Vehicle Profiles

Windsor Series Sedan

At the conclusion of the Second World War, the automobile manufactures ceased production of military material and resumed production of automobiles. Chrysler introduced the Town and Country line for their post-war selection, featuring both sedans an....[continue reading]

New Yorker Series Convertible

The 'Town & Country' name is credited to Paul Hafer, of the Boyertown Body Works. Hafer drew sketches of wood-bodied wagons, and said, 'The front end looked 'town' and the rear looked 'country' so I thought it natural.' The convertible was the firs....[continue reading]

New Yorker Series Convertible

This was Chrysler's top-of-the-line vehicle and the pinnacle of postwar glamour. It was a dazzling expression of status when new, and is powered by a 135-horsepwoer, 324 cubic-inch straight-eight 'Spitfire' engine with Fluid Drive transmission. Pro....[continue reading]

New Yorker Series Convertible

Chassis Num: 7402536

The majority of the Town & Country Woodie Sedans were built in 1946, with a limited number carried over into 1947. This example is powered by a 323.5 cubic-inch inline eight-cylinder engine producing 135 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual tr....[continue reading]

Windsor Series Sedan

Understandably, this was Chrysler's top-of-the-line vehicle and the pinnacle of postwar glamour. The Town and Country was a dazzling expression of status when new and remains so today. Produced from 1946 through 1950, the model was based on a New Yor....[continue reading]

New Yorker Series Convertible

Chassis Num: C3937634

After the war, the most significant change in the Chryslers involved the Town & Country, which was no longer a wagon but a separate series of six- and eight-cylinder sedans and convertibles. Chrysler had promised a full line of non-wagon Town & Count....[continue reading]

New Yorker Series Convertible

Chassis Num: 7404990
Engine Num: C39-46357

The convertible, built on the New Yorker's 127.5-inch wheelbase, was longer than the sedan. It also came equipped with all the New Yorker standard equipment including the five-main-bearing 135 brake horsepower straight-eight engine, Prestomatic Fluid....[continue reading]

Windsor Series Sedan
 
New Yorker Series Convertible
 
New Yorker Series Convertible
 
New Yorker Series Convertible
Chassis #: 7402536 
Windsor Series Sedan
 
New Yorker Series Convertible
Chassis #: C3937634 
New Yorker Series Convertible
Chassis #: 7404990 

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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