The concept of the wood-bodied car, or Woody, as it is most commonly known, was not invented by Chrysler, but it can be argued that it was perfected by them. Born out of necessity, the earliest woodies were basic, utilitarian bodies that were sold in the aftermarket to adapt to the Model T chassis and others. Eventually, the structural and functional wood became a point of style, and by the mid 1930’s most manufacturers began to offer well-equipped station wagons with wood bodies. But it was Chrysler with their Town & Country of 1941 that was first to offer a woody that was both stylish and ultra-luxurious. The Town & Country was a top of the line luxury machine that combined the best of the New Yorker from the windscreen forward with an opulent “country home” feel from the windscreen back. The T&C was expensive to build, expensive to buy, required specialized maintenance but it proved a success and soon other manufacturers were jumping on the bandwagon. But few could match the Chrysler’s commercial success or the sheer sense of occasion when in the presence of one of these great machines.
This 1948 Town & Country convertible comes to us from the collection of a long-time friend an
left-hand-drive 1948 chrysler town country convertible cloth leather restored
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