This car was so called because the coachbuilder once commented that the front end looked town, while the rear looked country. The wood was more than decoration though, because it formed part of the structure, using white ash and I Honduras mahogany inserts. The car was direct competition to the Mercury Sportsman in this niche market, but had a number of advances over that car. Firstly, it used Chrysler fluid-drive semi-automatic transmission with two high and two low gears for ultra-smooth operation. It also had the power advantage with its extra displacement straight-eight which used twin carbs. The ride was also better thanks to a double wishbones front end with coils and telescopic shocks. Whilst somewhat heavier than the Mercury, the Town & Country did feel very well built, with doors that shut like a bank vault. The car continued in production for two years.
Chrysler Town & Country (1947) Specifications
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