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This 1949 International KB-1 Woodie has lovingly cared for all its life, as shown. This truck is in good condition, the seller noting several prior, partial restorations including a 70's wood refinishing/engine rebuild as well as a later respray and OEM style interior re-trimming. Restored by the family's youngest son sometime in the '70s, the wood still looks to be in quite a nice condition. The wood-rib supported canvas top was also restored at this time but has since been replaced again. Paint and bodywork look decent but with a definite yet very pleasant and appropriate patina. Inside, upholstery has been redone but stays faithful to the factory original style. Other shots show the metal dash and minimal instrumentation. Extensive single-family history from 1950-2017 is always a treat, and though sentimentality usually plays some role in pricing on these types of vehicles, this model's extreme scarcity makes accurate valuation difficult. we think it has plenty more years of family camping trips left in it. The KB-1 woodie was a station wagon version of International's KB-1 truck series which was further based on the KB series trucks originally introduced in 1940. The last KB-1 truck or wagon was built in 1949 and then International moved forward with its "L" series trucks. No more woodies after 1949. The history of this wagon states that it was in one family from 1950-2017, the original owner's son restored this KB-1 in 1970. the woodwork is stellar, even if it has been half a century since it was refinished. Likewise, with the steel body other than a dent in the rear right fender, it is very straight and rot free. The finish is a respray in the original shade and has a typical for finishes of the time, a soft sheen to it. The chrome trim, which appears to be all present, still has a luster and the grille is straight, not always the case with a vehicle of this era that has liked to lead with its chin. Rounding out the exterior is the canvas roof, it too was replaced in '70 and shows no sign of exposure. With all of this restoration work performed 50 years ago, this International has obviously been well stored. Under the hood isis a 214 CI, in-line, flathead, six-cylinder engine that develops 82.9 HP. The seller claims that the engine was rebuilt when the exterior was restored. A three-speed manual transmission completes the powertrain. The interior is spartan, exactly what you would expect. The seats have been recovered in original style upholstery material (vinyl or Naugahyde) and the floor mat looks very presentable still. The door cards are actually door wood and are showing some signs of wear but all in all, they look pretty stout. Unlike many vehicles of this era, the instrument panel, owing to its truck origins, is minimalist in design - strictly business. The most spectacular part of the interior, however, is this headliner - which is really the roof. It is a carpenter's work of art and I cannot imagine how much time it must have taken to construct. It is simply beautiful. When it comes to woodies this one is a bit more unique than the Fords, Pontiacs, Buicks, and Chryslers that we have stumbled across - it's not a brand one would immediately associate with a wood-clad station wagon and perhaps that is due to its truck platform origins. this International KB-1 will go fast as they don't turn up for sale too often. This is a great looking station wagon! For more information on this KB-1, call: 817-310-9400 or stop by our Dallas showroom. To view HD photos and video, visit Gatewayclassiccars.com

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1431322
  • Price:$46,000
  • Location:O'Fallon, Illinois
  • Year:1949
  • Make:International
  • Model:KB1
  • Exterior Color:Burgundy
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:82
  • Stock Number:DFW1463
  • VIN:GCCDFW1463

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