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The 1947 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country was the flagship model for the company and, at a cost of $3,420 or just shy of $40,000 accounting for inflation, it was the most expensive Chrysler car of its time.
This beautiful car was also one of the last real wood-bodied autos that were ever produced. We will get to that later.
Looking for a more upscale model to entice high-end buyers of the time without losing any of the practicality of the Chrysler brand, the Town & Country started in 1941 as a station wagon as Chrysler General Manager David Wallace looked for a way to lure the deep pockets of the wealthy to Chrysler showroom floors. This automobile’s bright and warm wooded body and cool green steel complement one another in an iconic and historic vision.
Real Wood on Wheels
This Town & Country has structural wood of vibrant white ash with panels of rich Honduran mahogany serving as a dark contrast.
For these rolling works of art, Chrysler had the wood shipped in from Perkin Wood Products all the way from what would become the 49th state over a decade later: Alaska.
The stunning mahogany wood featured on Town & Country bodies was used on the model until mid-1947 when the company switched to realistic decals that replaced the luscious sheen of the beautifully varnished wood paneling pictured here.
1947 Chrysler Town & Country Specs
- 135 BHP
- L-head Eight-Cylinder Engine
- 323.5 Cu. Inches
- Fluid Drive with Prestomatic Four-Speed semi-Automatic Transmission
- Wheelbase of 127.5 Inches
- One of the First Automobiles with a Center Brake Light
- Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
- Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
- Four-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes