CHASSIS NO: 7411525
• First-year hardtop styling; end of an era with real wood
• New Yorker level trim and appointments; striking color combination
• Body-on restoration; tight bodywork all around
• Powerful “Spitfire 8” engine
323.5 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, 135 HP, three-speed “Presto-Matic” Fluid-Drive semi-automatic transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, live rear axle with leaf springs and hydraulic shock absorbers, four-wheel Vacu-Ease hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 131.5”
Chrysler created its original Town & Country in 1941 as a large station wagon with clamshell style rear doors. It was a majestic vehicle, but it was a one-off special ordered car that served as a prototype for what would become a regular production model in the 1942 model year. Even though its debut came in a war-shortened year for automobiles, nearly 1,000 units were produced. During the war, Chrysler designers had come up with a full line of Town & Country models from station wagons to convertibles, from sedans to hardtop coupes. As soon as allowed by law, Chrysler went to work on creating several of these wood-bodied cars, including seven hardtops and about 100 sedans on the New Yorker chassis. However, when regular production was ramped up, only a sedan in the six-cylinder power Windsor series and the New Yorker convertible would be produced as those beautiful wood-bodied cars. The convertible would remain until the new postwar models went into production. While the Town & Country survived into 1949 as a convertible, the wood was basically for decorative purposes. The following year, Chrysler introduced the New Yorker Newport hardtop and, as attractive as that cars was, it was decided that it needed a premium edition and that was the Town & Country.
With a list price topping just over the $4,000-mark, production for the 1950 Town & Country was limited to just under 700 units. This is one of those units and it is an attractive edition of a stunning car. Finished in Gloss Black it has a Snow White roof which really contrasts well with the wood framing. The interior is fitted with black leather and gray stripe cloth seats. The lavish chrome dashboard is beautifully presented with the factory radio and clock as well as controls for the heater-defroster, lights, and wipers. The instrument cluster sits in front of the driver with the Imperial Red Crown at the top. The odometer shows just under 82,750 miles which may be from new; however, true miles are unknown. Under the hood is neat and tidy with the “Spitfire” high compression engine tuned up and ready to go. During a recent test drive the Fluid Drive was in perfect working order. The safety plate glass is good all-around and little things, like the manual window cranks work with the same ease and effectiveness as when they were new over 70 years ago. This is truly a car that is a pleasure to own, drive and experience.