1937 Ford Woody Station Wagon Model 78 with a 239 V8The 1937 Model were the first Fords to have their headlights mounted in the front fender. The 37 Fords styling reflected the strong influence of the Lincoln-Zephyr. The grill with horizontal bars and a center vertical bar cut a sharp V into the side hood area. As had been the case for several years, the side hood cooling vents reflected the grilles general form.This beautiful example was cosmetically restored in the early 90s and was in a museum collection until recently. Originally station wagons were referred to as DEPOT HACKS. They were designed to transport guests and their luggage from the train stations to hotels and resorts. Interestingly, the Ford Woody became the favorite vehicle for the iconic California surfers in the 1960s. The 37 Ford Woody was reproduced as a Hot Wheels in the Ultra Hot Wheels series, no doubt influenced by the popularity with the surfers.When the wood station wagon first came to the market, coach building firms such as Mussay and Baker Pauling took delivery of a complete chassis, then shaped the wood bodywork before returning it to the manufacturer for final assembly and shipping. Henry Ford believed so strongly in the use of wood in automobile production that he purchased forest acreage to supply his companys needs. The Iron Mountain Sawmill facility became responsible for most of Fords station wagon wood and other wood used in the construction of Ford bodies.It is reported that some 9,304 Woodies were built in 1937 and sold for $756. This vehicle carries serial number 18-3324795. The exact number of survivors is unknown, but it is thought that 20-25 units still exist.
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