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Highly coveted today as the ultimate Ford model of the 1930s, the 1939 Station Wagon or “Woodie” combined iconic styling directed by Edsel Ford in collaboration with E.T. “Bob” Gregorie with the upscale appeal and utility offered by its spacious wood-bodied passenger compartment. New hydraulic brakes, revised cylinder heads for the “Flathead” V-8, and welcome detail improvements provided mechanical sophistication to match its striking design, making Ford’s 1939 Station Wagon a true Classic Era masterpiece on all counts.
Thanks to Ford’s publicity department, which had long before perfected the art of product placement, Station Wagons were in the hands of top celebrities, at the front of parades, and shown in many movies. The era’s top entertainers, including Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Bette Davis, and Mickey Rooney, all owned Ford Station Wagons. Later, hot rodders added more power and mechanical updates, making the great basic vehicle even better.
This outstanding example clearly benefits from a top-quality restoration with a reported $15,000 spent on the interior alone. Henry’s old Flathead was replaced by a modern Chevrolet 350 cubic-inch V-8 engine, highly detailed and equipped with polished goodies, components, and accessories. A GM 700R4 overdrive automatic transmission provides cruising ease. Improved cooling is provided by an aluminum radiator. A modern Chevy front suspension was fitted, including power steering gear with tilt wheel, and the brakes were upgraded to power-assist.
Passenger comfort is assured with the welcome addition of air conditioning, and if the music from the exhaust pipes is not enough, the “Woodie” has been equipped with a hidden stereo unit including remote control and iPod connectivity. Retaining its slatted headlining and period feel, the interior also features modern but period-style instruments. The vehicle’s iconic exterior and overall presence is beautifully enhanced by real period-type Appleton fog lamps and a set of Halibrand-style wheels. Yet another exciting feature is the set of original 1939 California license plates, commemorating the 1939 New York World’s Fair, which are currently registered to the vehicle. Stunning inside and out, very well-equipped, and blending the best classic styling with enhanced drivability, this top-quality 1939 Ford “Woodie” is a can’t miss offering and simply must be seen.