1951 Ford Country Squire “Woody” Wagon
Designer: Richard Caleal
Estimate: $40,000 - $55,000
Chassis Number: B1LB142391
Decoded: B=239 cid V8 engine; 1=1951 model year; LB=Long Beach, CA assembly plant; 142391=42,391st 1951 Ford scheduled from production at the Long Beach plant.
Engine: 239 cid “Flathead” V8
2 Barrel Carburetor /100 bhp
3-Speed Column-shift manual Transmission
Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*Last Year of Iconic Woody
*True Wood Panel Wagon
*Classic 1950’s California Styling
The Model – Ford’s all new 1949 had one mission, to get the company out of a sea of red-ink and into the black. While not perfect, the “Forty-Niner” was a hit and Ford was back on track. The most expensive body style offered was a two-door station wagon that used a metal shell, combined with exterior wood panels for structural support and to lend an air of exclusivity to the line. In 1950 the wagon was christened the Country Squire and in 1951, wore that name proudly on the doors. That year all Ford’s got a new “twin-spinner” grille with larger wrap-around parking lights up front, and while the rest of the Ford line got a new dashboard, the Country Squire retained the 1950 design through the end of production. Hand built at Ford’s Iron Mountain facility, each body was built to exacting standards and then shipped to the individual assembly plants to be decked to their powerful V8 power chassis.
The Car – When the Country Squire was new it was the most expensive model in the Ford line, and when a proper restoration is done, woody wagons can become the most expensive model to bring back to its original beauty. Restored a number of years ago, it has recently been serviced and brought back to life after being part of a museum collection for many years. Finished in Sungate Ivory with factory style dark brown and tan leatherette seating, it is fitted with factory electric clock, push-button AM radio and Magic-Aire heater and defroster. Most of the wood appears to be original and has been restored with all repairs being of the highest caliber. It is currently wearing 1949 style Ford hubcaps with the exception of the spare tire mounted to the rear tailgate. With a west-coast heritage from birth, no matter where you come from, you will find this Country Squire is right up your alley.