1929 Ford Model A Station Wagon

This is an intriguing vehicle: 1929 was the first year for wood-bodied station wagons by Ford. The first was built for Edsel Ford's estate "Skylands" on Mount Desert Island in Maine. The second went to Murray Body's C.W. Avery who led building Ford's vast woodlands and mill property in northern Michigan known as Iron Mountain. This car's chassis number, A2211710 is midway through the 1929 Model A sequence and must have been one of the few "150-A" station wagons built by Murray for 1929-30 before production shifted to Iron Mountain and Baker-Raulang.

Restored in the highly regarded shop of Ford woodie specialist Nick Alexander, this is a marvelous Model A finished in the standard color of Manila Brown with black fenders and aprons. It has bright red wire wheels, blackwall tires and a single sidemount spare. The roof and windshield sun visor are black cobra grain while the upholstery is black leatherette. Tan canvas side curtains provide weather protection for the occupants of the three-row seats. The maple body framing, presumably from Iron Mountain and fabricated by Mengel Body in Louisville, Kentucky, and birch panels are gorgeous and recently refinished with gloss varnish.

There are minimal accessories but include a Ford-branded interior rear view mirror with integrated clock, a winged Ford-branded MotoMeter, Ford-branded Twolite headlights, a driver's side mirror and a horn.

The 201 cubic inch, 40 horsepower engine is authentic Ford green with period-style hoses, clamps and wiring. The chassis is neatly restored and authentic. It is difficult to critique the older paint other than crazing on one fender.

Wood-bodied station wagons are a recurring theme among Fords right into the 1950's but they all began with the Murray-bodied, Mengel fabricated 1929-30 Model As with wood sourced from Iron Mountain, developed by Edsel Ford and implemented by C.W. Avery at Murray in 1929-30.


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