1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport
VERY RARE COLLECTOR CAR ~ 1 of 698 PRODUCED ~ 1 of 50 LEFT Coupe
135 hp, 324 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed Fluid-Drive transmission with synchromesh gears, independent coil-spring front suspension, solid axle rear suspension with hydraulic shocks and leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 127.5 in.
Purchased from the Personal Collection of Jim Rogers
A one-year-only design; one of 698 built
Semi-Restored, with 65,300 actual miles
One of the finest original examples in existence
Original Wood Panels
The car that historian Donald Narus once dubbed "Chrysler's Wonderful Woodie" went out with a major splash in 1950. The Town and Country Newport was new that year and, aside from a couple of prototypes produced in 1946, was the only wood-bodied Chrysler hardtop coupe ever produced. It featured an exclusive all-steel body with ash framing overlays, which were assembled prior to being fitted to the body. This required extensive hand-formed contouring of the compound-curved frames so that they would mate to the metal body correctly. Unlike earlier Town and Countries, the ash framing was the only wood used, with the side panel inserts painted the body color. Inside could be found more beautiful wood trim and finely detailed Streamline Moderne touches, as well as an unusual but stunning marbled steering wheel.
Offered only with the 135-horsepower Spitfire straight eight and Fluid-Drive transmission, the Town and Country Newport retailed for $4,028, making it Chrysler's most expensive car outside of the big Crown Imperial sedans. Only 698 were built; after which, the luxury Town and Country, once the favorite of movie stars and country club founders, became a thing of history.
The Town and Country Newport offered here represents a key part of the late Jim Roger's collecting philosophy; he sought only the very best, which often meant finding not only a very low-mileage, original, and well-maintained example, but also the lowest-mileage, most original, and best-maintained car.
This car is what he found, and, indeed, it has only 65,300 actual miles and is, except for a few quality refinishes, exactly the same car built by the factory in 1950. The paint shows very well, the interior is in excellent condition (like new), she drives perfectly smooth, and the engine purrrs like a kitten! The car remains in excellent condition and virtually as-new, including satiny wood that has never been shellacked and must be seen to be experienced.
Jim Rogers had a well-earned reputation for honesty and integrity. Nowhere is that reflected more strongly than in this excellent, original Town and Country Newport, which has those qualities in spades.
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