The Chrysler Town & Country is a station wagon that was manufactured by Chrysler from 1940 to 1942 and from 1945 to 1988 (there was no production during World War II from 1943 to 1945).

The Town & Country was also available in four-door sedan, two-door hardtop (no "B" pillar), and convertible body styles from 1947 to 1950 and from 1983 to 1986.

The 1988 model year was the last for the Chrysler Town & Country station wagon, after that and partly during one model year (1989), the Town & Country nameplate was off the market until the 1990 model year run when Chrysler reintroduced the Town & Country nameplate as a rebadged variant Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

 Chrysler's Town & Country wagon was reintroduced as a four-door station wagon of all-steel construction in 1951. It was offered in both Windsor and New Yorker variants through the end of Windsor model production after the 1960 model year, and then in Newport and New Yorker models through 1965.

In 1966 it became a model in its own right, with trim and features which bridged the gap between the two sedan lines.

It was distinguished by luxury features including a carpeted load floor trimmed with chrome strips, and from 1968 forward, woodgrain paneling on the body sides and tailgate, a feature also associated with somewhat competitive top-shelf station wagons such as the AMC Ambassador, Buick Estate, Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, Ford Country Squire, and the Mercury Colony Park.

Town and Country, however, stood in a class by itself until the last of the full-sized versions of 1977. From 1978, it was sized down and absorbed into the LeBaron series, with a lesser version lacking the more luxurious features and the woodgrain bodyside decals available for a few years in the early 1980s.

 Chrysler reintroduced the Town & Country nameplate in 1989 as a luxury rebadged variant of the Dodge Grand Caravan/Plymouth Grand Voyager minivan for the 1990 model year and continued to sell this incarnation of the Chrysler Town & Country until the end of the 2016 model year when Chrysler reintroduced the Pacifica nameplate for their minivan in 2016 for the 2017 model year.

A simulated woodgrain appearance reappeared on other Chrysler products, such as the 1993 Jeep Grand Wagoneer (ZJ) and the Chrysler PT Cruiser.

1941–1942

During the 1941 model year, the 1941 Chrysler Town & Country four-door, eight-passenger station wagon made its debut as Chrysler's entry to offer wooden doors and body panels, or "woodie" with an all-steel roof. Using wood in vehicle production was not a new approach as most cars built from the 1900s through 1930s regularly used wood for body support, flooring or structural uses.

It used the roof of the concurrent Chrysler Imperial 4-door 8-passenger limousine, which led to a rear-loading configuration with wooden double doors (also called 'Barrel Back' doors) that opened out from the center beneath the fixed backlight (rear window).

The wooden body framing was made from white ash and the panels were mahogany veneer and the use of wood carried over to the interior trunk lid and the interior door panels as well, not just an exterior appearance.

It was introduced with the straight-six engine installed in the Series C-28 Chrysler Windsor offering six or nine passenger accommodation, or the Series C-30 Chrysler Saratoga with the straight-eight engine and nine passenger accommodation.

Prices listed for the six-cylinder Series C-28 Windsor wagon were US$1,492 ($26,252 in 2020 dollars ).

Production totals record that vehicles that were installed with the six-cylinder engine documented 200 six-passenger wagons were made and 797 nine-passenger wagons found buyers.

The 1942 model year Town & Country had an abbreviated production run due to the U.S.' entry into World War II. Less than one-thousand units had been produced since the vehicle's introduction a year earlier.

The wagon that was installed with the straight-eight was moved to the New Yorker model line from the previous Saratoga, while the straight-six remained with the Windsor product line.

 

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