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In 1929, Ford Motor Company launched its first “Woodie” station wagon – the harbinger of the later Deluxe model with innovative styling by E.T. “Bob” Gregorie. Considered the ultimate status symbol of wealthy estate living and priced at $950, the Station Wagon, with its venerable flathead V-8 engine and intricate wood paneling, was the most expensive model of the Deluxe lineup and saw limited production with only 8,730 built.
It is believed that this Station Wagon was constructed at Ford’s famous Iron Mountain plant and first sold to G.L. Thunberg of Santa Rosa, California. This handsome example features dark gumwood marquetry instead of the more ubiquitous birch paneling. Most notably, this Station Wagon was acquired in 1964 by Lorin Sorensen, the revered Ford historian and author of the definitive book Famous Ford Woodies: America’s Favorite Station Wagons 1929–51, a signed copy of which accompanies the car. In 2004, Sorensen had the Woodie refurbished with new paint, running boards, and material for its top, while all the original wood paneling was refinished and the motor was replaced with a period-correct 1940 Ford 239 cid engine. Additionally, the mechanicals were restored, a vacuum booster was installed, and the electrical system was upgraded to 12-volt for improved lighting and ease of starting.
Still wearing its original color combination of Mandarin Red with a Saddle interior, this charming and well-documented Ford Woodie is ready for its next excursion.