 1941 by Chrysler’s Dave Wallace, the Town & Country was only available in four-door “barrelback” form, with a beautifully crafted wooden body.

After the war, Chrysler introduced new Convertible Coupe and four-door Sedan variants of the Town & Country, replacing the previous station wagon. Spurred on by an enticing advertisement campaign and a two-page spread in the Saturday Evening Post, anxious public interest in the new Chryslers prevented the firm from making any clay models or prototypes. As a result, the car was reportedly constructed directly from design sketches to meet looming time constraints.

As renowned author Donald J. Narus so aptly wrote in his work, Chrysler’s Wonderful Woodie – The Town and Country, “The Sedan, while it did not share the glamour of the convertible, was perfectly at home on any of the swank estates of Long Island.” Narus continued, “Where the convertible had pizzazz, the Sedan had elegance, a marvelous blend of wood and steel.”

Part of the RM Auctions event for the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in January, 2009; at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center in August, 2009; at the Rtiz-Carlton in March of 2012; and for Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.

Source: RM Auctions
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