<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096

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Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis
1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON
Coachwork by Mid-State Body Company

Sold for US$ 46,200 inc. premium
Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis
1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON
Coachwork by Mid-State Body Company

Chassis no. G392457
Engine no. G159096
230ci L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
95bhp at 3,200rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Four-Wheel Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs with Semi-Floating Hypoid Rear Axle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis
*Built by the same company that built factory bodies for GM
*Lost for 30 years in a Pennsylvania barn
*Little used since the completion of its restoration


THE OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70

Introduced for the 1939 model year, the G-Series 70 slotted neatly between the bottom of the line F-Series 60 Six and the top of line L-Series 90 Eight. Featuring a 120 inch wheelbase shared with the L-Series and the reliable straight six from the F-Series, a variety of body styles shared with the larger L-Series were offered including four two-door models and a four-door Sedan. The G-Series 70 proved to be a hit with more of that Series produced in '39 than the F- and L-Series cars combined.

For 1940, the antepenultimate year of passenger car production prior to WWII, the letter designations were dropped in favor of names. The bottom of the line F-Series became the Special, the top of the line L-Series became the Custom Cruiser and the middle range L-Series took on the Dynamic moniker. The Dynamic soldiered on with its 120 inch wheelbase, which was now four inches shorter than the Custom, but the engine was unchanged and the body style offerings also continued unabated. Proving to be Olds' best seller for the second year running, nearly 80,000 Dynamics would roll off the line in 1940.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The Station Wagon body was only offered by Oldsmobile on the bottom of the line Special 60-Series. Sharing its wheelbase and dimensions with the Chevrolet Special Deluxe Wagon, it offered the brand engineering for which GM was famous. As was the standard practice then, coachbuilding for special models such as the model-intensive Wagons was contracted out to outside body companies. One such company was Mid-State Body Company in Waterloo, New York had been building custom commercial bodies, including special wagons, on GM chassis for years before the General formally contracted Mid-State to manufacture the wagon bodies.

This Olds appears to be a one-off custom featuring the station wagon body found only on the 116 inch wheelbase Special chassis mounted on a longer 120 inch wheelbase Dynamic frame. The work is of course up to factory build standards as the body was manufactured and fitted by the very company producing the bodies for plenty of other GM wagons.

The only known Dynamic Station Wagon almost went completely unknown, however, as it ended up tucked away in a barn in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania from 1958 until 1988 when it was discovered by J.W. Norman, also of Chambersburg. The barn in which the wagon was hidden was slated for demolition and Mr. Norman, a local enthusiast had spotted the car parked on a construction trailer sitting on the site. A deal was quickly struck for the car and off it went to its new home.

Not having run since 1958—as indicated by its most recent, dusty 1958 Pennsylvania registration tag—just an oil change and club and point job was needed to bring the car back to life.

Following its discovered nearly 27 years ago, the Olds was completely restored—a process that took about two decades. The original wood was retained as much as possible while the leatherette upholstery and very hard to find parchment type interior panels were also saved if they were serviceable.

The wagon appears in none of the dealer material from 1940, but a mid-year factory sales folder entitled, "A Deluxe Station Wagon by Oldsmobile" seems to allude intended purpose of this wagon as a design study for a future model that would never be. The body tag decodes to indicate that the car was originally a two-door, five-passenger sedan but given that no style number existed for a model that was not produced, this is unsurprising.

Barely used since its restoration, today it stands as a wholly unique woody. Documented in the Oldsmobile Club of America's June 1988 issue of Journey With Olds, you're certainly guaranteed to never run into another one!

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<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
<i>Unique, one-off Woody Wagon on a Dynamic chassis</i><br /><b>1940 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC SERIES 70 STATION WAGON  </b><br />Chassis no. G392457 <br />Engine no. G159096
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