1948 Chrysler Town and Country news, pictures, specifications, and information
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Chrysler introduced the Town and Country line for their post-war selection, featuring sedans and convertibles. This body style was the most memorable of all the Chryslers with its name coming from the combination of the steel front end representing 'Town' and the wood paneled rear portion resembling 'Country.'

The convertible was the most favored of the Town and Country line with 8,368 sold. In 1948, the price tag showed $3,395. The body was framed with white ash (adding structural rigidity to the doors and deck lid), fitted with interlocking miters, and varnished to perfection. Mahogany veneer plywood filled the spaces within the framing. The Town and Country convertible was built on a C-39 chassis with 127.5 inch wheelbase. It featured a Spitfire Straight Eight, 323.5 cubic-inch engine developing 135 horsepower coupled to a fluid drive transmission.

The present owner purchased this convertible from T&C Collector Lloyd Mayers of Las Vegas. It is Meadow Green with the rare Highlander plaid interior.
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
There were 2,936 of these cars built in 1948, with 194 still in existence. The original selling price was $3,420. The car is equipped with an eight-cylinder engine, generating 135 horsepower.   [Read More...]
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 7407068
Sold for $198,000 at 2006 Gooding & Company.
At the conclusion of the Second World War, the automobile manufacturers of the world ceased production of military items and resumed the production of the automobile. Production was resumed at a furious pace as each company tried to emerge as the veh  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2012
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Walter P. Chrysler founded his car company on June 6, 1925, when the Maxwell Motor Company was re-organized into the Chrysler Corporation. Walter Chrysler had originally arrived at the Maxwell-Chalmers company in the early 1920's, having been hired   [Read More...]
Windsor Series Sedan
Prior to World War II, 'woodies' were primarily relegated to station wagon body styles. Although Chrysler waited until 1949 to introduce their first all-new postwar model, they made a real styling statement in 1946 by producing wood bodied Town and C  [Read More...]
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 7405530
Sold for $130,000 at 2007 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $148,500 at 2009 RM Sothebys.
This 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auction held in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to sell for $140,000 - $180,000. It is powered by a 323.5 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine capable of pro  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2007
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 7406930
When automobile production resume in the post-War era, most of the vehicles were basically mildly-face lifted versions of the cars that were being built when production had ceased. The New York was one of those cars; it was basically a pre-War car e  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2008
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 7405374
Engine Num: C39-49666
Sold for $143,000 at 2011 Gooding & Company.
There were approximately 2,936 Town & Country cars produced in 1948. It is believed that only 200 remain in existence. This car has been given a restoration and is finished in Catalina Tan paint, red leather and taupe Bedford Cord interior, and a t  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Chrysler introduced the Town & Country convertible in 1946 and sold over 8,000 of these cars before production ended in 1948. The Town & Country was powered by an 8-cylidner L head engine producing 113 bhp and built on the C-39 chassis. The body was   [Read More...]
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: C3969438
Sold for $162,250 at 2008 RM Sothebys.
The Town & Country Convertible sold for $3,400 in 1948, making it the most expensive model available. Around 8,400 buyers would select this vehicle and are highly sought after by collectors in modern times.   [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2008
New Yorker Series Hardtop
Chassis Num: S71003849
Sold for $93,500 at 2008 RM Sothebys.
This Town & Country Sedan has been in the same single family ownership since new. It has been stored on blocks in a heated garage since 1953. The odometer reads just 39,000 original miles and was given a mechanical service around the early 1970s.   [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2008
Windsor Series Sedan
Virtually unchanged during its first three years of production, the expensive Town and Country convertible attracted 8,368 buyers between 1946 and 1948. This example was specially constructed for actor Leo Carrillo, better know as Poncho from The Ci  [Read More...]
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 7404463
Sold for $115,500 at 2009 RM Sothebys.
The odometer on this Convertible shows 82,840 miles and the car wears a restoration that was completed in the late 1990s. Period accessories include dual spotlights and amber fog lights.  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2009
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 7405394
Engine Num: C39-49961
Sold for $220,000 at 2009 Gooding & Company.
This Town & Country Convertible was formerly the property of Roy Bleeke. It is an amazingly original car and spent over three decades in the Roy Bleeke Collection. It has an extensive documented history and has only 7,200 miles from new.  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2010
Windsor Series Sedan
Chassis Num: 71003496
Sold for $66,000 at 2011 Gooding & Company.
This Chrysler Town and Country was one of the last examples built. It was first titled in Pennsylvania on June 22nd of 1949. Currently, the car has just 27,790 miles and is finished in Dove Gray paint. It is outfitted with a wood and chrome roof rack  [Read More...]
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
The Chrysler Town and Country is a maddening car to maintain. Not because of the mechanics, which were reliable and well built, but simply because of the wonderful combinations of wood and steel, topped by a canvas roof and decorated with lots of chr  [Read More...]
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 7408375
Sold for $154,000 at 2008 RM Sothebys.
This 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible Coupe wears an older, high-quality restoration which still shows well in modern times. It is painted in the factory correct Noel Green and has a newer tan convertible top, chrome, and wooden bodywork. T  [Read More...]
Windsor Series Sedan
Chassis Num: C38152342
High bid of $40,000 at 2014 Mecum. (did not sell)
Sold for $61,000 at 2014 Mecum.
In 1948, Chrysler built 2,936 examples of the Town & Country, with approximately 194 examples still in existence. This 1948 sedan is finished in Metallic Green with a Green plaid fabric-on-vinyl bench seat interior. This Windsor model has a Sportsman  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2014
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Leo Carrillo knew how to get your attention. If that meant riding in a parade on the bull he mounted to the front of his car that was fine. After an active Hollywood career of parades and movie openings carrying its famous cowboy owner, the Leo Carri  [Read More...]
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
The Chrysler Town and Country was one of the most exciting postwar cars produced. A favorite of celebrities, personalities and the rich and famous made the first choice of the Hollywood crown. The convertible was the most favored with 8,368 produced   [Read More...]
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Back in the day, Wood station wagons were very popular as depot hacks and were commonly used to pick-up guests from the railway station, whisking them and their luggage to hotels and resorts.  [Read More...]
New Yorker Series Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 7404999
Sold for $99,000 at 2017 Gooding & Company.
This Chrysler Town and Country Convertible is finished in Noel Green Metallic with a two-tone cream interior and tan convertible top accented with brown piping. It was given a high-quality restoration in the early 2000s. It is well-equipped with a ra  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2017
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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