The ‘Woody’ station wagon, with its characteristically half-timbered body ranks alongside the pickup truck or today’s people carrier as quintessentially American. The style originated in the 1930s, its popularity peaking immediately after WWII, though the style has been periodically revived by manufacturers on both sides of the Atlantic. Towards the end of the 1950s the Woody became the vehicle of choice among California surfers, who appreciated its ability to carry several passengers and their boards.
Surfer pop bands, The Beach Boys and Jan & Dean both referred to them in hit singles, thereby enshrining the Woody’s cult status. It has also featured in countless Hollywood movies. Sadly, after active service in World War II having been requisitioned, most were cut down or scrapped when the body timbers rotted, and the relatively few that survive today are both highly prized and increasing in value.
This lovely, highly sought after right hand drive example of this V8 Woody was manufactured in the Ford factory in Cork, Ireland. Originally sold by Burke Garage in Kildare, with the first owner believed to be the Irish Film Board.
Chassis 40997 is finished in green with a beige interior and we are informed by the vendor that the body is in good condition with this perhaps one of the finest examples of its type. A true piece of Americana which encapsulates a bygone era.