Lot 47
1947 Chrysler Windsor Convertible


Selling on Wednesday

CHASSIS NO: 70636491

• Fully restored example
• Fluid Drive transmission
• Red leather interior
• Power convertible top

250.6 cid L-head inline six-cylinder engine rated at 114 HP, four-speed Fluid Drive semi-automatic transmission, independent coil-spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 127.5”

When World War II ended, U.S. automakers changed over from war production to building cars very quickly in order to fulfill the demand for new automobiles. With little or no time to design an all-new car, Chrysler made just a slight styling change by extending the front fenders into the doors. This gave the postwar Chryslers a more aerodynamic look, but it was hardly needed as the motoring public was buying anything they could get their hands on. Chrysler’s names for their cars spoke to air of nobility with Royal, Windsor, Saratoga, and Town & Country all offered in coupes sedans, and convertibles. In particular, the Windsor convertible was a stylish car that offered excellent value in a car that looked great with the top up or down. Driving was also easy with Chrysler’s semi-automatic Fluid Drive transmission that was an option at just $32. For anyone who wanted a bit more than the average Ford or Chevy, Chrysler had the answer.

Offered here is an excellent example of this fine car with a 1947 Windsor finished in Sumac Red with a beautiful red leather interior to match. This Windsor was fully restored in 2004 and has been mostly displayed since but has been regularly serviced and maintained with an occasional drive since it was recommissioned. The handsome styling of Chrysler’s postwar cars is clearly evident in this Windsor with its large chrome wraparound bumper up front and an egg-crate styled grille that carries enough chrome to light up the night sky. Chrysler’s elegant company crest on the front of the hood is a work of art with multiple colors and a king’s crown at the top. The elegant profile with its long hood and short deck offers just the right proportions for a car of its size. At the rear is a sloping deck with another large wraparound bumper that actually reaches to the rear wheel opening. Beautifully styled chrome taillights and a large center brake light all feature real glass and the Chrysler emblem rides on the trunk lid. This Windsor is also equipped with twin rearview mirrors. A tan convertible top offers a nice contrast to its deep red color and is also powered. The interior of this Windsor shows the expert level of craftsmanship in its restoration with fine red leather upholstery. In keeping with the 1940s, seating is large and comfortable while the dashboard carries a style all its own with just the right amount of chrome and all gauges neatly housed in a single pod directly ahead of the driver. Driving is easy thanks to Chrysler’s semiautomatic Fluid Drive transmission that allows for shift-free driving while underway. This Windsor rides on wide whitewall tires with Chrysler logo chrome hubcaps and beauty rings to match. Power for this Windsor comes from one of the best engines ever made with Chrysler’s 250.6 cubic-inch inline six with 114 horsepower. Anyone who has ever owned one of these will attest to the fact that they literally can run forever. The engine compartment in this Windsor is clean and tidy with correct colors, proper wiring, and correct hose clamps.

Chrysler cars for 1947 were great looking cars and this beautiful Windsor proves it. Its bright colors and pristine condition make for an interesting car that offers excellent Chrysler reliability with the stylish look of the late 1940s. For the very best of Chrysler’s fine products, this is a Windsor that turns heads wherever it goes. Collectors of Chrysler’s fine line of cars should look this one over very closely order to fully appreciate the quality and craftsmanship of its restoration.