1939 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”

1939 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout “Barrel Back”


1939 Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout.

The iconic custom runabout, also known as the Barrel Back, was produced from 1939 to 1942, with a total of 433 hulls produced. They represented the highest level of craftsmanship Chris Craft ever offered because it required skilled craftsmen to produce the full half circle transom shape. These boats were the inspiration for Carlo Riva and his legendary Ariston and Aquarama models.

This example was restored by some of the best craftsmen in northern California. It represents a late 1939 build with two-piece coverboards. Unique to this year is the one-piece instrument panel. This boat has the fold down Bugatti style windshields as used in 1939 and 1940.

This Chris Craft 19ft Custom Runabout features correct pattern texture burgundy leather upholstery. It has a west system bottom, for no leak usability. Power is by a later period Chris Craft 158 hp MBL engine. The engine has been done to 1939 appearance including a model M serial plate. It comes on a refurbished tandem axle trailer.


  • Year: 1939
  • Builder: Chris Craft
  • Model: Custom Runabout
  • Length: 19ft
  • Engine: Chris Craft MBL 158 hp
  • Trailer: 1985 Tandem
  • Price: $89,900.00