1947 Chrysler Town & Country. A car thought to be once

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1947 Chrysler Town & Country. A car thought to be once owned by Bing Crosby, this fully restored 1947 Chrysler Town and Country was rescued from a life as a service station push vehicle by Daryl Hemken in February 1964. Hemken found the car in Boone, Iowa at a service station with a 2 x 12 board wired to the front bumper. It was being used to push cars into the station's service bay, a far cry from the vehicle's beginnings as one of Chrysler's most luxurious offerings of the era. The car ended up in Boone when a gentleman from that city was traveling in California with his family when his car quit. He found the car on a used car lot, loaded his family up and drove it back to Iowa. The story developed that the car had once belonged to Bing Crosby who, along with Red Skelton, had purchased identical cars on the same day. The car was brought back to the Hemken Collection and in 1989 a full restoration was begun in Ohio by an Amish craftsman, completed 12 years later and in the condition seen today. The car was one of Chrysler's top of line cars, unchanged from 1946 when it was reintroduced, sporting white ash with dark mahogany exterior panels, carefully finished in smooth and shiny clear coat. The window handles have the original folding (fobs) knobs and the interior seat upholstery has the original saran inserts. The exterior has the original twin spotlights and the factory luggage rack. This car is ready to travel in style! When the car was restored it participated in the Meadowbrook Hall Invitational Concours d'Elegance in 2001 and is a recipient of the AACA First Junior Award. It was also displayed at the Salisbury House Concours in 2001 and 2004, winning the people's choice award in 2001. For sheer post-war elegance, the Chrysler Town and Country is hard to beat and this example is ready to show and go.

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1947 Chrysler Town & Country. A car thought to be once
1947 Chrysler Town & Country. A car thought to be once
Lot number: 165
Seller: Rich Penn Auctions
Event: Hemken Auto Museum Collection
Ends: Saturday, September 18 | 9:00 AM  Central

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