CHASSIS NO: 799A1958510
• 15-year build with all wood restored and refinished by a respected Woodie expert in California
• Fully customized and ready to be enjoyed
• Classic '40s style with all the modern amenites
• Ideal for exhibition, events and touring
5.7-liter, 350 cid fuel-injected LT1 V-8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, Mustang II front suspension with disc brakes; wheelbase: 114”
The Ford Super Deluxe Woodie Wagon is the standard by which every Woodie is judged. From significant Woodie collectors to die-hard hot rodders and beach-loving surfers, this is the car that has captured the world’s imagination for generations and this RestoMod is an example that was custom made to drive and enjoy. With fifteen years of custom restoration and a comprehensive wood restoration and refinish by a Woodie specialist in California, this 5.7-liter V-8-powered wagon is ready to provide some fun and turn some heads while doing it.
At its pinnacle, the Ford Woodie was the top of its genre. Ford even had its own forest on Iron Mountain in Michigan where it sourced all of its wood; the woodwork was done entirely in-house, and the quality still shows over 75 years later. Nevertheless, the fascinating origins of the Woodie is quite humble. Known as “depot hacks,” the first woodies were manufactured by local coach makers across the country who purchased chassis only and built the bodies from wood as they would have for horse-drawn carriages a decade prior. Hotels, resorts, and various business owners would buy the local-made woodies and chauffeur their guests from the train depot – hence the name. Woodies became increasingly popular, and Ford crafted its first offering in 1929, although the height of their production was in the ‘40s. Ford Super DeLuxe, the banner under which the Woodie was produced, was essentially a marque within the Ford marque; it intended to differentiate as GM did with branding Cadillac, Chrysler, Buick and so on.
Following the war, Ford returned to civilian production in 1946 and gave its Woodie a refresh. The design would last until 1949 with a few tweaks along the way. The post-war baby boom and move to the suburbs was kismet for the family friendly yet luxurious Woodie Super Deluxe Wagon. By 1949, structural wooden production was no longer cost effective, and this model was the last produced where wood was structural. The public moved on, then a massive resurgence in popularity was ushered in with the Sixties surf culture. A whole new generation fell in love with the dovetail wooden craftsmanship and full length that could accommodate surfboards. Today, Woodies continue to have their own die-hard followers. They are so uniquely American and encompass myriad chapters of our history. They involve more craftsmanship and painstaking detail than almost any automobile our shores have ever produced. Over time, one thing continues to remain true, the Ford Woodie is part of our narrative, our tapestry. They are truly something special and will always remain a classic, but they were also designed to drive and enjoy. If that’s what you have been searching for, look no further.
The 1947 Ford Super DeLuxe Woodie we have the pleasure of offering here is the product of a 15-year custom restoration with the primary aim of crafting a world-class Woodie that can be enjoyed to the fullest. Whether it’s ‘Cruisin’ the Coast,’ hot rodding or a long Sunday drive, this example is primed and ready for a road trip. Finished in classic black with a black padded top, gleaming steel front fenders and brightwork offset by beautiful wooden panels that were restored and refinished in California by a top Woodie specialist, this handsome Woodie rolls on steel wheels with classic Ford hubcaps and trim rings. The custom red leather interior and carpeting is offset by the incredible wooden craftsmanship found in ceiling. With vintage looks, period-style gauges, working passenger side clock and endless modern amenities, close inspection of the cabin reveals Vintage air-conditioning and heat, custom tilt column with leather-wrapped steering wheel, custom Kenwood sound system with AM/FM/CD stereo and mid-range and double subwoofers built into the back seats. Inside the highly detailed and chromed engine compartment is a 5.7-liter, 350 cubic-inch, fuel-injected LT1 V-8 motor and Serpentine belt system connected to a 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, which rides on Mustang II front suspension with power steering and disc brakes. Perfect for hot rodders, beach lovers or Woodie collectors yearning for one to drive! With less than 5,000 miles since its comprehensive restoration, this one-of-a-kind, iconic Ford Woodie Wagon is just begging for a day at the beach or a cruise up Highway 1 switchbacks.