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Lot 83
1947 Ford 'Woodie' Station Wagon

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CHASSIS NO: 779A1587488

• Extensive three-year custom build
• Corvette LT-1 engine, street and show ready
• Multiple awards from hot rod and custom periodicals


5.7-liter V-8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, independent front and rear leaf spring suspension; four-wheel hydraulic power brakes - front disc, drum rear; wheelbase: 114”


The Ford ‘Woodie’ is an icon of the fabled surf culture born of Southern California’s sun, sand and surf. Its station wagon body has become the model of choice for customization and hot rodding. The Woodie’s mix of sheet metal and wood are a stark contrast, producing a look both sophisticated and aggressive. In 1947, 16,107 Woodie station wagons were built; a minuscule number compared to Ford’s overall passenger car production of 381,109. Even more rare is such a high-quality customized Woodie as presented here.

This Woodie boasts African mahogany door panels that beautifully contrast with the oak door frames. The woodwork is finely crafted and required a year of skilled labor. The black exterior paint and quality Haartz cloth top allow the highly varnished woodwork to take center stage in this masterpiece of custom work. Four Billet Specialties Legacy wheels complete the dramatic effect: 18” wide wheels up front and 20” wide in the rear, which give extra traction for quick acceleration.

This fine example has the performance to match its good looks. With a Corvette LT-1 V-8 and durable GM 4L60E four-speed transmission, it is reliable and powerful. Power is sent to the pavement by the tried and true Ford nine-inch rear axle. With 3:50 rear gear ratio, this custom Woodie can cruise at highway speeds with ease and efficiency. A set of Wilwood front disc brakes provide extreme stopping power. The comfort of air-conditioning and the ease of steering by the powered rack and pinion make this custom perfect for cruising the beach front. The interior is wrapped in rich red leather and features three row seating for those days your groupies need a ride to the beach.

The meticulous, three-year-build of this Woodie was rewarded with multiple accolades from such noted car culture periodicals as Street Rodder, Rod & Custom and from such nationally recognized shows as the Goodguys Rod & Custom, National Street Rod and Shades of the Past. Stop California dreamin’ and start making your own waves in this supreme custom Woodie.

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