Welcome to another Wagon Wednesday at Hooniverse. I don’t think I have to tell you that we all love the Station Wagon here, but when I discovered this particular Wagon over at Hemmings, you bet I had to feature it here. Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting a one off, custom built, 1948 Hudson Commodore Woody Wagon, and it’s about to go up for auction…
The 1948 Hudson was one of the more revolutionary cars designs of its day, with a unitized body that allowed the car to sit lower than any of its competitors. One of the by-products of the Step-Down design was a lower center of gravity, and later Hudson Hornets that were equipped with the snorting Hudson Twin-H engine proved very successful in the early days of NASCAR because of this feature. The problem was that Hudson only offered the Step-Down design in three body types: A 4-Door Sedan, a 2-Door Coupe, and a Convertible. Much later on there was a 2-Door Hardtop, but by this time, Hudson was on its deathbed.
According to the article penned by Daniel Strohl at Hemmings, it was a designer at Hudson, one Don Butler, who envisioned other body styles that included a pickup truck, a town car, and a wood bodied station wagon. Hudson didn’t express any interest in these designs, so Butler stashed away his sketches and didn’t show them to anybody else until he published his Crestline book on Hudson in 1982 and included the sketches within.
Read Dan’s posting here. RM Auctions will feature this car at their July 28th auction held at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. The initial auction estimate of what this car will go for is between $150,000 and $200,000. Take a look at the images, and tell me that it isn’t worth it. By the way, RM auctions will have 5 other wood bodies cars on the block at the same venue. They are a 1937 Dodge Westchester Suburban Wagon, a 1947 Buick Super Estate Wagon, a 1948 Chrysler Town and Country sedan, a 1950 Chrysler Town and Country Newport two-door hardtop, and a 1948 Packard Eight Station Sedan. See these and more cars offered at this sale here.
Image Source: Brandon Harper, courtesy RM Auctions