Lot 109

2015   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2015

1939 Ford V-8 Model 91A Deluxe Station Wagon

SOLD $110,000


$140,000 - $180,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Ford’s First Hydraulic-Brake Woodie Wagon
Incredible Restoration on the Desirable Deluxe Model
Original Roto-Matic Radio
Formerly Part of The Otis Chandler Collection
Only 9,432 Ford Station Wagons Built in 1939

Technical Specs

3,622 CC Flathead V-8 Engine
2-Barrel Carburetor
85 BHP at 3,800 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Solid Front Axle with Transverse Leaf Springs
3/4 Floating Rear Axle with Transverse Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this car is equipped with the desirable Columbia Two-Speed Axle.

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What was it about this Ford Woodie that caused the late California collector Otis Chandler to purchase it twice? In 1981, Chandler was building a collection of muscle cars, so he sold the Woodie. He then developed seller’s remorse and prevailed upon the car’s then-owner to sell it back to him. Perhaps Chandler was smitten with the classic prewar styling of Ford Design Chief Eugene Gregorie and the handsome graining of its side panels, or maybe the model’s renaissance as an iconic surf wagon made reacquiring this Woodie imperative.

Chandler originally purchased the station wagon in 1974, when he was new to collecting. Its 1970s restoration remains in good condition and features an original Roto-Matic radio, dual remote-handle spotlights, and banjo-spoke steering wheel.

The 1939 model saw the addition of hydraulic brakes to complement the confident performance of Ford’s hallmark flathead V-8 engine. This was especially important for the multipurpose woodie wagons, which could be loaded with eight passengers and accompanying baggage. Designed with rear sliding windows, this Ford Woodie also features a roof-hinged rear window that allows the tailgate to function as an overload area for cargo. This all-American classic is perfect for shows, touring, or carrying your vintage surfboard to the beach.