Hershey

5-6 October 2017

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Lot 146

1948 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible

  • Chassis no. 7408271
  • Engine no. C30-77389
  • Body no. 9169

$90,000 - $120,000

To be auctioned on Thursday, October 5, 2017


  • Older restoration that has been maintained annually
  • Stored in a heated garage since purchased by the consignor in 2000
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
  • Eligible for all club events and CARavans


Understandably, this was Chrysler’s top-of-the-line vehicle and the pinnacle of post-war glamour. The Town and Country was a dazzling expression of status when new and remains so today. Built on a New Yorker chassis, the 1948 Town and Country had a base price of $3,220 before options (a 20 percent premium over the cost of a comparable New Yorker). Despite these obstacles, convertible production actually increased over the previous year by 173 units to 3,309.

Unique rear deck and taillights were manufactured for the “T&C.” Wooden parts came from Pekin Wood Products in Helena, Arkansas (a subsidiary of Chrysler), while steel body parts came from Briggs. They were then shipped to Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue plant in Detroit for final assembly. The wood framing was assembled prior to being fitted to the body which required extensive hand-formed contouring of the compound curved frames so they mated to the metal body parts correctly.

In late 1947, the mahogany veneer panels gave way to Di-Noc, a decal-type material, though the ash framing remained. Nonetheless, a considerable amount of hand-finishing went into each and every Town and Country which not only accounted for its high price tag, but also its limited production numbers. The 1948 models were the final Town and Countries to include the white ash framing as integral to the structure of the car.

Finished in Polo Green over a maroon interior, this example is an older restoration that has always been maintained. It has been serviced annually and has been stored in a heated garage since the consignor first purchased the car in 2000. The consignor adds that the carburetor has been rebuilt and functions perfectly, which makes for a great driving example of this very desirable CCCA Full Classic.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more