This past weekend I ran a series of postings on Convertibles. During my research, I found a lot of classic car dealerships sprinkled throughout the country with magnificent web sites, and outstanding images. One of these dealerships is one that has been in business for 37 years, and that would be The Stable in Gladstone, NJ. They specialized in European imports, but now have extensive “American” merchandise as well. So, on this fifth edition of Wagon Wednesday, I thought I would highlight two distinguished Woody Wagons from Ford and Packard.
Let’s start with the Ford. This car only has 24,000 miles on it, and this dealer has the opportunity to resell this same car they once sold over 30 years ago. The car has been stored in a climate controlled garage, which is the reason for its preservation. According to the listing:
We sold this very original and very rare car locally 30 years ago. It has been driven about 2,000 miles since then and remains in the same condition as was evident at that time, having been kept in a climate controlled garage in New Vernon. Finished in burgundy with saddle interior, this is the 8-passenger four door model with walk-through seating in the 2nd row. It has the rear-mounted spare, chrome bumper overriders front and rear, a remote control driver-side spot light and its original radio, clock and owner’s manual. These early post-war wagons had wood everywhere including the ceiling of the car which looks like the inside of an old wooden skiff. They were powered by the famous flathead V-8 Ford engine with a 3-speed manual transmission.
The asking price for this luscious piece of wood is $120,000. Wood wagons have been rapidly escalating in value, even during the recent economic downturn. But is this car worth the asking price? See the entire listing here!
If the idea of a $120,000 Ford is out of the question, then what would a Packard of the same vintage be worth? This is a 1948 Packard Station Sedan. It didn’t have the cargo volume of the Ford, or any of the contemporary wagons of that time, but it was more stylish. If you notice, the Packard didn’t use as much wood as the Ford, utilizing most of the sheetmetal from the sedan version of the Packard Eight. According to the listing:
The 1948 Packard woody was a prime example of post-war America’s creative design and pride in manufacturing. The car’s birch-paneled body–with its flowing lines from its lovely swan mascot to the most unusual birch tailgate, the L-Head straight-8 engine with 3-speed manual transmission, the period vinyl and tweed interior-all were perhaps contributors to the car being anointed “The Fashion Car of The Year” by the New York Fashion Academy when this land yacht was introduced in 1947. Woody wagons have attained a special place in American car culture and the Packard is among the finest. Our car experienced a nut-and-bold, body-off-chassis restoration (fully photo-documented) by its local owner of many decades. It has been driven fewer than 1,000 miles since the completion of the restoration and is in magnificent condition throughout. It is ready for showing and touring–for a fraction of the price of a restoration if one could find such a car at all.
The asking price of this Packard is $110,000. The dealership said it best when thay stated that this is less than the cost of a full restoration, if you could find one at all. Again, is this car worth the asking price? See the entire listing here!
Image Source: The Stable Ltd.