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 Countries in sedan and convertible body styles. These Ash and Mahogany rolling sculptures have attained iconic status.
The outstanding example displayed here was owned by a single family until 2001. It features a wonderful Highlander Plaid interior and is powered by its original 250 cubic-inch, six-cylinder engine. It was sold new in Denver but eventually ended up in Toronto, Ontario, where it was acquired by the current owner, who performed the restoration work.
The car's exterior wood was stripped and finished and new mahogany panels installed. The car was repainted in its original color - Catalina Tan. The interior was re-done in the optional Highlander Plaid and chrome was re-done as needed.
The car's woodwork was originally installed by the Pekin Woodworks of West Helena, Arkansas. The doors, rear quarters, and trunk are ash with mahogany panels. They are structural - not decorative.