This 1941 Ford Super DeLuxe Woodie Wagon was delivered new to a florist in the Seattle area who used it sparingly until it developed engine problems around 1953. It sat unused in a garage until found by noted collector, Peter Hageman, around 2000. He had the engine rebuilt, added dual exhausts, and drove it for a couple of years before selling it to Sandra and Martin Button, of Pebble Beach Concours fame. They used it on various tours, before selling it back to Peter a few years ago.
Paul Russell and Company purchased it from Peter in January 2013 and sent it to Tommy Caruso, a noted early Ford mechanic in Massachusetts. We gave it new radial tires, new brakes, a complete tune-up, and made sure all the systems are working correctly. It runs and drives great and is very reliable.
Painted once in its original Dark Blue, it has its original wood and tan leather upholstery with a wonderful patina along with new top material. It also has the very rare, optional third row seat. There has never been any rust or accident damage. It’s unusual to find a Woodie in this condition with only 31,000 original miles. Priced at $69,000. For more information and photos visit with Paul Russell and Company.
Times have certainly changed since this heavily retouched photo was taken on March 5, 1955 and so hopefully has racing dog exercise. Dewey Blanton of Columbus, Ohio, devised what he named his Dog – Stroller to keep his six racing dogs exercised and in shape. Blanton hooked the dogs to what he called the bumper which is seen running parallel to the side of his 1953 Chevrolet Station Wagon with a pair of long coil springs. A second longer chain would also keep them in check. Modern Mechanix has another version of this press photo were someone else can be seen driving the car.
While it might seem like a clever way to do this, we certainly don’t approve of it. You can check in here with the ASPCA to learn the humane way to exercise your dog.Photo courtesy of Benjamin Ameswho has many of his very interesting photos on view here at The Old Motor.
This interesting video offers a glimpse at General Motors’ activities in locations all over the world in the 1920′s. It also shows the old school shipping methods employed to supply the export market from their U.S.-based factories. You’ll see GM vehicles on the road everywhere from major European cities to remote parts of Asia, Africa, South America, the Pacific and from the Arctic Circle to the Cape of Good Hope.
Some economic issues that might seem quite familiar to us today are also covered. It’s a silent film, so you won’t miss anything if you turn your speakers down to avoid the audio track that mimics the sound of an old movie projector. You’ll find many other videos about subjects that range from current Concours and car shows to early manufacturing methods, automobile ads and more here on The Old Motor.