• Dearborn Award Winner
• Late production model with Country Squire options
• Sought after Woodie with Ford legendary V-8 power
239.4 cid L-head V-8 rated at 100 HP, three-speed overdrive manual transmission with overdrive, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 114"
In the present day, the SUV and minivan are responsible for hauling the family around but, long before that, the station wagon was the car of choice for this most precious cargo. It’s hard to believe that a trip could be made across the country in a non-air-conditioned car with no seat belts or video system, but millions of families regularly did just that as they trekked along Route 66 or drove the Eastern coast from New England to Florida. Indeed, a station wagon was available from all of Detroit’s car builders as Oldsmobile, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, and even Rambler offered the roomy cross country wagon. The wagon also carried a hefty price tag and was usually the most expensive car in any line up. Indeed, for 1950, a new Ford two-door sedan could be had for just $1,424 while a six-passenger Station Wagon sold for $2,107. Yes, the wagon was expensive, but for a family with multiple children, the wagon was the way to go. It was the most pragmatic, and certainly the most stylish option.
Offered here is a true icon from the glory days of the wagon with this fabulous 1950 Ford ‘Woodie’ that was professionally restored in Bainbridge Island, Washington, by noted restoration specialist Walt Johnsen. Ford’s best for 1950 is nicely showcased in this superb restoration that has returned it to like-new condition. Ford pulled out all the stops in 1950 with their new “50 improvements for 50” campaign that included a redesigned hood ornament, flat-top horn ring, push button door handles, and a three-blade cooling fan. This example carries all of those improvements and more. It also has an optional radio, heater, overdrive, clock, and whitewall tires complete with beauty rings. As a very late production model and possibly the last station wagon produced for 1950, it was built as an eight-passenger example with wood door panels as seen in the Country Squire model built for 1951. The exterior is beautifully finished in Ford’s classic black, which makes a nice contrast with its wood grain applique. The paint on this wagon clearly shows the level of detail in this restoration with a mirror like shine in all areas. All chrome gleams like new and the elegant style of Ford’s massive front bumper for 1950 adds the perfect touch. The upholstery is finished in a two-tone tan and burgundy that adds a superb touch of class. So precise is the restoration of this wagon that even the interior floor panels were restored to show the proper lines running lengthwise across the backs of the seats when folded down. This wagon also has three rows of seats with enough room for the whole family. A nicely detailed engine compartment features Ford’s fabulous V-8 with proper colors, hoses, clamps, and wiring. The pedigree of this Ford’s restoration is solidified by its winning of a very prestigious Dearborn Award.
The attention to detail and authenticity in the restoration of this wagon makes it a stand out in any crowd. The American station wagon may be long gone in modern times, but this incredibly eye-catching example takes us back to a time when vacations meant days spent in a car and Saturday nights were a trip to the local drive-in theater. Understandably, it is hard to avoid the cliché of woodies and surfers and beaches and hot summer days – but seriously, what could be more fun in a car like this?
1950 Ford Custom DeLuxe Station Wagon