1947 Chrysler Town and Country

In the immediate post-war era, returning GIs and the American public was eager to return to normal life. The Big Three automakers struggled to keep pace with demand, especially with a shortage of raw materials. Chrysler had a bit of a head start in the styling department, as Chrysler Corporation General Manager David Wallace had conceived the wood-bodied Town & Country in 1941 as an upscale production-based automobile that could attract wealthy buyers to Chrysler showrooms. It was neither sedan nor station wagon but had a fastback profile with twin hinged 'barn doors' at the rear. It was a sophisticated automobile that was elegant enough for the city and chauffeur driving, yet utilitarian for country living. The wood-bodied, barrel-back sedan as part of the six-cylinder Royal line and was the precursor to future wood-bodied Chrysler models.

The wagon body style was originally developed in the 1920s as an inexpensive way to transport people, luggage, and materials. Mr. Wallace envisioned these wood-bodied cars to mimic the basic lines as contemporary Chrysler steel-bodied sedans, yet with greater luxury, quality, refinement, and panache. They were constructed in a similar fashion to pre-war station wagons which were often utility vehicles cataloged in the manufacturers' commercial lines. During the 1930s, the style was refined and developed a certain vogue as prestigious manufacturers such as Packard and Chrysler began adding them to their catalog.

The Chrysler product was built using structural wood of white ash with contrasting panels of rich Honduran mahogany. The wooden body parts were supplied by Pekin Wood Products from Helena, Arkansas, that were then shipped to Chrysler's Jefferson Avenue plant in Detroit for final fitment and assembly. The wooden framing was built from straight-grained ash, and then hand fit, as every compound curve and wood-to-metal interface had to be created by hand. The roof, however, remained solid steel.

Nearly 2,000 examples were built in 1941 and 1942. When production resumed in the post-war era, a range of five body styles was planned for 1946, the sedan-wagon was eliminated, and a brochure advertised two- and four-door sedans, a three-passenger roadster, and both hardtop and soft-top convertibles. However, only a conventional trunk-back sedan and an eight-cylinder convertible coupe ever made it into production. Most of the production sedans were Windsor sixes and the convertibles were New Yorker eights. A total of 100 long-wheelbase eight-cylinder sedans were built, with the remaining examples being six-cylinder cars on the shorter Windsor wheelbase. The convertible was built on the 127.5-inch wheelbase of the New Yorker and came with its engine, a five-main-bearing 135 brake horsepower straight-eight engine, Prestomatic Fluid Drive transmission, and an electric clock.

Although annual production totals were not recorded, a total of 8,368 New Yorker Town and Country convertibles were built. When the second-series 1949 line was introduced wearing a new design, it dropped the Town and Country sedan. For 1950, the model became an eight-cylinder hardtop coupe with painted metal insert panels. The 'Town and Country' name would be used by Chrysler for a long succession of steel-bodied station wagons and minivans.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2020

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1947 Chrysler Town and Country vehicle information

Windsor Series Sedan

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1947 Chrysler Town and Country vehicle information

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]

1947 Chrysler Town and Country vehicle information

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]

1947 Chrysler Town and Country vehicle information

New Yorker Series Convertible

Chassis Num: 7402536

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1947 Chrysler Town and Country vehicle information

Windsor Series Sedan

Chassis Num: 71002156
Engine Num: C38-125098

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]

1947 Chrysler Town and Country vehicle information

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]

1947 Chrysler Town and Country vehicle information

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
Chassis #: 71002156 
New Yorker Series Convertible
Chassis #: C3937634 
New Yorker Series Convertible
Chassis #: 7404990 


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1947 Town and Country
$2,365-$13,005
1947 Chrysler Town and Country Base Price : $2,365

$1,481 - $12,110

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chrysler
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)87,470
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

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