17 May 1999
1948 CHRYSLER WINDSOR CLUB BUSINESS COUPE
Chassis no. To be advised
Black with brown cloth interior.
Engine: straight eight 250.6cu. in., 114bhp at 3600rpm; Gearbox: four speed column shift; Suspension: front independent, rear live rear axle with half elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel hydraulically operated drum. Left hand drive.
By the late 1930s, Chrysler had settled down to supply good-looking solidly engineered automobiles to, perhaps slightly conservative, Americans. By the late 1940s little had changed. Kaufmann Keller, Walter Chrysler's successor since 1940, favoured a high roof line. Speaking in California in 1948, he reminded his audience that there were parts of the USA where millions of men and women wore hats driving their cars or riding in the back seats. In many respects Chryslers of the late 1940s symbolised the best of Detroit, perhaps a touch more restrained than their rivals, but solidly engineered, fast and comfortable, proudly flaunting elaborate die cast chromium plated grilles. In 1948 the marque offered six separate ranges, from the least costly Royal to the sumptuous Crown Imperial.
Built on the shortest 121in. chassis the Windsor fitted in the middle, but even here there were eight separate body styles. This is one such example with original interior trim and manual, column change gearbox. It shows 12,200 miles o the odometer which may be original to the car. The rear windows also wind down for added ventilation. The car is Swiss registered.
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The engine is six cylinder and not eight as stated in the catalogue. Also, the brakes are not currently working.
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