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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1940 Ford Woody Wagon


1940 Woody Wagon
1940 Ford Woody Wagon | Barrett-Jackson photo

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection

Editor’s note: This is the 10th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January.

This 1940 Ford Woody Wagon (Lot #2021) was restored by Doug Delorme, a 30-plus year employee in the design department of Ford Motor Company. Delorme acquired the car from the family of Mrs. Kales of Whitehead and Kales. The car was reportedly a gift from Henry Ford to Mrs. Kales as a wedding present.

Period-correct, the restoration was a frame-off undertaking that retained the structural wood with all-new birch paneling. The Thorne Brown paint was a 1940 Ford color.

This 1940 Ford Woody Wagon is scheduled to cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Tuesday January 13.

The Ron Pratte Collection will begin being auctioned with automobilia from Saturday, January 10 at 9 a.m. (MST) through Tuesday, January 13 at 1 p.m. Prattes vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 Saturday, January 17.


  1. ’40 Ford woody-wagon ‘restored’ w/new birch paneling.

    You’re not replacing, you’re restoring! Why would you not refinish the original birch that came w/the car!!!


    So a major portion of the original car, actually THEE most significant portion of the original car is now gone.

    Why would you do this?????

    This is not the car that Henry Ford gifted. I wouldn’t buy it.

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