28 July 2012
1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport Two-Door Hardtop
To be auctioned on Saturday, July 28, 2012
High Bid of $40,000
- Chassis no. 7411659
• Final year of Town & Country production; only 698 produced
• Unique “Newport” hardtop roof with three-piece backlight
Without question the most beautiful car in the Chrysler lineup, the Town & Country was a dazzling expression of status when new and the epitome of the country club set. Powered by a 135 horsepower, 324-cubic inch “Spitfire” straight-eight with Chrysler’s Fluid Drive transmission, this was the last woodie that Chrysler built. Only 698 were produced for the model year. At $4,028.00, this was also Chrysler’s most expensive car, save for the big Crown Imperial sedans.
Unique rear deck and taillights were constructed for the Town & Country, and its wooden parts came from Pekin Wood Products in Helena, Arkansas. From there, they were shipped to Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue plant in Detroit for assembly. The Town & Country used its own exclusive all-steel body with ash framing overlays, which were assembled prior to being fitted to the body. This required extensive hand-formed contouring of the compound curved frames so they mated to the metal body parts correctly. Unlike previous versions, the ash framing was the only wood used, and the side panels were painted body colors. Chrysler is arguably given credit for the first modern hardtop, which also included the distinctive Newport three-piece wraparound rear window.
Painted a soft green with contrasting ash wood framing and a white “Newport” hardtop roof, the lovely green and white color scheme is carried through to the interior of this Town & Country. The wood is nicely varnished and neatly finger-jointed. It is equipped with Chrysler’s Fluid Drive transmission, radio, heater, whitewall tires, and full wheel covers. Inside, it has been updated with seatbelts for safe cruising. The engine compartment is tidy, and the paint and chrome present well, both of which make for a high-quality car and an equally fine driver-quality vehicle. With the Town & Country’s limited numbers and the final year of production of this legendary vehicle, it is sure to be noticed wherever it is shown or driven.
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