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Saturday 13 October 2018

1950 CHRYSLER NEWPORT TOWN & COUNTRY COUPE - H&H AUCTIONS Imperial War Museum Sale Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR Motor Car Sale Wednesday 17th October 2018 at 1pm


Imperial War Museum Sale
Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR
Motor Car Sale
Wednesday 17th October 2018 at 1pm

 Auction Viewing
Tuesday 16th October 2018 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 17th October 2018 from 9am

Registration No:Un-Reg
Chassis No:7411821

1 of just 698 made and more expensive when new than a Cadillac Coupe de Ville
Found in a barn during the 1990s with 24,000 miles recorded as corroborated by various service stickers (now showing 42,000 miles) and since repainted and rechromed
Timewarp original interior and 1 of only 2 'Black with Black' cars known to have survived
5.3 litre straight-eight engine allied to semi-automatic transmission
Retains all its factory fitted timberwork (albeit reconditioned)

- EU Taxes Paid

With a base price of over $4,000, the Chrysler Town & Country Newport Coupe was the most expensive closed car to come out of Detroit in 1950 (excluding limousines and corporation sedans). Costing circa $500 more than the Cadillac Coupe de Ville and $1,000 more than the Kaiser Virginian, the one-year-only model was advertised as possessing the `low swept, road hugging lines of a convertible with a permanent solid steel top that gives the comfort and convenience of a sedan'. Very much a `lifestyle woodie', its distinctive but non-structural white ash wood trim was meticulously hand formed. Beautifully tailored and designed, the plush interior was upholstered in leather with nylon cord inserts. Powered by a 323.5ci (5.3 litre) `Spitfire' straight-eight engine allied to four-speed semi-automatic transmission, the luxurious four-seater had need of its innovative hydraulic four-wheel Ausco-Lambert disc brakes. An accomplished cruiser with road presence to spare, the 1950 Town & Country Newport Coupe proved to be the last of Chrysler's iconic lifestyle woodies recording just 698 sales. 

Sporting a `Ray Ridge, Detroit' supplier's plaque to its trunk, chassis 7411821 is one of only two known survivors finished in Black with Black leather / Silver Grey Nylon Cord upholstery. Discovered in a barn during 1994, its odometer reading of 25,000 miles was corroborated by various service stickers. Treated to a repaint to combat the effects of bird lime, the four-seater also benefited from a thorough engine and transmission overhaul. The timewarp cabin was untouched but the exterior ash was restored. Now displaying a warranted 41,000 miles to its odometer, this exceptional Chrysler is described by the vendor as `very good' (bodywork, paintwork, interior trim) or `excellent' (engine, transmission, electrical equipment). Further enhanced since being imported into Germany (EU taxes paid) via the re-chroming of its windscreen surround and front / rear bumpers at a cost of c.5,000 Euros, the four-seater is worthy of close inspection.

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