1932 Ford Woody Wagon Heading to April Mecum Auction

Named so for its rear bodywork, the “woody” has been an iconic car model in the automotive industry for years. Praised for its unique design and use of materials, as well as being the icon of the California surf world, the woody style could be found in vehicles from the 1930s through the 50s, with some wood grain and pseudo wood grain styles lasting through the 90s. While you don’t see these iconic cars too often nowadays, we did stumble across one that will be heading to the Mecum Houston Auction in April. An incredible 1932 Ford Station Wagon, this Woody is beyond factory chic.

Yes, that's a Chevy small block tucked in between this Ford's fenders, but we doubt the new owner will be complaining too much.

Completely handmade using Birdseye Maple, the backend of this ‘32 Woody is phenomenal, demonstrating unique wood design and molding right down to the custom V-8 emblem engraved on the tailgate. But it’s not just the wood on this Ford that gives this car an A+ in our book. It’s also the pristine metal work layered in bright yellow paint and tucked up against chrome bumpers, the custom interior, and of course, the Chevy 350ci engine that finds its place in between the car’s front fenders and under a louvered hood.

While some purists may scoff at the idea of a Ford carrying a Chevy engine, something about the reliability of a show-ready small block fitted with custom headers and stuffed inside a hot rod is hard to argue with, no matter what make or model. Attached to an automatic gearbox and a Ford 9-inch rearend, the Chevy powerhouse is ready and willing to take you on one unparalleled ride.

Even the Ford's luxurious leather interior incorporates wood paneling, from the wooden door panels to the slatted ceiling.

Underneath the car, you’ll find a chrome front axle and rear coils, as well as front discs and rear drums. Both front and back of the car are equipped with Coy wheels, with 17s in the front and 20s in the back.

The bright yellow color of the car’s exterior carries throughout every aspect of the car, appearing on the differential, fuel tank and even the rear brakes.

You’ll also find the yellow spread throughout the interior, finding a place on the car’s custom dash and tilt steering column.

These signature pieces are complimented with a full tan leather interior, including a leather-wrapped banjo steering wheel, white-faced gauges and a hidden stereo system, while tinted glass and a wood-slated ceiling add the finishing touches to this exquisite rod.

This immaculate woody will be heading to auction soon, hitting the block at the Mecum Houston show on Saturday April 6th around 4:05 p.m. as part of the Lynn Wardley Collection. If you’re looking for an iconic woody, this one is certainly not to be missed.

Originally baring either a 4-cylinder or Ford Flathead V8, this redesigned woody pays tribute to its Chevy small block under the hood only through the ornate V8 logo carved into the rear tailgate and stamped in the middle of the custom dash.

About the author

Lindsey Fisher

Lindsey is a freelance writer and lover of anything with a rumble. Hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles - she's owned and driven it all. When she's not busy writing about them, she's out in her garage wrenching away. Who doesn't love a tech-savy gal that knows her way around a garage?
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