Mecum Memento: 1972 Chrysler Town & Country 48K Survivor – Sold?

by | Nov 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

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January 2, 2024, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

November 24, 2023 Update – One week after initially posting their survivor-quality ’72 Chrysler Town & Country station wagon at $28,500, the seller elected to lower their asking price to $26,800 in the same Craigslist ad.

Study the pictures of classic cars for sale by owner, and you’re apt to find clues about the car’s history.  In particular, we’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve found cars for sale with the Mecum Auctions temporary license plate still affixed to the car.  With that fact in place, you can search Mecum’s results database to confirm the venue the car was auctioned at and for how much.

This brown 1972 Chrysler Town and Country station wagon for sale, last spotted on Craigslist in November 2023 in Santo, Texas (Dallas), is a 48K survivor quality car in excellent, well-documented condition.  Knowing the car currently features a Mecum front temporary license plate, we researched Mecum’s database.  Sure enough, we found this Town and Country’s Mecum Orlando 2022 Summer Special auction listing. The car hammered in July 2022 for an estimated $26,500 at that event (note: the $29,700 Mecum’s listing shown includes the 10-12% buyer’s premium and not what the car auctioned for). The Mecum listing also contains over two dozen high-quality photographs that highlight the quality of this survivor Mopar much better than those found in the seller’s current listing.

Since their purchase in July 2022, it appears the seller drove the car approximately one thousand miles and made repairs to their Town & Country’s HVAC system.  To their credit, they are now asking $28,500 for their sixteen-month-old purchase.  Factoring in the Buyer’s Premium and the AC’s repair costs, the seller does not appear to be trying to pass every cost incurred to potential buyers.

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $20,000 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $32,700 before making equipment adjustments.

The 1972 Chrysler Town & Country station wagon is a testament to the era’s fascination with big, bold, and luxurious automobiles. In an age defined by its flamboyant design and robust engines, the Town & Country made a lasting impression with its unique combination of style, space, and comfort.

At first glance, the 1972 Town & Country exterior exuded a sense of grandeur. Its imposing size and distinctive, squared-off lines were emblematic of the period’s penchant for larger-than-life vehicles. The front end featured a prominent chrome grille flanked by quad headlights seamlessly integrated into the vehicle’s overall design. With its subtle power bulge, the hood hinted at the potent engines beneath.

One of the most defining features of the 1972 Town & Country was its unmistakable woodgrain paneling. The simulated wood trim adorned the car’s sides, giving it a touch of rustic elegance. This design element, reminiscent of classic woodies, was aesthetic and distinguished the Town & Country from other station wagons on the market. It appealed to buyers seeking a sense of nostalgia and a connection to the past, even as they embraced the modern conveniences of the 1970s.

Underpinning the 1972 Town & Country was Chrysler’s C-body platform, a robust and reliable foundation that contributed to the car’s smooth ride and handling. Available in two- and three-seat configurations, the wagon offered versatility for families or those requiring ample cargo space. The rear tailgate, a distinctive feature of station wagons of the era, could be opened in two ways: either by folding it down like a traditional tailgate or swinging it open to the side for easier access.

The interior of the Town & Country reflected Chrysler’s commitment to luxury and comfort. Plush bench seats upholstered in high-quality materials invited passengers to sink into relaxation. The expansive cabin provided generous legroom and headspace, making long journeys a comfortable experience. The dashboard featured a combination of woodgrain accents and chrome trim, creating an upscale ambiance. The driver’s cockpit was well laid out, with easily accessible controls and a steering wheel that conveyed a sense of authority.

In terms of performance, the 1972 Town & Country did not disappoint. It was available with a range of engine options, including V8 powerplants that delivered ample horsepower and torque. The available engines catered to a variety of driving preferences, from those seeking a balance of power and efficiency to enthusiasts desiring exhilarating performance. Paired with a smooth automatic transmission, the Town & Country offered a refined driving experience, effortlessly gliding down the highway with a sense of quiet confidence.

Safety features of the time, such as front disc brakes and a sturdy frame, contributed to the overall secure feel of the vehicle. While fuel efficiency was not a strong suit, the 1972 Town & Country appealed to buyers who prioritized size, comfort, and performance over fuel economy.

The 1972 Chrysler Town & Country station wagon encapsulated the spirit of its era. With its commanding presence, nostalgic woodgrain paneling, and a commitment to luxury, it catered to a market that sought a blend of practicality and opulence. Today, this classic station wagon stands as a symbol of an automotive epoch characterized by bold design choices and a relentless pursuit of larger-than-life experiences on the open road.

The Osborne Tramain YouTube Channel features this 1973 Chrysler film highlighting the eleven different station wagon models the company offered in the early 1970s:

The biggest disappointment in this Brown 48K 1972 Chrysler Town & Country survivor station wagon for sale centers around the car’s HVAC system.  The seller notes the car’s heater does not work. A comparison of the photographs the seller provides against those in the Mecum listing clearly shows the seller replaced the car’s original AC compressor with what appears to be a chrome Vintage Air unit.  It just looks out of place on a low-mileage, survivor-quality example.  Knowing the car is in Texas, the seller likely does not care about a car’s heater for most of the year.  Regardless, we would work to update this survivor Town & Country’s HVAC with factory components, perhaps converted to 134A if the system already features that modern refrigerant.

If you are serious about buying this Town & Country, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Chrysler station wagon featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“One cool Wagon with only 48,000 miles.
440 cui, Auto, Power steering, power breaks, disc front, power tailgate window, AC, cruise control, Radio.
Matching numbers, all factory.
Everything works but the clock and the heater.
Beautiful car, come and see.
Not trades. Cash only.

Show or go: What would you do with this 1972 Chrysler Town & Country Station Wagon for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

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