I woke up to a spectacular Woody this morning. Now I know what you are probably thinking, and you are a naughty person for thinking that. Bad person…or whatever you identify yourself as. Bad person. Bad. Okay, enough scolding; I thought the same thing.
Most often spelled “Woodie”, these cars have a wooden body or a wood-clad body on a steel frame, and was popular-ish in the 1930’s and 1940’s, with some models persisting into the 50’s. Although there were a few examples that existed in the 1960’s, pretty much any car that had this design aesthetic after that had woodgrain appearing metal. In my book that’s no bueno.
Anyway, generally this style was found on a delivery vehicle or estate wagon, and sometimes on sedans. This particular one is on a Sedan Delivery. I’m not sure what that is, but it just about covers the bases. Perhaps it should be called a Sedan Delivery Estate Wagon just to make sure.
Either way, I’ve always admired these cars, but personally I’m far, far too lazy to ever have to maintain one. In the “Valley of the Sun” known as Phoenix, Arizona where I live, one thing that is great is that cars don’t really have a chance to rust. On the other hand, guitars explode into a pile of splinters because of the arid air. I’m not sure how much time it would take to turn this Woody/-ie into kindling, but I’m suspecting a few years here and it would be dust. Sadly. Because they are really cool. They’re perfect for Southern California and other Mediterranean climes though, but that’s just not where I am.
This Woodie is said by the seller to be a show quality, frame off restomod. It has less than 8k miles since the rebuild and gets weekend gallops to and from car shows. Body and cab fenders are original with new pain and the mahogany and oak has been restored inside and out. Custom Ford 289 V-8, new front and rear end, new T.C.I. Frame, new rims, tires, electric fan, wiring, gas tank, disc brakes, coilovers and shocks, magna flow exhaust. Also a new radiator/cooling system, new powder coating or paint on all appropriate surfaces, custom padded cloth, stereo, and chrome all redone or replaced.
That’s a lot of stuff to have done. It’s basically a new car in the shape of an old car. But it’s still an analog car, and while I don’t focus on too many hot rods, this is such a low-key gorgeous example of how well one could be done, I couldn’t resist.
That, and I really wanted to tell you about this morning’s Woody. Make an offer and you might wake up to one every day.
To contact the seller, click HERE to take you to the listing on craigslist where the seller/owner is asking $43,000 (but open to offers).