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Lot Number
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1941 Chrysler Town & Country Station Wagon
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $375,000 - $425,000
CHASSIS NO: 7706531
• Rare and highly coveted early “Barrelback” design
• Highly optioned with seating for nine
• Striking White Ash and Mahogany woodwork
• Well-maintained and presented restoration
• 1 of an estimated 23 remaining examples

241 cid L-head inline six-cylinder engine, 108 HP, semi-automatic Fluid Drive transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 121.5”


The wood bodied station wagon was all the rage in the 1940s with virtually all of Detroit’s car builders offering a glamorous wagon in real wood. Not to be outdone, Chrysler upped the ante with a nifty wagon that featured center-opening doors at the rear. Built on the Windsor chassis and known as the Town & Country, it quickly became known as the “Barrelback” due to its rounded rear center opening door arrangement that was unique to their wagon. Selling for an astounding $1,492 when $995 bought a new Chevy, the Town & Country from Chrysler was aimed squarely at the upscale market as a car for the country estate. If the Packard or Cadillac was at home in the city, the Town & Country was a necessity at the summer home and usually had a place of honor in the carriage house. The gorgeous wood and bright chrome on the Town & Country were certainly stylish, but the beautiful wood made it a stunning sight to behold. Produced only in 1941 and 1942, the Barrelback Town & Country estate wagon is today the rarest and most valued collector woody in the world.

A lovely example of this rare car, this Barrelback is finished in classic burgundy and the imposing size of this car speaks to a time when bigger was better. This car was purchased in Palm Springs eight years ago after a full restoration and has resided since then in a collection with a full-time maintenance staff. Streamlining was the order of the day in the 1940s and this Town & Country is no exception. Gone were the bulky and upright radiators of the 1930s and in were the rounded and styled lines as demonstrated on the front-end of this wagon. Six large horizontal bars mark the lower half of the front-end while Chrysler’s Art Deco inspired hood ornament rides atop its finely sculptured hood. Chrysler’s signature logo appears front and center and the hood carries trim spears back to the cowl. Chrysler contracted with Perkins Wood products of Helena, Arkansas for the fine White Ash and Mahogany veneer that adorns this beautiful car. All woodwork on this car has received the most dedicated care in keeping it pristine and it carries a nice shine. This Barrelback also sports a large luggage rack on the roof complete with wood trim spears to protect the paint from carried objects. At the rear is the magnificent “Barrelback” cargo door that made the Town & Country different than any other wagon of the era. A large and ornamental badge above the rear doors proudly proclaims that this Chrysler has Fluid Drive, the advanced semi-automatic transmission. The interior of this Chrysler is finished in red leather with real wood door panels. Red carpeting is correctly sewn, and form fits the entire floor pan. In keeping with the decadent era of the 1940s the dashboard is a work-of-art with a jewel-like clock and a vertical themed radio complete with push button presets. A simulated Mother-of-Pearl inlay covers the dash and the Town & Country name is beautifully spelled out across a polished chrome plate. Chrysler overlooked nothing in interior comfort as even the bows that hold the headliner in place are real wood. Power for this wagon comes from Chrysler’s tried and proven 241 cubic-inch L-head inline six-cylinder engine rated at 108 horsepower mated to a Fluid Drive transmission that makes driving easy. The engine compartment is driver quality and would need only refreshing for show duty. The era of a real wood-bodied station wagon is long past, but this Chrysler Town & Country takes us back to the very pinnacle of that era with its fine wood and gorgeous lines. It was certainly a car for the country estate and it’s rather easy to imagine driving in fine style in this car. These “Barrelback” wagons and they are exceedingly rare today. An outstanding automobile, this Town & Country is ready to show and enjoy.

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