• A full custom build with incredible attention to detail
• Steel Hercules Motorcar body with new maple woodwork
• Modern ZZ4 drivetrain with automatic transmission
• Classic styling with modern amenities
350 cid Chevrolet ZZ4 V-8 engine, 335 HP, 700R automatic transmission, fully independent suspension, four-wheel power disc brakes; wheelbase: 112”
At the dawn of the 20th century, nearly every form of transportation was made of wood, including boats, planes and carriages. When the automobile arrived, it took quite a while for steel-stamping techniques to evolve to the point that they replaced hardwood construction. Through the '30s, vehicle buyers still associated a wooden body with craftsmanship and style, so it is no wonder that wagons and other wooden-bodied vehicles have always held a position of respect with collectors.
The nation’s largest auto manufacturer, Ford, was transitioning to a smoother and more aerodynamic shape in 1934, with a stylish shield-shaped grille. The wood-sided wagon was the most expensive Ford available at $640, with options such as dual wipers, the greyhound mascot, and leather seats taking it even higher. It’s no wonder that the Hercules Motor Car Company chose to reproduce the 1934 Ford so modern collectors and street rodders could also enjoy the iconic styling. After all, Hercules has been building wood bodies for over 100 years and, with just 2,905 originals produced in 1934, their modern efforts have allowed a whole new generation to enjoy motoring in fine wood-bodied wagons.
This lovely one-owner Hercules-bodied 1934 Ford was custom built in 2005, and chosen because it closely resembles the traditional 1934 Ford, albeit with all the modern amenities. Constructed to allow use with Henry Ford’s original chassis if so chosen, this car, however, utilizes a thoroughly modern TCI chassis. With a tubular steel cage utilized to attach the hardwood maple body, and upgraded to a four-door configuration, it allows a totally traditional appearance from the outside, with every modern comfort on the inside, including tinted glass and a custom-made center console. The new owner will no doubt enjoy the tilt steering column with a traditional wood wheel, full power steering and brakes, Vintage Air air-conditioning, a modern four-speaker CD stereo system, and the supportive and supple custom leather upholstery. With outstanding interior woodwork, custom carpets, and mats with red pin striping, it blends a traditional look with modern style beautifully, and remains in stellar condition.
Outside, the black paint is deep and expertly applied, accented by tasteful red pin striping, clean chrome bumpers and lamps. Your eye is instantly drawn to the stunning maple woodwork, accented by the mahogany Di-Noc inserts. It is in outstanding condition throughout, having benefitted from careful hobbyist use only throughout its life.
The clean ZZ4 350 cubic-inch V-8 engine is dressed up with chrome and brushed aluminum accents, and mated to a modern 700R automatic transmission with a Ford nine-inch rear end and a stainless-steel dual exhaust system, making this woodie fully capable of modern highway speeds. The BFG Radial T/A blackwall tires are mounted to very traditional painted wire wheels with chrome hubcaps and, on the roof, a custom rack holds a vintage wooden long board appropriate to the era. A custom car cover that accommodates the surfboard is included with the sale.
A fine woodie wagon such as this opens a world of opportunities to the new owner, as it will no doubt turn more heads and allow entry into many nostalgic events. With its impeccable condition, traditional styling, and modern driving characteristics, this lovely ’34 may just be the most desirable and versatile example for the connoisseur of high quality custom woodies.
1934 Ford Custom Woodie Wagon