Last Woodie: 1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport Hardtop – $22,500

by | Jun 2021 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday

Here’s a trivia question you can ask at your next car club or car show gathering you attend: What was the last true American “Woodie” car made? We’re willing to bet most attendees will likely answer “Ford Wagon” however they will be wrong.  In fact, the last true “Woodie” wasn’t a wagon at all. You can make the riddle even harder by asking what was the first car produced by the “Big Three” that offered four-wheel disc brakes?  The answer is one and the same: the 1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport Two Door Hardtop such as this restorable example currently listed here on Craigslist in Amenia, New York (Poughkeepsie) appears to be a finely restored example offered at $22,500 currently. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Chrysler priced between this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $20,000 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $28,600. Similarly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the asking price falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $17,400 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $29,100.

1950 was the very last year for Chrysler’s post-war woodie line and is a one-year-only model as a hardtop for the Town and Country. Only 698 of these Town and Country Newport hardtops were built, after which the once favorite of movie stars and country club founders had become a thing of history. Special features of these cars include the very first car of the “Big Three” to be fitted with four-wheel-disc brakes which Chrysler had pioneered in 1949 and all-steel body panel construction with hand-formed ash wood trim that was applied. At $4,028 dollars when new, this was Chrysler’s most expensive model outside of the large Crown Imperial sedans. Seldom seen and just wonderful all around, it is an iconic and tasteful woodie that is still in fashion today.

What a grand piece of history this driver-quality Town & Country Hardtop appears to be. With both the exterior and interior appearing to be in driver-quality, presentable shape, we would focus our attention on getting the brakes rebuilt properly and then drive as is to every classic car show we can attend.  If you are serious about buying this classic Chrysler, you can start the conversation by emailing the private seller your name and phone number.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Newport Hardtop featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1950 Chrysler Town and Country Newport Coupe

-Nice solid original California Car
-New Tires and powder Coated Rims
-Engine runs, no brakes


Please leave a name and phone if interested.
Thank you.

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