The exclusive and much desired Town & Country nameplate returned shortly after World War II. These post-war Chryslers shared their pre-war predecessor’s design elements and construction by continuing in the “woodie” aesthetic. In the years following the Town & Country’s return, the vehicle was offered solely as a 4-door sedan and as a 2-door convertible up until the turning of the decade. Representing the end of an era for Chrysler’s luxurious “woodie” automobiles came the 1950 2-door hardtop. By the time the 12-month production ceased, Chrysler built just 698 examples.
Chrysler, marrying the roofline of the Imperial to the Town & Country’s wood-accented body, called their new two-door hardtop, “Newport”. The car was large but aesthetically graceful. It rode on a 131.5in wheelbase/ 223in overall, making it the longest 2-door American car of its era. Its decorative ash framing was hand-formed and assembled over steel body panels and around side panel inserts. Newport was offered exclusively with a 135bhp straight-8 323.5ci engine tied to a Fluid Drive transmission which allowed for semi-automatic gear changes. One of the more notable technical features of the Newport was its braking system which utilized twin expanding discs that rubbed against the inner surface of a cast-iron drum. This gave Chrysler the title as the first of the “Big Three” to outfit a vehicle with 4-wheel disc brakes. When new, the Newport retailed as Chrysler’s most expensive offering.
The Juniper Green and White paint scheme of chassis 7411686 accentuate the car’s “convertible-hardtop” look. The “Clearbac” wrap-around window design further distinguishes the styling characteristic. On close inspection, the exterior condition of 7411686 can be described as excellent. It is said that this example benefited from a comprehensive restoration. Today the brightwork, woodwork, and paint show very little in the way of aging. The green and white color scheme are carried through to the leather and cloth interior upholstery. The interior wood trim is believed original and displays a welcomed patina. Optional equipment on chassis 7411686 includes an AM radio, heater, and clock. Under the hood, everything is clean and well-addressed with proper hoses, clamps, and labels. The aforementioned disc braking system remains intact. Chassis 7411686 is offered today in wonderful condition throughout. We happily report that it drives as nicely as it looks.
With the exception of a few prototypes built-in 1946, the Town & Country Newport was the only wood-bodied Chrysler hardtop coupe ever produced. The historical significance of the one-year 1950 hardtop makes the final Town & Country an especially interesting example of Chrysler’s famed wood-clad luxury cars. Finding one of these last true original “woodies” in any sense is indeed a treat.
- Exterior Colour Juniper Green
- Interior Colour Tampa Beige
- Drive LHD