Wood is Good:

1948 Chrysler Convertible

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Few cars in the collector world are as iconic and cherished as Woodies are.

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Consequently, values of woodies have been rising constantly. Leading the pack are wagons (the proverbial "surfmobiles") and convertibles.

The 1948 Chrysler Convertible presented here is such a car. Featuring a mellow patina, it benefitted from some sensible upgrades, most of which improve its handling and performance.

The inline flathead lump with the weight of a boat anchor was replaced with a 1970 Chrysler 318 V8 engine, coupled to a 3-speed Torqueflite automatic of the same vintage. We installed a new battery and had the carburetor professionally rebuilt. The engine starts on the button and runs as smoothly as you'd hope for -- light years ahead of its 1940s relative. There are no unsightly fluid leaks, nor is there any ill behavior to report.

Having spent the past decades of its life in a prominent Southern California collection, the car hasn't seen much use. It was rented out for movie productions a few times and has been enjoyed top down equally often. Given the California weather, it most likely hasn't seen a drop of rain in 30+ years.

All of the wood is in good plus to very good condition. It's fair to assume that it has been refurbished at some point in time.

Tan convertible top -- black on the inside -- is also in splendid condition. It opens and closes easily.

The huge, bread-loaf-shaped body is solid like a tank. The paint, shiny as it is, is many years old and shows a myriad of imperfections. With the exception of the driver's door window, which has some cracks, all of the glass is in great condition.

1940s dashboard is simple, yet at the same time exudes elegance. Note that the gear selector for the fluid drive transmission has been adapted to the Torqueflite.

Fitting: pipe holder and what is arguably the best art-deco radio -- ever.

Dark red leatherette interior is in good condition throughout. Red carpeting is "very good."

This woody seats 6 adults.

Cavernous trunk holds a car cover and various spares as well as a set of pillar-mounted spot lights.

Super cool: center-mounted brake light.


Drive off

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Freeway driving


You are most welcome to inspect this fine automobile at our location in Ventura, by appointment, or have someone inspect it for you.
Please, direct all inquiries to bill@californiaclassix.com or call us at 805-653-5551.