1948 Ford Station Wagon "Woody"
Lot 108
1948 Ford Super DeLuxe "Woodie" Station Wagon Chassis no. 899A2254882
US$ 130,000 - 150,000
£84,000 - 97,000

Lot Details
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1948 Ford Super DeLuxe "Woodie" Station Wagon
Chassis no. 899A2254882
239ci V8 Engine
Single Holley Two-Barrel Carburetor
100bhp at 3800rpm
3-Speed Manual Column-Shift Transmission
Front Solid Axle, Real Live Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Fine example of one of the last true Woodies
*34,033 indicated miles
*Carefully stored for most of its life
*Professionally refinished to very high standards
*Final year of all-wood bodied wagons



The 1941 - 1948 Ford

Ford introduced their last pre-war model in 1941, with a design by Bob Gregorie. The 1942 Fords were the last produced before civilian production was shut down in favor of supporting the war effort. For the return to civilian production in 1946, the design was refreshed, with the final 1947 refresh lasting until the 1949 model year. While the styling was long-lived, it still inspired others – the Swedish Volvo 444 being one such vehicle apparently influenced by Ford's styling.

For the woodies built at the Iron Mountain plant, Ford sourced their wood from their own forests in northern Michigan. They also milled the wood, and built the bodies. Apparently, they let easy access to timber go to their heads, because it appears everywhere in the car – exterior panels, interior door panels, even the interior roof was finished with wood slats. Curiously, the dash had a painted-on simulated wood finish.

The 1948 Ford was a car of lasts: the last to have a full wooden body, the last built during Henry Ford's lifetime, the last US iteration of the flathead, the last with a crank option to start (one end of the lug wrench could be inserted though the grill to crank the engine over if your battery died). In spite of all the historic milestones, they were very capable drivers. According to period reviews, these were among the best cruising cars, and can comfortably manage freeway speeds allowing them to be usable still today. They were also recognized for having excellent brakes in their time. However, the station wagons were no doubt most comfortable in small town settings; running to the depot, hauling equipment, or going to the market.


The Motorcar Offered

With a recent body-off paint job in dark green on the original metal, and a newly varnished wooden body, this Ford presents excellently and shows the pride of its current longtime owner. It's also still young in mileage, with a mere 34,033 miles indicated on its odometer, believed to be original mileage from new. As such, the driving experience closely mirrors what a Ford owner in the early 1950s would have felt.

The Woodie has been well-kept mechanically through the years, having been in the ownership of its current caretaker for many years. During his ownership the Woodie has been a hit at local shows, and enjoyed on the road as Ford intended.

The flathead 239 V8 and three-speed column-shift transmission will keep one moving along at a good clip, and a period roof rack offers plenty of room for luggage when the time comes to get the family in the car for a back roads vacation. While you're driving, listen to period music (or period static!) on the original radio. When the day's driving is done, use the original spot light to scope out a camping spot. On weekends, toss some saddles or clubs in the back and take it to the country club for some relaxation. A quintessential American icon, this Woodie is reported by the vendor to be an excellent driver, and should provide many more happy miles over the years.
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