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This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

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Friday, July 13, 2012

1947 Chrysler Town & Country

Everybody Loves a Woody

The following is from http://www.barnfinds.com/christmas-card-1947-chrysler-town-country/


The Chrysler Town & Country was so named because of the styling. Up front it looked city and out back country. This 1947 Chrysler Town & Country just came out of thirty years in storage and has lots of dirt and some nice patina to show for it. It runs and drives, but is going to need a little sorting. Located in Akron, this woody is not going to go cheap. Bidding starts at $35,000.



These definitely do have a country feel to them from behind. We love the look of the weathered wood and old paint. The seller claims that the car was re-sprayed sometime in the sixties. Then the car went into storage for thirty years after only covering 44k miles. We would want documentation to prove these claims before laying down this kind of money, but the story is not too hard to believe after looking at the photos.



Inside the original green leather and white cloth upholstery is still intact and looking good. The carpet is gone, but you would probably need to replace it after that many years anyway. Someone has installed lap belts up front so it is possible that this car was driven in the 70s or 80s. The car is well equipped, even featuring dual heaters. We cant help but wonder if this car went through a full restoration in the sixties when they did the paint.



Power is provided by this straight six. The carburetor, fuel pump, and generator were all been rebuilt to get the engine running again. Hopefully the fuel tank was cleaned out and lines gone through at that time. Details like this would be good to add to the listing. If it has not already been done, we would want to go through the brakes and suspension too before driving this beauty much.



This could be the best looking roof rack we have ever seen on an automobile. The whole combination of wood, paint, and chrome look so good here. The wood slates on the roof even make it function. You could throw some luggage up there and take off down the road without worrying about scratches or dings. Cross your fingers that all the wood work is in salvageable condition because it can get very expensive to restore.

Chrysler Christmas

Things were different back then. There were fewer regulations to inhibit creativity and consumers cared about what their transportation looked like. Chryslers were still handsome, well built automobiles and the Town & Country was one of the coolest around. If the green example above was in our garage we would be tempted to tie a pine tree on top and gather the family for a photo…

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