1954 Chrysler New Yorker Town and Country Wagon Town and Country Wagon
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For almost 90 years the Chrysler division has forged a solid reputation for moving well-heeled passengers in substantial, understated luxury. As one of the most recognized nameplates in the world, the Chrysler Town and Country, through its proliferation of meanings and models, has remained a cornerstone for the brand’s mid-lux success. And in the 50s, during Detroit’s first golden era, fine automobiles like this magnificent New Yorker Town and Country gave serious credibility to the line “Today’s New Style Classic”. 1 of only 1,100 1954 Town and Country wagons fitted with a FirePower hemi, this professionally restored show stopper is certainly some of the coolest metal to ever roll down an assembly line. Thanks to its remarkable combination of smooth power and world class style, it sits at the pinnacle of luxury engineering. And if you’re a cultured enthusiast who’s looking for unique, investment grade iron, it’s the chrome-clad masterpiece of your dreams!
Loosely based on Chrysler’s pre-war 3-box pontoon styling, the Town and Country was introduced to supplement the division’s well-known New Yorker series and, according to collector car enthusiasts, is some of the finest metal to leave an American design studio. The Flagship and Alpine Blue example you see here wears a clean, high quality restoration that’s been exceptionally maintained. Its classy, curvaceous body reflects a smooth two-stage finish that exhibits minimal signs of wear and no major defects. Its re-chromed bumpers and polished stainless trim look almost as good as the day they left the showroom. And, despite what some might call awkward proportions and excessive brightwork, this graceful classic is both striking and handsome!
As a vintage car connoisseur, you can’t go wrong with any 50s-era Chrysler. Take a look at this gorgeous wagon and you’ll see detailing that walks a fine aesthetic line between the hand-crafted feel of its 40s ancestors and the radical, sometimes cheeky appearance of its 60s offspring. At the front of the car, a thick bumper centers a chrome, “Chrysler” branded grille below heavy headlights and FirePower hood ornamentation. At the sides of that grille, clean fenders flow into exaggerated quarters behind polished sweeps, correct door handles and bright “New Yorker” scripts. At the top of those quarters, a curved windshield and new greenhouse glass back a cleverly placed mirror and straight stainless frames. And behind that greenhouse, a Town and Country-branded tailgate anchors chrome hardware and classy Chrysler emblems between small tail lights, small reverse lamps and a second bumper that flanks retro corner trim.
By 1954, Ma Mopar’s interest in 6-cylinders began to wane in favor of the mighty FirePower 8-cylinder. Given that the Town and Country was the New Yorker’s ultimate offering, our wagon moves thanks to an original Hemispherical V8. And, according to its date-correct C542-8-1001 engine stamp, this premium mill twists hearty 8.5 to 1 compression into 235 horsepower. Clocking in at 331 cubic inches, Chrysler’s original Hemi was introduced as a way to elevate Auburn Hill’s offerings above the pedestrian competition at GM and Ford. And the copy you see here appears to wear a roster of correct components, from its freshly painted air cleaner and casted bellhousing all the way to its heavy duty radiator and glass washer reservoir. Fire is provided by a traditional points distributor, which sequences sparks between a vintage Autolite generator and fresh Standard Motor wires. Combustion comes courtesy of a premium 4-barrel carburetor, which breathes through a correct intake and fully restored exhaust manifolds. The engine’s clean Aluminum paint contrasts well against the car’s Alpine Blue firewall and Satin Black fenders. And little details like “Chrysler FirePower” valve covers, an old school fuel bowl and a pair of restored Autolite horns round out a heavy dose of eyeball appeal.
According to Chrysler marketing, the New Yorker was “The Big Car in The Medium Price Field”. Not surprisingly, that statement still holds a lot of weight, as this classy boulevard king rides on a clean chassis that veils pothole-shattering solidity in a silky smooth ride. Behind the FirePower eight, an original PowerFlite 2-speed twists torque to a correct rear end. That tough driveline spins in a fully restored undercarriage that’s complete with robust control arms, stiff leaf springs and factory power steering. At the corners of that chassis, big drum brakes ensure solid, fade-free stops. Between those drums, traditional, single-pipe exhaust employs a fresh turbo muffler that sounds deep and civilized. And all this road-worthy hardware rolls on old school wire wheels which spin meaty 8.20-15 BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls.
The spectacular cockpits in 50s-era Detroit iron need no introduction, but here goes. Twist this Chrysler’s bright chrome handles and you’ll find a classy blue interior that stays completely true to the car’s smooth, two-tone paint. Rebuilt bench seats are all-day comfortable and feature supple hides that fit well and feel great. Beneath those seats, soft carpet props fresh, color-keyed floor mats next to clean kick panels and small black sills. At the edges of that carpet, flawless door skins anchor bright white armrests between sculpted toppers and correct chrome hardware. At the front of those skins, a curved dash is layered in glossy paint, correct telemetry, and spectacular gold and silver trim. The driver spins a blue steering wheel around a full horn ring, a classic Chrysler centerpiece and a traditional gear selector. And passengers store their essentials in a freshly finished cargo hold that mixes straight blue panels with mirrored bows and gorgeous wood trim.
The sale of this rare people mover includes an original owner’s manual.
Combining a high quality restoration with acute attention to detail, this super cool wagon is some of the best metal your money can buy! Add in the car’s smooth drivetrain and low production numbers, and it’s virtually guaranteed to gain both value and exclusivity. We all know it’s becoming increasingly tough to find unique, factory-correct classics. Don’t miss your chance to own one of the finest Chryslers ever produced!