Lot 131 - 1950 Chrysler Newport Town & Country
|Odometer reading||54,000 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £38,000|
|Result||Sold - £36,224|
The 1950 Chrysler Town & Country was built in limited numbers, just shy of 700 units. It was powered by a 323.5 cubic inch straight eight that cranked out 135 horsepower. Despite the low production, the Town & Country did accomplish its mission of adding a bit of glamour to a basically dull Chrysler line up. The 1950 Town & Country was base-priced at $4003, almost $900 more than a New Yorker Newport. Even the Imperial Newport, when it debuted in 1951, cost only a few dollars more. In fact, the Town & Country took the honour of being the most expensive closed car in the 1950 Detroit line up, excepting limousines and corporation sedans. It cost about $500 more than the Cadillac Coupe de Ville and over $1000 more than the four-door hardtop Kaiser Virginian.
The Chrysler Newport Town & Country was only produced in limited numbers with just 698 ever made. It is believed there are only two examples in the UK and the car on offer today is one of the only black on black cars known to exist worldwide. This example has only done 54,000 miles which is thought to be correct and has been fully restored to a high standard, boasting beautiful black paint, gleaming wood grain and slick white wall tyres. The interior is in time-warp original condition having never been restored but very well preserved. The vendor states that the whole car is in genuinely outstanding condition. We believe this example was exhibited previously by a German museum for a number of years and hence we would recommend some light recommissioning before being driven in earnest. This is a lovely example that can be used loved and maybe even shown, a wonderful piece of American automotive history.
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