If you’re looking for a well-sorted and fairly inexpensive classic that’s welcome at every cruise-in, car show, and meet-up, consider this 1939 Ford Deluxe Woodie Station Wagon listed on Bring a Trailer.
According to BaT, this surf-happy woodie wagon was purchased by the current owner in the late 1960s when he was just 15 years old. He enjoyed the car for a while, then sold it to an enthusiast in Puerto Rico. During its stint in the tropics, the woodie was re-carpentered with teak and tiger maple woodwork, two wood types known for being more resistant to both rot and warping than the original pine boards. 20 years ago, the previous and current owner purchased it back.
Visually, the Ford is in good nick, with a distinct absence of both rust and wood rot. The original chrome is pitted in some small places, but still intact. In the front, a Mor-Drop 4-inch axle was installed, giving the wagon a period-correct hot-rod stance.
Despite fresh paint and wood, the previous restorer chose to retain the original glass. According to BaT, the glass shows fogging that is “consistent” with the age. Inside, it’s a “mostly original” cabin, including some rather handsome teak roof liner.
Underneath the handsome pre-war bodywork beats the tried-and-true 3.9-liter (239 ci) Flathead V-8 engine. The old mill was sympathetically upgraded with modern bits, including a 12-volt alternator. Managing the power, a standard three-speed transmission routs power to the stock rear-end.
If this beach-bomber is right up your alley, head on over to Bring a Trailer to place a bid.