Sold for $85,250 at 2007 RM Auctions
1950 was the final year for Chrysler's wood-paneled Town and Country. They had been introduced just after World War II and were immediately successful. The wood portions of the cars were completely hand crafted and assembled. This labor intensive process was time consuming and had Chrysler struggling to keep up with demand. Also, due to the extra costs associated with this type of assembly, it is believed that Chrysler did not make a profit on these cars.
For 1950, Chrysler's model lineup included the Royal, New Yorker, Saratoga, Windsor, and the Town and Country. Many of the differences between these models lay under the hood, wheelbase or the trim. The top of the line Chrysler, Town and Country, was powered by an eight-cylinder engine while the Royal models were powered by Spitfire L-head inline six-cylinder units. 1950 was also the final year for Chrysler to offer wood bodies, with 599 examples of the Royal being produced during that year.
This 1950 Chrysler Royal Woodie Wagon was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was estimated to sell for $100,000 - $125,000. Under the hood is a 250 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine capable of producing just over 115 horsepower. There is a Chrysler Presto Matic Fluid Drive gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. The wheelbase is 125.5-inches and large enough to accommodate the four-door wood bodied station wagon.
This car is original except for the paint and the wood interior and exterior is in excellent condition. It has traveled 99,000 miles from new. There were wire wheels on all four corners which compliments the cars appearance and the white-wall tires.
At the auction, the bidding and interest for this vehicle was strong, though not enough to achieve the minimum estimated value. Still, the selling price of $85,250 seemed fair. A 1950 Chrysler Town and Country Imperial Newport was also offered for sale at this auction, and it sold for $167,750. The car is one of just a few remaining and had never been restored or registered. It has traveled less than 5000 miles and is completely original.
The Royal commanded a strong value of $85,250 for many of reasons, one of which is that it is one of just ten thought to be in existence. The wood work is original and said to be in good condition. This is a practical and versatile car and very indicative of the post war era.By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007