Top Tier: 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible – STILL $140,000

by | Dec 2022 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

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December 27, 2022 Update – The private seller replaced their expired Craigslist ad with a fresh listing. In it, they kept the description, pictures, and asking price identical to the previous listing.

If you’re a classic convertible aficionado, one drop-top you would likely add to your collection is a late 1940s vintage Chrysler Town & Country.  The last of Chrysler’s “woodie” offerings, these wood-clad convertibles portray an air of class not found on the typical Woodie wagons of the period. The consensus with wood-bodied cars is that buying one already restored is generally more cost-effective.

When only the best will do, this restored black-over-burgundy 1948 Chrysler Town & Country convertible currently listed here on Craigslist in Big Ford, Montana, might be for you. It’s a rare treat to come across such a clean and detailed example of any classic car on Craigslist these days, especially something as rare as a 1948 Chrysler Town & Country.

Currently offered for $140,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is at the higher end of this guide’s summary for Chrysler Town & Country’s produced between 1946 and 1948.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the convertible featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls well above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $119,000.

Chrysler launched the Town & Country nameplate during the 1941 model year on a four-door, eight-passenger station wagon featuring wooden doors and body panels, or “woodie” with an all-steel roof.

After World War II, the Town & Country nameplate returned, though the 4-door 8-passenger station wagon did not. Chrysler only offered Town & Country 4-door sedan and 2-door convertible body styles fro the 1946 model year.  The wooden body framing was made from white ash and the panels were mahogany veneer bonded to steel body panels. The average retail price was listed at US$2,609 and production totals were documented at 2,169.  The 1947 model year was essentially a carry-over from the prior year.

During the 1948 model year, while the 1948 Town & Country 4-door sedan was in its last model year of production ever after only a three-model-year production run (since the 1946 model year), the 1948 Town & Country 2-door convertible carried over with just very few improvements over from 1947). This was also the year the genuine Honduran mahogany wood panels were replaced by DI-NOC vinyl panels.

The Lou Constabile YouTube Channel features a review of a similar 1948 Chrysler Town & Country convertible:

It’s clear from the excellent pictures provided this 1948 Chrysler Town & Country convertible is a finely restored example that can easily win you a wall full of trophies should you decide to show it next season at car shows.  Even better is the fact that the vast majority of Concours-level detailing appears to have already been performed.

If you are serious about buying this Town & Country, you can start the conversation only by calling the seller at (406) 250-7003.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their restored Chrysler Woodie convertible featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Stunning car very rare and priced to sell, anyone that follows this model knows the rarity, it runs like a dream fluid drive transmission works as it should the straight 8 is as smooth as silk, convertible top works just fine, fit and finish is all it should be its a stunning car I believe the book on this is around 200k if you can find one of this quality, I couldn’t even think what this car would cost to restore probably double what I’m asking, we took it to a local car show this summer not only did it receive rave reviews it performed like a dream, call me for more details NO TEXTS NO EMAILS I will not respond. Call.”

Show or go: What would you do with this restored 1948 Chrysler Town & Country convertible for sale?  Please comment below and let us know!

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