1940s / Chrysler


YEAR: 1949
MAKE: Chrysler
MODEL: Town & Country Convertible
BODY COLOR: Noel Green

  • 1 of 1,000 produced in 1949
  • Comprehensive restoration by Northeast Packard in 2016
  • Redone wood and refinished engine compartment
  • The last model year for wood-bodied convertibles built by Chrysler
  • Natural wood body
  • Spitfire 323 CI Straight 8 engine
  • Fluid Drive transmission
  • Noel Green Metallic exterior

  • Tan Canvas top with boot cover
  • Coffee Brown leather interior with chrome trim
  • Green carpets
  • Pushbutton radio
  • In-dash Clock
  • New water pump, generator, wires and battery
  • Chrome bumpers
  • New chrome wire wheels
  • Coker Wide Whitewall radial tires


The Chrysler Town & Country series was first introduced on the Windsor and New Yorker platforms in 1941. The Town & Country used genuine natural-finish wood as structural trim details on the body sides, doors and decklid to provide a sporty look to the big Chrysler. This 1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible built on the 131.5-inch New Yorker chassis is one of just 1,000 produced for 1949. This Chrysler underwent a comprehensive restoration by Northeast Packard in 2016 and is finished in the correct Noel Green Metallic with a tan convertible top and boot. The interior is restored with Coffee Brown leather and green carpets, providing a striking contrast to the bright exterior. Inside, further options include an in-dash clock and pushbutton AM radio, while bright chrome-plated trim accents the instruments and steering wheel. The chassis is carried by four new chrome-plated steel-spoke wheels mounted with Coker wide whitewall tires. The brakes are Safe-Guard hydraulic drums all around. The massive front and wraparound rear bumpers have been replated. The engine compartment is restored and houses the rebuilt New Yorker 323 CI Spitfire straight-8 L-head engine that also has a new generator, water pump, wires and battery. This engine develops 135 HP at 3,200 RPM, and all straight-8 Chryslers used the Prestomatic semi-automatic (Fluid Drive) transmission to transmit power to the rear wheels that push this 4,610-pound Chrysler down the road. This Town & Country convertible was solidly at the top of the Chrysler line, costing $4,800, $2,100 more than the standard New Yorker convertible. The 1949 model was the last of the Chrysler woody convertibles. This Chrysler would be an excellent choice for someone looking for a rare and unique convertible that will draw praise and attention wherever it may go.