1946 Chrysler Town & Country

1946 Chrysler Town & Country 1946 Chrysler Town & Country
Chassis #: 71000000
Sold for $90,750 at 2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction.
Sold for $143,000 at 2012 RM Auctions - The Charlie Thomas Collection.
Sold for $119,900 at 2013 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach.
During the early years of automobile production, wood-bodied vehicles were mostly used as 'work' vehicles. Depot Hacks transported passengers from train stations to hotels. Trucks often used wood as their truck-beds. As time progressed, wood-bodied cars became a status symbol and grew in popularity. 'Woodies', as they became known, required a high-level of craftsmanship and as such, were considered a luxury option, or a 'nice-to-have', on a vehicle.

After World War II, the automotive market saw a large increase in the number of manufacturers offering wood-bodied cars. Most were offered on station wagons however it was not uncommon to see them on convertibles, sedans, coupes, brougham, or roadsters. For Chrysler, they introduction the Town & Country line of vehicles adorned in wood. For 1946, Chrysler advertised five different Town & Country models all outfitted with wood bodies. Their goal had been to become the first manufacturer to offer a complete line of 'woodie' bodies to the public. The idea was a concept, and the goal was rather ambitious. In the end, the gamble proved to be well-timed for the Chrysler marque, though, only two of the five body-styles were produced in significant numbers. Only one Brougham was produced but it is unclear if it has survived. The sedan and convertible were the most popular. Though the Roadster and Club Coupe had been advertised, no plans, documentation or models were ever created.

Though Chrysler never produced a Town & Country Roadster, one was produced. It was a project undertake by enthusiasts and began with a donor car, the Chrysler Windsor Sedan. Since there had never been any molds or plans created, extensive amount of time and research was undertaken before the project began to get every possible detail correct. The biggest roadmap for creating the designs was an oil painting. Help was sought from all areas such as documentation, personnel, letters, photos, and more. Experts on the Town & Country were utilized in creating the designs as they would have been.

The project was completed during the late 1990's. It is finished in Sumac red and embodies the spirit of what the Town & Country Roadster may have been if it had been produced and come to fruition in 1946.

The 1946 Chrysler Town & Country Roadster was offered for sale at the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey, CA where it was expected to sell between $125,000-$150,000. At the conclusion of the auction the lot had been sold for $90,750.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006
1946 Chrysler Town & Country 1946 Chrysler Town & Country 1946 Chrysler Town & Country
Chassis #: 7400604
Sold for $187,000 at 2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall.
Sold for $126,500 at 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions.
Sold for $132,000 at 2013 RM - The Don Davis Collection.
Sold for $110,000 at 2016 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas.
This 1946 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held at Meadow Brook. It is powered by an eight-cylinder engine that displaces 323.5 cubic-inches and capable of producing 135 horsepower. There is a Fluid Drive automatic gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. There was no reserve placed on the vehicle and it was estimated to sell for $150,000 - $200,000. It has been treated to a concours quality restoration and is in very excellent condition. It has won a recent Platinum Award in the Late Classic 1935-1948 category of the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance.

The interior is finished in burgundy leather and its iconic wood-body exterior is indicative of pure American culture. At auction the car was sold for $187,000 including buyer's premium. A similar car sold at RM Auctions in Monterey, CA in 2006 where its selling price was $90,750, almost $100,000 less than the selling price of this car. This is a true testament to this cars restoration and well maintained condition.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2007
1946 Chrysler Town & Country 1946 Chrysler Town & Country 1946 Chrysler Town & Country
Chassis #: C392903
High bid of $110,000 at 2016 Mecum : Monterey. (did not sell)
Sold for $79,750 at 2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ.
Sold for $65,000 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Auburn Spring.
The original owner of this Chrysler Town & Country kept the car until 2014. It is finished in deep maroon with a matching interior and tan top. It was given a recent mechanical freshening and retains the original metal, wood and a 323 cubic-inch Straight-8 engine offering 135 horsepower. It is an original California black plate car that features amber fog lights, wide whitewall tires, a Continental kit, chrome hubcaps and trim rings.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2016
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.

By Jessica Donaldson

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1946 Chrysler Town & Country Price Range: $2,365 - $2,722

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1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)163,613
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)179,299
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)124,218
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)130,110
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)119,260
1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)36,586
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)36,586
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)161,704

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