Last updated on September 3, 2022
Today’s car is a 1947 Chrysler New Yorker Town and Country convertible. It is owned Barry and Dan a pair of high school buddies, who met at the age of 14. I saw this car at the El Segundo Main Street Car Show. and it got a trophy for “Excellence Award”. It is finished in Newport Blue with a matching leather interior, the convertible top and boot are finished in Tan. The wood framing is made out of white ash and the panels are mahogany veneer. It is powered by a 135 hp, 325.5 cu in, 5.3 liter, L head 8 cylinder, with a single Chrysler 1-bbl carburetor. Transferring that power to the rear wheels through a Fluid Drive with Prestomatic four-speed semi-automatic transmission, with a 3.54:1 rear end gear ratio. Helping slow this beauty down are four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. The front suspensions is independent coil springs and the rear suspension is a live axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs. This is one of the very first cars to have a center brake light. This rare Town and Country features many factory and period accessories including radio, heater, sun visor, dual spot lights, fog lights, front and rear bumper guards and white wall tires.
The original MSRP was $3,420.00 and it was the most expensive Chryslers of its time. The total production of 1947 Chryslers was 119,260 with 5,787 of them being Town and Countries and of those 3,136 were convertibles. The published top speed was 85 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 19.2 seconds. This rare beauty represents the post war elegance of the period. It will do great at any Woody get together, MoPar car show, Cars & Coffee events, or just cruising to and from your favorite brunch spot. Thanks for traveling along. Frank