<B>1948 CHEVROLET FLEETMASTER 'WOODIE' STATION WAGON<br /></B><BR />Engine no. FAA66217

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1948 CHEVROLET FLEETMASTER 'WOODIE' STATION WAGON

Sold for US$ 62,700 inc. premium
1948 CHEVROLET FLEETMASTER 'WOODIE' STATION WAGON

Engine no. FAA662170

216.5ci Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
90bhp at 3300rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission, Rear Wheel Drive
Front Independent Coil Suspension, Rear Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Exquisite mahogany and ash workmanship
*Believed one of less than 100 existing today
*Beautifully restored with minimal mileage
*Socialite commuter wagon on Long Island
*Excellent condition throughout



THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This spectacular Fleetmaster 'Woodie' represents one of the last of the bloodline of wooden bodied cars built in the United States. Chevrolet produced 10,171 of these automobiles, but largely due to the extreme maintenance and labor required to upkeep the superb craftsmanship of the light ash frame and contrasting mahogany panels, it is believed by the National Woodie Club that there are fewer than 100 of these 1948 Fleetmasters in existence today. This example is in pristine condition.

These four door, eight passenger wagons were the elite of Chevrolet line. The automaker halted production during the war and immediately afterwards, partly due to a shortage of steel and a burgeoning market for something distinct and more sophisticated, the Woodie was born and clothed in rich wood, making it both popular, expensive (base price $2,013) and exceptionally difficult to maintain.

This gorgeous Fisher bodied Fleetmaster dressed in Oxford Maroon was built in Flint, Michigan, and although the car is largely undocumented it is believed to have been used for many years by an elite family of a Gatsby-esque estate who used it to commute their well-heeled guests from the train station to the Gold Coast of Long Island. They had the car lovingly and accurately restored over a period of several years, paying extreme attention to detail. Finally, in 2010 the car was acquired by today's consignor and cared for with equal devotion.

Unquestionably beautiful from the outside, it is arguably the interior of this car that begs true appreciation. The exquisite burlwood dash, superb chrome trim, period-distinct knobs and dials are all set against the wood paneling of the doors and the vaulted wooden roof, which casts a subtle light into the car, exuding luxury and sophistication. These Woodies were equipped from factory with three rows of bench seats, the first and the third row seating three passengers each. The central row consisted of a two passenger jump seat a tad shorter in width to allow passenger entry to the rear seat. Oftentimes some or most of the seats of these vehicles were removed to facilitate cargo, but this example features the original configuration with all three seats intact and covered in the correct tan leatherette. This Woodie with only 400 miles on the frame-off restoration, also offers the much sought-after overdrive option, interior heat and directional signals, which facilitate modern driving.

Once the pride and prize of the jet-set of Long Island and now the popular icon of the surfing scene, the Woodie is the renaissance car – a fabulous contemporary driver, a souvenir of the craftsmanship of a bygone era, and a valuable addition to any collection.

Footnotes

  • FOOTNOTE: Please note, the trim tag for this vehicle decodes as a 1948 Chevrolet Sportsmaster Sedan with tan striped fabric over Maryland Black paint. Mechanically identical and cosmetically identical from the firewall forward to a Fleetmaster Station Wagon, it is possible that this example has had its undercarriage replaced at some point with that of a sedan.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the title for this car is in transit.
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