A Chrysler Town & Country Convertible Car Stands in Marseille

A Chrysler Town & Country Convertible Car Stands in Marseille

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With increasing production volumes in the 1950s, wood became too difficult for manufacturers to work with because of its natural variation, such as knots. Steel’s strength and reliability made it the preferred material for automakers, ending the woodies era and making bygones of the elegant varnished doors and side panels of cars like the Nash Suburban and Chrysler Town and Country from the 1940s.