Woodie Station Wagon
1929 Ford Woodie Station Wagon
1929 Ford Woodie Station Wagon
There's something timeless about early Woodie wagons, perhaps because they represent a time when craftsmen, not robots, built cars. Their upkeep requires a bit more commitment (and a bit more elbow grease) than with steel-bodied cars, giving owners more reason to spend time in the garage. When production of the Model A ended in March of 1932, there were 1,507,132 of the 1929 Ford Model A's of which only 4,954 Model A Station Wagons were manufactured.
For consignment a Woodie Station Wagon offered and manufactured by Ford. This 8-passenger wagon has been restored to a beautiful shine and is in excellent condition. With a bulletproof interior, it could be used in literally any type of weather. There are no side panels with this version of the wagon. The current owner and consigner, had it for over 10 years. It was purchased from family friend who owned itsince the '60s. This car was restored back in the day by Slifer Motor Works on the Main Line and is maintained by them still today.
A straight steel hood and cowling in Dark Tan emulating the color of chocolate milk is flanked by steel curved fenders on front and rear, with a running board connecting them. These are covered in Black with a rubber covered running board. Steel spoked wheels in Black, are wrapped with 3' tires with wide white sidewalls. 2 additional spares tuck neatly into each front fender, and rest on the running boards. A black vinyl covered sunshade covers the top of a flip out windscreen to allow for air circulation. The same vinyl covers the expansive top. The passenger compartment is made up of beautifully restored paneled Birch wood, which shines like new. It has mahogany lath furring strips in its ceiling, then the vinyl above. All doors operate flawlessly.
Simple and utilitarian would be the buzz words, as these vehicles were used mostly by expensive resorts and inns of the day, and some early airports to shuttle quantities of people on short trips. A vinyl covered bench seat stretches across the interior on the front and rear, and 2 buckets make up the middle row to allow access to the rear bench, since our version is a 4-door wagon, with a tailgate. No side panels are seen so you will be in the elements per se with this wagon. A metal dash in matching” chocolate milk”(dark tan) with a chromed “mask style” instrument cluster in the center is fronted by an excellent condition original steering wheel. A non-synchronized transmission requires a double clutch, when rowing with the long shift lever.
The engine of this Model A is a water-cooled L-head 4-cylinder with a displacement of 201ci. This engine provided 40hp and top speed was around 65 mph. The transmission is a conventional 3-speed sliding gear manual unsynchronized unit with a single speed reverse.
A nice amalgamation of warm wood and cold steel all work together to create a solid and structurally sound undercarriage. This Model A also features 4-wheel mechanical drum brakes. This car was the first model to use the standard set of driver controls (with conventional clutch and brake pedals, throttle and gearshift), although there is a throttle lever and a timing advance on the wheel that are working, and the first car produced to have safety glass in the windshield.
My test drive was like going back in time picturing myself in the Adirondacks shuttling tourists to different hotels, inns, and restaurants. This wagon is a true driver, and looking out over the long hood, or rearward through the minute rear view mirror, was a real treat to drive. Quite the experience, and all within the confines of beautiful warm wood-ie!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 300 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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