1948 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan
Chrysler 1948 Town and Country Sedan
Splendid Example of a Rare Wood-Bodied Town and Country
Sold New by Pettit Brothers Chrysler
Extremely Original Unrestored Condition
Beautifully Maintained Factory Finishes
In the Pettit Collection since 1950
250.6 CID L-Head "Spitfire" 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Stromberg Carburetor
114 BHP at 3,900 RPM
Fluid Drive Semi-Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
The history of this rare Town and Country can be traced back to 1948, when Pettit Brothers Chrysler was enjoying an unprecedented boom in new car sales.
In 1948, Chrysler's hand-built Town and Country was one of the most expensive American cars on the market. As a result, dealers that ordered the exclusive wood-bodied models were given an option to purchase three additional Chryslers for stock beyond the standard allotment. Considering that new vehicles were still in short supply following WWII, Chrysler's offer was seen as a major incentive.
Recognizing this tactic as an opportunity to generate sales, Pettit Brothers Chrysler ordered three new Town and Countrys. Although the first car was a special order for a customer, the second and third examples were acquired for stock toward the end of the model year. Of the three Town and Countrys ordered new by Pettit Brothers Chrysler in 1948, this handsome Sedan was the last to be sold.
Two years later, the Town and Country Sedan was returned to Pettit Brothers Chrysler when the original owner decided to trade it in for a 1950 New Yorker. As the lightly used Town and Country was in such exceptional condition, Mr. Pettit decided to retain it for his growing collection of classic cars. A lasting reminder of his family's legacy in the automobile business, Mr. Pettit cherished this car for 62 years.
According to Mr. Pettit, this Town and Country Sedan was one of the family's “most enjoyed vehicles ever,” as it combined the unique character of a pre-war classic and the remarkable versatility of a modern automobile. Regularly driven through 1968, the Chrysler currently displays 68,759 miles from new.
Due to its limited use and careful preservation, this Town and Country remains in outstanding unrestored condition. Finished in Catalina Tan, this Town and Country Sedan possesses a marvelous period appearance and genuine character that is most inviting. Inside, passengers are treated to fashionable surroundings, marvelous period details and beautifully maintained dark red upholstery with complementary wood trim. A testament to the car's undisturbed nature, a number of original factory-inspection markings and oil-service stickers remain intact. This car is in fine cosmetic and mechanical condition.
Since the last wood-bodied examples were produced in 1948, the Town and Country has continued to maintain its legendary status and widespread popularity. For the collector who appreciates an American motorcar with style and charisma, here is a rare opportunity to acquire a magnificent, time-warp example of the most iconic post-war Chrysler.