Primitive Paint: 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Woodie Wagon – STILL $78,000

by | Jan 2023 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

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January 21, 2022 Update – The seller replaced their third Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  All the details, pictures, and the $78,000 asking price carry over from the previous ad.

December 17, 2022 Update – The private seller replaced their expired listing with a fresh Craigslist ad.  The pictures, description, and asking price of $78,000 remain the same.

November 8, 2022 Update – The private seller replaced their expired listing with a fresh Craigslist ad.  The pictures, description, and asking price of $78,000 all remain the same.

Immediately following the end of World War II, domestic Automakers quickly converted back from wartime production to cars by offering mildly updated 1942 models. During this period, station wagon models continued to be produced out of wood. While we often come across Ford wagons from this period, finding a comparable Chevrolet is much harder. This restored 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster woodie wagon, currently listed here on Craigslist in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is a rare find, especially on Craigslist. The seller reports their Woodie Wagon’s repaint features Nitrocellulose Lacquer Paint used in the restoration.

Currently offered for $78,000,, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is at the high end of the five-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for all body styles of Chevrolet Fleetmasters produced between 1946 and 1948. This source includes only one Woodie Wagon that sold back in 2018 for $90,000. However, values overall for these cars have been slowly declining since that time.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the truck featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is two thousand dollars higher than this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $76,000.

Chevrolet returned to civilian car production in 1946 with the Fleetmaster.  Production of this car line continued for three model years (1946, 1947, and 1948) following World War II.  Chevrolet launched the Series DK Fleetmaster as the top trim level model in the 1946 Chevrolet range, along with the lower level Series DJ Chevrolet Stylemaster. The Fleetmaster, which replaced the “prewar” Chevrolet Special Deluxe, featured a 216.5 cubic inch Straight-six engine connected to a 3-speed manual transmission. Body styles included 2-door Town Sedan, 4-door Sport Sedan, 2-door Sports Coupe, 2-door Convertible, and 4-door Station Wagon models. A Fleetline sub-series was available as the 2-door Aero Sedan and 4-door Sport Master Sedan, which featured “fastback” styling and additional triple moldings on all fenders.

The IndustryFilmArchive YouTube Channel features this 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Promotional spot for used Chevrolets:

This 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Woodie Wagon appears to be a nicely restored example with quality materials used during the process.

If you are serious about buying this Woodie, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller your name and phone number. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their restored pickup featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Beautifully Restored Classic Woodie Wagon on Cape Cod includes: Original 6-Cylinder Engine (Rebuilt), Original 3-Speed Column Shift Transmission (w/NOS Vac Assist), Original 3 Interior Seats (Re-upholstered by Hampton Coach), Restored Wood-Grained Dash by Bennie Estes (Renowned Craftsman), Restored Interior Panels and Vinyl Top by Hampton Coach, Nitrocellulose Lacquer Paint in Maple Brown, Triple Chrome Plating, Interior and Exterior Woodwork Completely Restored, Original Body Built by Custom Coach Builders (They were the builders of Private Railroad Cars), 4 Firestone Tires (Correct Type for Car) Mounted on Original Rims, Original Steering Wheel, Original Deluxe Heater, Original AM Radio, and Original Wind-up Clock. Also includes a Custom Beverly Hills Car Cover and an additional set of wide White-Wall Tires on 6-Lug Rims


The 1947 Chevy Woodie Wagon was Chevy’s most expensive and least popular model that year. They built a total of 4,912 of them, making them a rare and desirable find! Woodie Wagons were originally used by resorts to transport guests to and from railroad depots, giving them the nicknames ‘depot hacks’ and ‘station wagons.’ They were also a favorite car of the wealthy, who then used them on their large rural estates. The Woody era was over by the mid-1950s. By the early 1960s, surfers began buying up the old Woodie Wagons as they were a perfect fit for longboards and surfer buddies.

Show or go: What would you do with this restored 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Woodie Wagon?  Please comment below and let us know!


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