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Pick of the Day: Post-war Packard applied the wood

It’s not a woody wagon, but a station sedan


When you think of a Woody, you likely think of Chrysler or Ford vehicles with their flanks adorned with wood paneling. But they weren’t the only automakers doing such things.

The Pick of the Day is a 1949 Packard woody station sedan (click on the link to see the ad) being advertised on ClassicCars.com by its private seller in Galesburg, Illinois.

“Packard joined the Woody market after the war with its Station Sedan,” the seller reports. “Built on the 22nd series platform this is a steel bodied car with the wood attached, except the tail gate which is on a wood frame.

“This ’49 is a 20-year-old cosmetic restoration with very good paint, big chrome and interior. The engine was not rebuilt and when I bought it, I expected to do a rebuild. But, after I drove it a while, I found the 288 c.i. in-line 8 runs and starts well. It burns a little oil but is so smooth that I decided to leave it alone. Three speed manual transmission provides plenty of torque for the 130 h.p.”

The seller adds that while the car is not quite of show-quality, all that might be needed is the re-chroming of the exterior handles and light frames. The seller also notes there are two non-original brackets on the tailgate that were on the car when it was acquired, and ads that neither the speedometer nor odometer are operating.

“It shows 58,108 miles but that is not correct,” the seller says of the odometer, adding, “The dashboard wood graining is spotted and showing its age.”

The color is Packard Sylvan Green and the wood is Northern maple.

“This is a fun driver and definitely will be the only one you’ll see at any car gathering,” the seller assures.

The car is being offered for $39,000. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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