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Lot 341: Chrysler Windsor Highlander Convertible

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

The Chrysler Windsor was introduced in 1940 along with its littler (Royal) and bigger (Newport) siblings as part of Chrysler's pre-WWII push toward modernity. Full fenders incorporated into the hood and an enveloping body were now the norm, and following WWII things changed little as companies rushed to offer civilian products for the first time in almost four years. The pre-WWII was forward thinking and aged well after the war, lasting until 1953 save for some cosmetic updates. Power came from the 251ci inline-6, the 'Spitfire Six', which produced 116hp. Body styles included a sedan, a coupe, a wagon and a convertible. The Chrysler offered here is a beautifully original car that has had only two owners since new and has less than 35,000 original miles. Well equipped when new, the original owner, one Rosemary Everard of Northbrook, IL certainly checked all of the boxes when ordering the car. Among the notable options one could request on their Windsor was the Highlander package, which included lovely plaid cloth and leatherette seating. This option has become one of the most sought after features in a Windsor or Town & Country. Rosemary chose this option for her convertible, along with the AM radio and heater. Mrs. Everard drove the car sparingly in Chicago until 1959 when she put it in storage until 1974. Upon removal from storage, the gas tank was replaced. In 1981, a new convertible top was fitted. In 39 years of ownership, the car was only driven only 22,000 miles. The current vendor acquired the car from Mrs. Everard in November 1989, shipping the car out of the Midwest for the first time to the West Coast. Under the vendor's car, the car was repainted and the chrome replated in 1999. The original wool plaid in the rear seats and door panels have been retained while the front seats and carpets have been recently replaced. Ride and handling have been improved with a set of radial tires mounted to the original rims. Driven sparingly but actively (including a trip from the Bay Area to Tahoe and back), this stylish and original convertible is presented with its original owner's manual, the original dealer's sticker, factory chalk markings in the trunk, an original Florida sticker from 1954, and the original sales contract, letters and services records. The vendor reports that the car runs and drives beautifully. Offered on a Certificate of Title.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number341
Estimate$45000-$50000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1950
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Chassis number70838625
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Number of doors2