The custom ‘Woody’, which is expected to fetch between AU$75,000-$90,000, has been featured in several magazines and recently won the ‘Best Custom Commercial’ award at the Victorian Hot Rod Show. The car was completely rebuilt four years ago, and now features a 351 Cleveland V8 with a 650cfm four-barrel carburettor, an FMX column-change automatic, Chrysler diff and fully independent Ford front-end with power disc brakes.
The Ford has a steel body with fibreglass mudguards, painted in Festiva Blue with a red pearl overlay and hand painted pinstriping. The station wagon section was built from marine ply, finished with nine coats of clear marine varnish.
Inside, the upholstery is trimmed in leather with matching carpets, while the roof is covered in BMW blue cloth. Moreover, it is fitted with air conditioning, a sound system and a Malibu surfboard done in matching pinstriping.
The ‘Teardrop’ trailer was built to an original 1950s design, fully insulated, with 12-volt and 24-volt electrics throughout and features a double bed mattress, linen, blankets, pillows, a portable gas cooker, car fridge and a record player.
‘Woody’ wagons became cult vehicles in the late 1950s and 1960s as young surfers began using them to transport their surfboards and they also became a part of the pop music culture. A private collection of ‘Woodies’ from the 1930s and 1940s has also been sold earlier this month in California, for AU$8,5 million