We found this family-owned-since-new 1949 Ford Custom Woody Wagon equipped with the desirable flat head V8 HERE on eBay Motors near Hayden, Idaho for the Buy It Now price of $42,500. This asking price is well below the $57,600 low value indicated in the current NADA printed guide and about $10,000 less than the #4 “Fair” value on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool. Consequently, to say this car is priced to sell is an understatement!
Following World War II, Ford’s first all-new redesign did not launch until 1949. Popularly called the “Shoebox Ford” for its slab-sided, “pontoon” design, the 1949 Ford is credited both with saving Ford and ushering in modern streamlined car design with changes such as integrated fenders and more. This design would continue through the 1951 model year, with an updated design offered in 1952. Save for its drive-train, this was an all-new car in every way, with a modern ladder frame now supporting a coil spring independent suspension in front and longitudinal semi-elliptical springs in back. Ford advertised the car’s new integrated steel structure as a “lifeguard body”, and even the woody wagon was steel at heart.
The private seller claims this 51,910 mile Gray-over-light brown example has been owned by the same family dating back to January 1949 and comes with the original Bill of Sale. The seller states that the car received a frame-on restoration (date not provided) that consisted of all new upholstery, rubber flooring, and all panels refinished. He also states that the car has never been wrecked, does not have any rust, nor does it leak any fluids.
Shown below are the original flathead V8 and the factory “Quality Stencils” applied at the factory still in place. Based on the pictures provided combined with the fact the car has likely remained in the dry Idaho climate its whole life, we have no reason to doubt the seller this example is truly a rust-free survivor.
The seller states that a photographic history of car and all awards it has won are included with the sale. This is a great piece of history that will be the hit of any car show you take it to and can be had for a price that has not been seen on a woody wagon in this condition for many years. Good luck with the sale!