1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY HEMI-RESTOMOD

Specifications:

VIN: 7407633
Exterior Color: Newport Blue
Interior Color: Blue/Tan
Engine: 5.7 Liter Hemi V8
Transmission: 5-Spd Automatic
Status: Available
Stock: 09-10636
Mileage: 43,600

This Chrysler Town & Country convertible was purchased by the car’s current owner in 2002 for a price of $97,000.  At the time, the car was in its original configuration including the 323cid V8 engine and 3-speed fluid drive manual transmission.  He completed numerous improvements but kept the car in stock mechanical condition until late 2011 when a multi-year restoration, completed by Hot Rods & Hobbies, was finalized in 2014 was initiated by the car’s owner of 20+ years.  While the body and interior retain a stock appearance, the decision to significantly update the mechanical components was made to improve the cars overall drivability and reliability.  An additional ~$125K was invested in the cars modifications and is documented by extensive receipts and photographs.

 Listing Details / Summary

  • Chassis: 7407633
  • 43K Miles Shown, TMU
  • Chrysler 5.7-liter fuel-injected Hemi-V8
  • 5-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Original chassis with considerable modifications / strengthening
  • Ford 9″ Rear Differential
  • Wilwood four-wheel disc braking system
  • Front & Rear Coil-over suspension
  • Front & Rear sway bars
  • Conversion from 6 to 12 Volts
  • Blue Exterior with all new wood
  • Blue & tan leather interior
  • New Tan Hartz top , power operated with new operating rams
  • Blue carpeting with black piping – interior and trunk
  • Electric Trunk Lift
  • Wire wheels with 3” wide white wall tires
  • Heater
  • Restoration documentation / receipts and “before” restoration photographs

The car is powered by a stock 5.7 liter Hemi V8 transplanted from a late model Dodge coupled to its 5-speed automatic transmission, the original chassis has been transformed into a modern chassis with Wilwood disc brakes, front & rear coil-over suspension, 9” Ford rear, triangulated 4-link rear, independent front clip, custom exhaust system, 12 volt conversion, and wire wheels with wide whitewalls.

The factory steel body was retained, stripped down to bare metal and wood trim was restored by Wood n’ Carr, Signal Hill, CA. at a cost of $23,922.00.  Finished in deep Newport Blue with blue and tan interior, the interior was refurbished including a new wiring harness that converted all gauges to 12-volt including the functional satellite AM radio, exterior lighting, interior lights, interior, GPS speedometer, and other electrical items.  The dash and interior remain in stock configuration with refurbished carpet, interior, dash knobs, switches, and other dash trim.  An updated radio is installed in the glove compartment, and for safety, color coordinated seat belts are fitted front and rear.

The all-steel factory bodied ’48 Chrysler New Yorker body received restored wood and a high quality respray in Newport Blue with a blue and tan interior a new tan Hartz top (May 2022), operating rams (May 2022) along with replacement rubber trim.  Exterior features include re-chromed driver and passenger side spotlights, front grille, fender moldings, front & rear emblems, bumpers, hood ornament, front, rear, side, and other trim at a cost of $8,840.00.

Chrome 16″ wire wheels wear 215/70 front and rear Toyo Tranpath A14 tires with 2011 date codes and 3” wide whitewalls. The custom original frame was strengthened and modernized with front & rear coil-over suspension with braking being handled by four-wheel discs with Wilwood components.

The restored stock steering wheel fronts original instruments include a stock 110-mph speedometer and readouts for fuel level, voltage, oil pressure, and coolant temperature. The odometer shows 43K miles, though total chassis mileage is unknown due to the age of the car. Ignition, deck-lid, and glove box keys were re-keyed, custom fabrication of the hood latch release and throttle pedal assembly, heater and ductwork installed and interior stripped and fitted with new carpet, padding and other items as needed.

The Hemi 5.7-liter engine remains in its stock condition and produced 340 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm when new and is mated to its Dodge 5-speed transmission and a Ford 9″ rear end.   Additional upgrades include a custom cooling system, exhaust system, and considerable chassis and suspension fabrication to accommodate the replacement engine and driveline.

This Chrysler Town & Country “Woody” is offered on dealer consignment in Pleasanton, CA with build records, photos of the car before and during restoration, a clean California title in the owner’s name, floor mats, and a trickle charger.  The owner indicates less than 1,000 miles have been added since the car’s restoration was completed in 2014.

Photos of the underside are provided in the image gallery.