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AJ's Car of the Day '47 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
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Car: Chrysler Town and Country Convertible

Year: 1947

What makes it special: The Chrysler Town and Country convertible occupies a special position in automotive history as the only wood-bodied convertible built in series on a luxury chassis. Originally conceived in 1939 and introduced in 1941, the Town & Country was initially available in only as a barrel-back station wagon with beautiful wooden bodywork. Priced from $2,725 the elegant convertible was the most expensive model available in the entire Chrysler model range and only 8,368 were produced from 1946 to 1948.

What made it famous: Produced only for the one model year of 1947, the C-39 Series Town & Country convertibles and sedans were the most distinctive production cars on the road and the convertibles sold for approximately $3,400.  3,305 convertibles were produced in 1947.  With its white ash and mahogany trim, the Town & Country convertible had the craftsmanship of a bygone era. Powered by the reliable Spitfire 135hp, 323 cu in eight-cylinder L-head  engine and Fluid Drive semi- automatic transmission, the Town & Country performed effortlessly while carrying a full load of passengers and cargo. It was built on a 127” chassis, with independent suspension, front coil springs, semi-elliptic rear leaf springs with rigid live axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

Why I would want one: It's the best of both worlds for either a woody or convertible lover. The woodwork on these cars was the stuff of legend.

Fun fact: The Town and Country Sedan and convertible debuted in 1946 and were an instant success.

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