1946 Chrysler New Yorker ‘Town & Country’ Woodie Convertible
Introduced in 1938 under the name ‘New York Special,’ the elegant New Yorker was based on Chrysler’s upscale Imperial, featuring the same side valve straight-eight engine. The ‘New Yorker’ designation in Chrysler’s lineup represented luxury, evident in their high-quality interior trim and occasional use of unique upholstery materials, such as Scottish tartan in the case of the New Yorker Highlander.
In the years 1947 and ’48, Chrysler made only minor adjustments to the ’46 models. Notably, the Town & Country Sedan became exclusive to the six-cylinder Windsor chassis, while all T&C Convertibles were constructed on the eight-cylinder New Yorker platform.
By 1949, the final year for the Town & Country Convertible, production started late in March, resulting in only 993 units completed by the season’s end. Priced at $3,765, the T&C Convertible held the distinction of being the most expensive model in Chrysler’s lineup, even surpassing the cost of equivalent Cadillacs.