Pick of the Day: 1949 Ford woody wagon

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The Ford woody looks beautifully refinished

When one visualizes the classic post-war woody, the Pick of the Day is most likely what comes to mind: a 1949 Ford two-door woody wagon.

But not only does this woody look great, it has the kind of history that collectors dream about. According to the ad on ClassicCars.com, the Ford has been owned by just one family since rolling out of the showroom in January 1949.

The wood body looks to have been nicely refinished

The private seller, located in the dry Western climate of Hayden, Idaho, says the family wagon has never been wrecked or rusty and has been driven just 51,910 miles.

The woody has been treated to a frame-on restoration, the seller says, and comes with its original bill of sale, “quality stencils” in the engine bay, a photographic history, car-show awards, and new tires, hubcaps, headliner and upholstery.

The Ford is powered by its original flathead V8 and is in running condition, the ad says.

The steering wheel looks like the well-worn original

The woody looks just about right in the photos, with its light-gray paint job nicely setting off the wood bodywork, which appears to be in excellent condition. The under-the-hood photo is a bit less impressive, looking sort of ratty original, and the engine bay definitely could use some sprucing up to match the fine condition of the body and interior.

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These are not terribly rare cars, but one like this with a known one-family history makes it special indeed. Hopefully, the next owner will appreciate it for the survivor that it is and not turn it into some kind of Surf City refugee. It looks just fine without a surfboard on its roof. Besides, Idaho is not particularly known for its beach scene.

The asking price is $58,500, which seems in line with its provenance and condition, and maybe even a bit of a bargain.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

 

 

 

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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