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1941 Chrysler Town and Country

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Barrel-Back Woodie Wagon

Chassis Num: 7699598

1941 marked the introduction of Chrysler's distinctive 'Town and Country Car', a new concept in estate vehicles. The name was coined by Paul Hafer of the Boyerton Body Works, who observed that the front looked 'Town' while the rear appeared 'Country.....[continue reading]

Barrel-Back Woodie Wagon

Chassis Num: 7706908

This 1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrel-Back Woodie Wagon was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida. It was estimated to sell for $175,000 - $225,000. It is powered by a 250 cubic-inch Spitfire six-cylinder engine c....[continue reading]

Sedan

The Town & Country came standard with a 241.3 cubic-inch straight-six engine offering 108 horsepower. There was an optional 323.5 cubic-inch eight-cylinder unit that offered 135 horsepower. The sixes were given a 121.5 inch platform and the wood body....[continue reading]

Barrel-Back Woodie Wagon

Chassis Num: 7712738
Engine Num: C38-114725

This 1941 Chrysler Royal Town and Country Barrelback has a Newport Blue exterior and is one of 996 such wagons produced from 1941. Currently, just 24 of these hand-built automobiles are known to exist.....[continue reading]

Barrel-Back Woodie Wagon
Chassis #: 7699598 
Barrel-Back Woodie Wagon
Chassis #: 7706908 
Sedan
 
Barrel-Back Woodie Wagon
Chassis #: 7712738 

History

Produced only from 1941 through 1950, the first woodie wagon with an all-steel roof was designated the Town & Country. This 4-door sedan luxury vehicle was built for either city or estate transportation, and was available for 6 or 9 passenger versions.

Due to World War II, production of the Town & Country was halted in December, 1941. A mere 1,000 models were produced during 1941 and 1942. In 1942 the sheet metal was updated, and the design of woodie remained similar to its previous look.

Following the war, the new wave of Town & Country woodies were produced in much larger numbers as coupes, convertibles, sedans. The first production hardtops ever produced by any manufacture, seven 2-door hardtops were also manufactured by Chrysler. The final Town & Country woodie models were produced only as 2-door hardtops only for the last year.

In the last year of its production, a box type woodie station wagon was offered by both Chrysler and Desoto. Plymouth and Dodge also released box type woodie wagon throughout the 1930's and 1940's. In 1950, production of the original Town & Country was ended.

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