1950 Packard Woodie Wagon & 1957 Pen Yan Aristocrat RunaboutSOLD
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Estimate: $120,000-$140,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $110,000

Model 3201, 135bhp, 288 cu. in. inline L-head eight-cylinder engine, column shift manual transmission, independent front with rear semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"

The all-new Packard models for 1948 featured what the designers called a “ flow-through ” fender. It was Packard ’ s first new postwar model and the wagon was called the Standard Eight Station Sedan.

When introduced, many considered the Packard Station Sedan to be one of the most stylish and gracious-looking wagons of the period. It predated Ford ’ s similar looking wagon by a full year. It also featured an innovative, folding rear seat. The styling credit goes to Al Prance. The most stylish angle is from the rear; the rolled roof seemed to flow from one side to the other, creating an Art Deco look. The raked C and D-pillars provide additional avant-garde styling. In contrast, the strong vertical wooden slats on the doors denote the functionality of this wagon.

Packard ’ s “ woodie wagon ” was created first by taking a four-door, six- passenger sedan off the production line. Briggs Manufacturing changed the roofline and trunk lid. Using ash and maple, Briggs converted the sedan into a full station wagon. There were steel supports at the B-posts and D- posts. As a result, the wood had little structural function, making this Packard one of the first steel station wagons.

In 1948, the Packard Station Sedan was an exclusive and expensive station wagon that sold for $3,424. By 1950 that price had only climbed to $3,449, but this didn ’ t encourage sales. The 1949 “ Golden Anniversary ” Packard models were re-designated as 1950 models on October 1, 1949. All that was new were additional options; particularly those first seen on the Custom line that were now offered on all models. Packard ’ s much hailed Ultramatic Drive transmission was also available throughout the line-up as an option. Other changes included the fitting of a Carter carburetor, rather than a WDO type, as standard equipment.

Painted in the original Packard Ivory color with completely restored wood, this stylish 1950 Packard Woodie Wagon has undergone an extensive frame-up cosmetic restoration. The wood was professionally restored and refinished to showroom condition. From its “ Goddess of Speed ” hood ornament to the rear bumperettes, the chrome is free of any serious blemishes with excellent sheen.

Mechanically, all aspects of the drivetrain were fully serviced and rebuilt where necessary for future trouble-free motoring. The original Packard straight eight runs smoothly and the three-speed transmission shifts quietly and easily. Full bumperettes front and rear, twin mirrors and a spotlight add to the fifties flavor.

Touring in this iconic woodie station wagon is much more relaxing and enjoyable thanks to the fitting of Vintage Air Conditioning, safer wide whitewall radial tires and a period exterior sun visor.

While the boat has not been fully restored, it has had a good amount of cosmetic refinishing including fresh paint, varnish and interior, which notably matches the interior of the Packard as well. The Pen Yan Aristocrat also features a period Mercury outboard on an original and color-matching Tee-nee trailer, (which is absolutely adorable all by itself!). The Aristocrat Runabout, with its painted red hull, comes fully equipped for pleasure boating including wooden water skis and other period boating accessories.

A total of only 3,900 of the Briggs Manufacturing Station Sedan “ Woodie ” Wagons were built from 1948 to the end of the 1950 model year. Thus, this fine, turnkey example is rare indeed, especially considering it ’ s hauling a vintage mahogany boat. For the enthusiast looking for the 1950s postwar experience, what better way to travel to the cabin or mountain resort than in this perfect Packard package?

Reference Number 11626

as of 7/24/2007

Car 1950 Packard Woodie Wagon & 1957 Pen Yan Aristocrat Runabout
VIN G294179CE 
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