Town and Country

Special Vehicle Offered

Larry Jewett - January 11, 2014 10:44 AM


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Chrysler’s Town and Country had its roots in a station wagon conceived by Chrysler Division General Manager Dave Wallace. His quest for a streamlined station wagon left outside wood body manufacturers baffled in their attempts to design suitable production processes. Wallace took the project back to his own engineers. In 1941, they produced an elegant fastback sedan body with unique clamshell rear doors.
The Town and Country returned in 1946, again with bodies designed in-house and built by Pekin Wood Products of Helena, Arkansas. Woodies gained popularity in the early postwar years and the Town and Country was arguably the most handsome and durable of them all. With its ash framework, luxurious interiors and regal bearing, the Town and Country became one of the “halo” cars that lured consumers back to auto showrooms, in the hope that while admiring the wood-framed wonder they might also consider buying one of the more conventional – and affordable – models on display.
At the end of its production in 1949, the Town and Country was all-new. The convertible was the last of the wood-bodied convertibles built by Chrysler. Of exactly 1,000 built in 1949, this nicely restored example is one of fewer than 150 believed to exist today and is distinguished by the fact that it appears to retain all the original body with no signs of any wood replacement. It also boasts beautiful Noel Green Metallic paint with a Coffee Brown full leather interior, Tan canvas top and top boot and near perfect chrome and brightwork.
Lot F249 will be sold on Friday, January 24, at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction. Details can be found at