Latter-Day Woodie: 1988 Chrysler Town and Country

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The Town & Country was Chrysler’s top-of-the-line station wagon from 1940 until 1988. It began as a true wood-bodied wagon before World War II, and ended as a front-wheel-drive K-Car variant in the late 1980s (it was a minivan after that). This 1988 edition has been in the same family since new and looks and drives great, but there may be an issue related to the title. Perhaps for that reason, bidding has been light on this potential survivor from Colbert, Washington that’s offered here on eBay where $710 is where the bidding stands with no reserve. Hats off to T.J. for another Mopar tip!

K-Car production is credited with pulling Chrysler’s chestnuts out of the fire in the 1980s. Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth divisions all had their versions of the little cars which offered FWD with 4-cylinder power. From 1982 through 1988, the Town & Country was part of the Chrysler LeBaron portfolio and had simulated woodgrain exterior trim on station wagons and convertibles (remember the one from the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles?). 1988 was the last year for the T&C as a K-Car wagon and just over 2,100 copies were built, making them somewhat rare 35 years later.

According to the seller, this ’88 T&C has been in the same family since Day One and its condition reflects an automobile that was gently used. Considering its Pacific Northwest location, it’s hard to imagine the wagon has never been out in Winter weather, but that’s what we’re told. If you were looking for mint condition in appearance, it might be hard to find one any nicer, especially at 92,000 reported miles. Some recent work has been done to keep it roadworthy, including all fluids, brakes, and struts. The air conditioning compressor is also new.

The thing that is concerning is that the seller goes to the trouble of providing an Experion Auto Check Report but doesn’t comment on the red flag the report divulges. There was an insurance loss reported in 2011 that’s not explained by the seller. Was the vehicle stolen and later recovered? Does that have any impact on the title of the car being transferrable without issue? If you’re going to provide such a report, don’t overlook it in the details department. That seems to be the only thing you could find amiss with this modern-day “Woodie”.

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  1. Maggy

    You can’t beat it for the price. Great utilitarian car.I never cared for these cars but if it goes cheap and all the work done to it I’d buy it for a driver all day long. Turn heads for sure. Head gaskets are easy to do as well as t belts. Glwts. I like it.

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  2. Maggy

    To the seller….car looks just as good in person as it does in the pictures.There I fixed it for you.

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  3. Big Bear 🇺🇸

    Nice TC Turbo.. but I wonder about the electronic dash. I remember sending these out for repair a lot back in my Chrysler days. Unless you know electronic place that’s works on them otherwise good luck. Yes driving this wagon is nice…between $8-10,000 is a good buy. As long everything is working good. Good luck to the next owner..🐻🇺🇸

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    • Greg B Greg BMember

      The “insurance loss” is an issue that needs clarification. It does look to be in excellent condition.

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  4. Martin

    It’s all rigged the game is tilted That’s just the way the owner of this TC wagon orchestrated his auction. No Thanks I will pass bidding on this one

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  5. Blake, does my opinion really matter ???

    Why, oh why, oh why, am I lusting for this car? Something about me may not be rite ha ha ha ha! If it had digital gauge clusters I’d be over the moon and back LOL. These were actually smallish cars. When I bought my first Soul (1 of 4) my neighbors kid had just inherited the 1986 Aries K version of this wagon. That 2011 Soul was about the same size, actually the Soul made the K wagon look like a dwarf. parked side by side. Any time I see an 80s car still alive and on the road, I’m amazed by their small size

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  6. Howard A. Howard AMember

    Woodie or woody? Tomato,,tomahto, Cummings,,Cummins, apparently, both are recognized, I always thought “woody” for a wood clad wagon. “Woodie” has an entirely different meaning to some. I had quite a few of “these” cars, had that motor in a Plymouth minivan. Claimed to add 50 hp to the stock motor. Not sure about that, it did have more power but loved oil. These were okay cars, for a changing world, but to think these had ANY relation to the fantastic road cars of the past, is in name only. I think for once, the bidding is spot on,,,,

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  7. Robert Levins

    There aren’t many of these K-cars because they didn’t build them very well. Most of them hit the junkyard after 100,000 miles or so. RATTLING and VIBRATIONS were common around 60,000 . Fun cars but junk unless you really, meticulously, maintained them. This 1988 Town and Country Chrysler K-car looks pretty well kept and for a decent price, WILL provide a really nice cars and coffee talking piece. Just don’t drive it too much AND maintain it well. It’ll last a while longer – good luck!

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