1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261

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Lot 316
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon,
Registration no. TL 6863 Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261

Sold for £ 52,100 (US$ 70,693) inc. premium
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon

Registration no. TL 6863
Chassis no. 3261
Engine no. 3261

Footnotes

  • The 'Woodie' station wagon, with its characteristically half-timbered body ranks alongside the pickup truck or today's people carrier as quintessentially American. The style originated in the 1930s, its popularity peaking immediately after WWII, though the style has been periodically revived by manufacturers on both sides of the Atlantic. Towards the end of the 1950s the Woodie became the vehicle of choice among California surfers, who appreciated its ability to carry several passengers and their boards. Surfer pop bands, The Beach Boys and Jan & Dean both referred to them in hit singles, thereby enshrining the Woodie's cult status. It has also featured in countless Hollywood movies. Sadly, after active service in World War II having been requisitioned, most were cut down or scrapped when the body timbers rotted, and the relatively few that survive today are both highly prized and increasing in value.

    This RHD example dates from 1937, a landmark year for Ford that marked the introduction of all-steel bodies, more modern styling features, including teardrop headlights faired into the wing tops. The DeLuxe V8 model, when originally offered, was distinguished by a higher level of equipment, such as on this example it features the first built-in car radio, radiator blind, cigarette lighter and a steering lock. Assembled in Canada for export, this Woodie retains it's genuine 6 volt system and was delivered new to the Irnham estate near Grantham, Lincolnshire in August 1937, remaining there for the next 30 years.

    'TL 6863' was totally restored mechanically in 1988 by Timbercraft Restoration of Shaftesbury, skilfully restoring the body which is authentic in every detail. The cabin has moulded decoration with mottled metal dashboard, hinged window winders all round, black leatherette roof covering, while the seats are upholstered in brown vinyl. Prospective purchasers should note that the rear skulls and front greyhound mascot shown in the photographs are being retained by the vendor.

    Between December 1989 and 2000, the Woodie formed part of Les Amateurs de Voitures Anciennes collection in Paris. The car is currently owned by a knowledgeable Woodie enthusiast, and has appeared in the 2002/3 Television Programme 'Particular Pubs' and at the 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed 'Cartier Style et Luxe' Concours d'Elegance. It is in extremely good condition throughout - including the very expensive-to-restore woodwork – and hard to fault. There are even some fitted tools inside the trunk lid.

    Offered with old-style continuation logbook, MoT to March 2011 and Swansea V5, and other documentation, this conservatively priced Woodie represents a rare opportunity to acquire a fully restored example of these delightful and charismatic vehicles. Perhaps the model of choice, the running chassis being based on the Lincoln Continental.

1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
1937 Ford V8 Model 78 Deluxe 'Woodie' Station Wagon, Chassis no. 3261 Engine no. 3261
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