1946 Chrysler Town & Country Roadster auctions for $143,000

A stunning recreation of the 1946 Chrysler Town & Country Roadster has sold at the top of the Charlie Thomas Collection auction.

The sale, which was held in Texas on October 20, saw the magnificent roadster sell within its $125,000-175,000 estimate at $143,000.

Chrysler Town & Country Roadster 1946
Slusar enlisted the help of Chrysler employees and five experts

In 1946, Chrysler announced that it would be creating five different Town & Country models, each of which would be outfitted with wood bodies. The company wanted to become the only manufacturer to boast a complete line of wooden bodied cars.

While five different body styles were advertised, only the sedan and convertible were ever produced in significant numbers and no plans or models for the roadster or coupe have ever been discovered.

John Slusar took it into his own hands to create the Town & Country Roadster four decades later, embarking on a project that would take him years to complete.

Redesigning a Chrysler Windsor Sedan, Slusar enlisted the help of Chrysler employees as well as a range of Town & Country experts, before selling the car in 1995 to Lloyd Mayes, who would see the project completed.

The only model of its kind, the car now boasts 114hp, powered by a Spitfire six-cylinder engine. It presented a unique opportunity for those present at the sale, with no comparable examples likely to appear at auction again.

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