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Of the 587,000 Chevrolets built in 1939, just 989 were Master DeLuxe Station Wagons. Today, very few still exist, as most Woodies succumbed to the ravages of time and weather. Fortunately, this tantalizing Master DeLuxe not only survived but also was treated to two extraordinary restorations by renowned craftsmen.
The consignor purchased this Master DeLuxe from Wes Aplanalp of Scottsdale, Arizona, and sent it to noted Woody specialist Chris Messano in Los Angeles, where it received a complete, body-off restoration, including replacement of all its wooden components. In search of greater comfort and drivability, the consignor later delivered the car to Bill Potts, an acclaimed car builder also in Los Angeles. Potts installed a small-block Chevrolet V-8 mated to an automatic transmission, creating a tasteful mild custom. The front suspension was upgraded with late-model components, power rack-and-pinion steering, and power front disc brakes. The interior was fitted with period seats covered in sumptuous leather, and a high-end sound system was discretely installed. The consignor chose a magnificent copper brown hue for the steel body to perfectly complement the car’s superb woodwork while paying tribute to Chevrolet’s 1939 color, Wood Ash Brown.
The successful bidder for this rare and beautiful Woody, with its modern drivetrain and updated mechanical components, can look forward to enjoyable long-distance touring and drawing admiring glances from onlookers.