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Although Chevrolet offered wooden depot hack bodies on their light commercial chassis as far back as 1922, the 1939 model year was the first time it offered a station wagon on a passenger-car chassis. With a base price of $883, the Master Deluxe Station Wagon was Chevrolet’s most expensive car for 1939, and production for the body style totaled 989 examples.
This beautifully restored woodie has covered about 1,500 miles since the completion of a nut-and-bolt restoration by the well-known and highly respected Bill Halliday of Fallbrook, California. The Station Wagon is finished in Wood Ash Brown, the authentic and indeed only color that they were painted when new. The inline six-cylinder engine has been rebuilt and the brakes are hydraulic all around. The column-mounted gear lever has vacuum assist for ease of shifting, a popular option among Chevrolet buyers of the time. Inside, the brown leatherette seating is both attractive and durable, and the body, originally supplied by Mid-States Body Corp. under contract to Chevrolet, looks as though it just rolled out of the showroom.
Recently serviced by Antique Auto Restoration in Seaside, California, this car is equally ready to take its place on the competitive show field or take the family on a nostalgic Sunday drive and picnic. It is good-looking, certainly rare, beautifully restored to a very high standard, and simply needs an appreciative new owner to drive and enjoy it.