Automobile production in its infancy saw wood-bodied vehicles only as ‘work’ vehicles, but gradually ‘woodies’ (as they were popularly called) earned the status of royalty. Chrysler’s Town & Country was the first woodie wagon in 1941 with an all-steel roof. This sedan came in two versions, a 6 passenger and a larger 9 passenger model.
In the midst of the huge lull in car production during the Second World War, a meager 1000 Town and Country models were produced in 1941-1942
The 1942 model came with a change in the sheet metal but with similar woodie design to its predecessors. This model still holds the credit for being the grandfather of the recent minivans and SUV’s.
1950 marked the end of the original Town & Country production after adding box-type woodie wagons to the list of custom classic cars.
In Collectible Automobiles, Michael Richards named the 1941 Town & Country to be the first hatchback sedan ever on the market, and he remarked that the original cost of a 1948 Town & Country was $3,420 which would equal to $32,166 in 2012 dollars.
The post war period saw a sudden boom in the manufacturing of wood bodied cars, mainly convertibles, sedans, coupe broughams and roadsters, owing to the popularity of the original Town and Country.
A total of 8,375 Town and Country convertibles were sold, thus amplifying the “regal” status they enjoyed. Even today, after more than 60 years, they are some of the most sought after classic cars among collectible car lovers.
The glory of the 1946 Chrysler Town & Country was well recognized with a recent Platinum Award in the Late Classic (1935-1948) category of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. The burgundy leather interior and exquisite wood-body exterior displayed the grandeur of this American beauty . The car was sold for $187,000 at 2007 RM Auctions.
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About the Author
Drew Yagodnik is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.