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Pick of the Day: Resto-mod ’48 Chrysler Town & Country convertible

Exterior looks factory original, but much has been changed inside and underneath


The Pick of the Day is indeed most likely a one-of-a-kind resto-mod. On the outside it appears to be a nicely preserved wood-trimmed 1948 Chrysler Town and Country convertible. But beneath the surface, there’s a 2019 6.4-liter Hemi Scat Pack crate engine, an updated interior and other modifications.

The car is being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Syosset, New York.

Resto-mod ’48 Chrysler Town & Country convertible

The dealer reports that the modifications to the classic Chrysler were done by Atomic Speed in Staunton, Virginia, and involved more than 3,000 hours of work.

The car sits on an Art Morrison custom chassis, has a 9-inch Ford rear, Mustang II front suspension, 4-link rear suspension, Wilwood brakes, MagnaFlow exhaust, and a long list of other components.

The exterior ash wood trim is original, though clearcoated, and that the paint color is Billiard Burgundy, the dealer says, adding that the paint and clearcoat came from R.N. Nason & Co., which was the original supplier to Chrysler back in the post-war era.

Resto-mod ’48 Chrysler Town & Country convertible

The engine is a 392cid Hemi Scat Pack V8 produced in 2019 and linked to a 5-speed automatic transmission.

The Chrysler’s interior has been updated with Inteletronix digital instrumentation, 6-speaker Kenwood audio, Vintage Air and much more, including custom TMI bucket seats, custom hot-rod steering wheel, lots of suede and leather, and a custom center console with cup holders.

The original convertible frame was retained but it has a new fabric top. The dealer also notes that the reproduction spotlights and swan-neck mirrors reflect original factory options. 

Resto-mod ’48 Chrysler Town & Country convertible

The asking price is $174,500. 

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. A shining example of a beautiful car almost completely destroyed by its “updating”. If people want modern cars, why don’t they simply buy them?

  2. It’s simple: people want the style of a vintage or classic but can’t be bothered with the hassles that come with 70+ year old machinery.
    I’m 63. What wouldn’t l give for the internal workings of a seventeen year old inside the body my friends have become accustomed to seeing

  3. because thay don,t make modern cars with such style these days you should see my 38 chevy sadan delevery i wish i knew how to post a picture for you

    • most of these cars i have seen are trailer queens or if they are running they don’t run good. thats just the way it was back then- i have no problem upgrading to disc brakes and a real 12 volt system. real a/c and get rid of that fluid drive pos transmission. i can spend just as much or cheaper going disc brake as i can restoring old drum brakes which are outdated..back in 1947 a engine was worn out at 70.000 miles. actualy people today want the safer features and are willing to pay for them. i have a model t and i installed disc brakes in it because at that time it had 2 wheel brakes and you just can’t drive on modern highways with that or a 20 hp engine. nice job on this chrysler

    • But there is more to “style” than the outside of a car. This one is now missing the style that was that impressive dash, the bakelite knobs, the huge seat where you could fit all your girlfriends, (until you found the right one). So much gone.

  4. Wow! What a disaster. Just imagine what this car could have been with the same amount of time and money spent on restoration/preservation. I think it’s sad, but people are free to do what they want with their money and cars. Never, never would doing this to that car have crossed my mind.

  5. This vehicle should have been restored to its original condition in my opinion. I agree with some of the previous post in that if you want all the engine updates, suspension, etc. then go buy a newer car. It seems like the builders were trying to build a “ sleeper” car but a 48 Chrysler convertible does not fit that scenario!

  6. I guess it comes down to, do you prefer to drive your cars or put them under wrap, on a self in a climate controlled environment. I like driving my cars, therefore this appeals to me. Retro look with modern reliability and cheap parts. If it was restored to period correct, I’d be sending it to a museum for storage and display, too afraid I couldn’t find replacement parts.

  7. i understand everyones feeling yet this is what the ” car ” doing, making, upgradind, saving and building is all about just like back in the 1800 everyone wanted to build cars “the car “….. well here you go…!!
    i myself am looking for a 1935 chevy deluxe or other , would like for it to have a straight eight or” v ” well over 8 cylinders ..maybe… , but i will chop it my way to come close to an auburn body .. the cars from those era being on a chassis it will be easy to realise with a stong base…
    being in france now i just brought all my toys to work on and now glad i did because of what is happening world wide …there are many barn that withold true historical cars..lately i saw a report of a familly transfering a rochet-schneider from 1905 more than 60 years in the same familly can send the video by messenger if any interested …but is in french the car was sold to a museum.. the price is not mentionned don’t ask …they will not restore it , but keep it the way it is …has it was well kept all this time…

  8. I have no problem with Resto-Mods in general,but I have to say that this example is very much let down by the interior work. The design work is just so rudimentary,a higher quality interior would , to me, be required before coming anywhere near the asking price.

  9. I have no problem with a Restomod, depending on the make/model. A vehicle like this I would try very hard to restore it to original because of how beautiful and exquisite these automobiles are in their own right.

  10. The guys defending the restomod talk like it’s going to be a daily driver, and that makes reliability a major concern. The reality is the cars in both camps are only going to be driven on special occasions and to car shows.


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