1941 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country

1941 Town and ContryThe 1941 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country sedan owns a unique place in woody history. Offered under the Chrysler Model C-28 designation it offered in both a six and nine-passenger configuration with a huge trunk created by the creation of its Barrelback architecture. The wood-structured body with its twin clamshell opening doors were built of ash or maple framing with mahogany molded paneling. The roof was sourced from the Chrysler limousine model of the same vintage. Only 1,000 were built with 80% being nine-passenger models. Surprisingly the model was carried on into 1942 even thought civilian passenger car production ceased early in 1942, as the Town & Country was seen as an excellent multi-person transport unit. Once again in 1942, nearly 1,000 units were built as they were in high demand from the Red Cross, hospitals, military and for official VIP vehicles and the USO. The Windsor was powered by an L-head inline six-cylinder engine, which wheezed out 108 bhp from its 242 cu. in. This was the time of the now famous Chrysler Fluid Drive semi-automatic transmission. Also known as the Vacamatic, the Fluid Drive transmission used a pedal operation to shift gears with a vacuum assist. It was a heavy car weighing in at 3,400 pounds. This load rode comfortably on its coil sprung independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Both models sat on the same 121.5″wheelbase. There were few options but an AM radio, deluxe heater, white-wall tires; spotlights and outside review mirrors were high on the list. This early generation of car-come-station wagon offered style and practicality of a station wagon and the comfort of a car. In post-war years the Town & Country was popular with the upper crust, offering stylish transportation, a convertible and even a more powerful eight-cylinder model. In its later iterations the idea would evolve into an all steel vinyl-clad, wood-grain woody wagon and then in to the T&C Chrysler mini-van clad in wood-grained wallpaper of the Eighties and Nineties. Here we see a customer’s 1941 Town & Country in for its annual varnish service in the workshops of Bob Woody¬†Johnson in Sebastopol, California. One of these sold recently at a 2012 RM Auctions for $572,000, And yes, that is the right number!

41 T&C Resto' web


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