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SHOWROOM PHOTO ON DISPLAY WITH FORD TRUCK LINEUP - CLARK GABLE's '38 SEEN DURING FILMING "SARATOGA" - ALLAN JONES WITH "CHIEF" AT BEL AIRE STABLES -

 

COMEDIAN JACK BENNY IN HIS 1939 FORD WOODIE - ROBERT MONTGOMERY OFFSTAGE DURING FILMING OF "EVER SINCE EVE". OLD PHOTO OF 1939 'STANDARD' BODY WOODIE TAKEN DURING CAMPING TRIP -

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1939 FORD MODEL 722A 'STANDARD' MODEL WOODIE WAGON


ANOTHER FABULOUS FORD WOODIE WITH ONE OF THE LAST BODIES BY MURRAY CORPORATION. OUR CAR IS ONE OF ONLY 2,203 STANDARD MODEL WOODIES MADE WITH GLASS WINDOWS (ANOTHER 315 WERE MADE WITH SIDE CURTAINS). IT IS FULLY EQUIPPED OR OPTIONED WITH DUAL WINDSHIELD WIPERS, DOME LIGHT, LEATHER SEATING (INSTEAD OF VINYL), REAR BUMPER, OIL BATH AIR CLEANER, SUPER "DEEP DISH" 5 1/2" DEEP BEVELED LENS FOGLAMPS (CALLED 'ROAD LAMPS'), VENTILATING FAN, HEAVY DUTY CLUTCH, CARPAC ROOF LUGGAGE CARRIER (PICTURED ON/OFF THE CAR), WIDE WHITEWALL TIRES, VISOR MIRROR, LOCKING GAS CAP, DELUXE HUBCAPS AND GLAMOUR RINGS, PINSTRIPED 16" WHEELS, (2) AUTO FLOWER VASE 'DEODORIZERS', TWO TAIL LIGHTS, INTERIOR MOUNT SPARE, CHROMIUM LICENSE PLATE FRAME, PERPETUAL MOTION STEERING WHEEL CLOCK,  AND DUAL MIRRORS   (ONE LEFT TO BE ATTACHED). THIS MODEL CARRIED THE SPARE TIRE INSIDE MOUNTED ON THE BACK OF THE DRIVER SEAT, INSTEAD OF THE TAILGATE, AND WAS ALSO FITTED WITH THE LATER OPTIONAL 'BANJO-STYLE' STEERING WHEEL. WE WILL BE SEARCHING FOR MORE OPTIONS AND ADDING THEM LIKE THE COLUMBIA OVERDRIVE, RADIO, AND HEATER . FINISHED IN MASONS BLACK IT HAS THE FULL LEATHER INTERIOR AND BLACK LONG GRAIN TOP (THOUGH IT  IS WRITTEN IT WAS ORIG.BROWN). THIS 'MODEL 922A' CARRIES THE OPTIONAL A 85 H.P. FLATHEAD V8 WITH 3-SPEED FLOOR-MOUNTED SHIFTER, HYDRAULIC BRAKES ( A FIRST FOR FORD THIS YEAR) & SOLID MAPLE BODY. OUR CAR WAS FULLY RESTORED FRAME-OFF THROUGH EARLY FORD V8 SALES IN BALSTON SPA, NY. IN 2003. IT EVEN FEATURES A LIFETIME COLLECTION OF VINTAGE LEATHER LUGGAGE (WITH ANTIQUE AIRLINE / TRAVEL STICKERS), GUN SCABBARD WITH WINCHSTER SHOTGUN ENCLOSED, ANTIQUE FISHING CREEL/ ROD & REEL, VINTAGE "MOUNTAIN AIR CAR CHILLER" (CA.) AKA: A "SWAMP COOLER" , VINTAGE WOODEN SHAFT GOLF CLUBS & (2) BAGS, ORIGINAL OLD SURFER & TRAVEL STICKERS AND A STEAMER TRUNK COMPLETE WITH ORIGINAL DATED "WHITE STAR" OCEAN LINER BOARDING TICKET. (SOME OPTIONS NOT PICTURED)

AS MORE AND MORE ORIGINAL WOODIES ARE RUINED BY 'UPDATING' THEM TO STREET RODS- ITS' GREAT TO SEE AN ORIGINAL UPDATED WITH A FEW VINTAGE 'CREATURE FEATURES'.

THE STORY:
Despite the fact the Ford 'Station Wagon' was almost a necessity in 1939, it was called into service for settings that included not only Private Use but, Country Clubs, Hotel Service Vehicles, Country Merchants, Country Limousine or Estate Service and even a transport vehicle for schools. It basically earned it's name because it was used for trip to the Train Station and Bus Station, not to mention the Sea Port when Ships arrived. Built to conform to strict Ford Standards of Reliability and long life it was quickly converted to Utility Hauling by the removal of the rear seats. It could carry an amazing Eight people or a ton of baggage and was seen as a Status Symbol by the Rich and Famous including (in 1937-39) Clark Gable, Jack Benny, Wallace Berry, Robert Montgomery, Katherine Hepburn, Carol Lombard, Myrna Loy, Joan Bennett, Robert Taylor and Paramount's Allan Jones..... To haul his famous horse "Chief" & trailer. Just a few of the Holly Woodies that were floating around town in the late 30's.
Due to Roosevelt's reluctance to get into the fray, America was turning a blind-eye to Hitler's movements around Europe but, folks still had time to attend the "World's Fair" in New York, as well as, issue the First 'Superman' Comic in 1938, make Nestlé's First Jar of Instant Coffee, issue the Jefferson Head Nickel and see Owens-Corning make the First Fiberglass article.
By 1939, America saw the First Automatic Dishwasher, Microfilm Camera and the First Air-Conditioned Automobile by Packard. Pan American Airways launched the First Transamerica Seaplanes to cross the Atlantic and Sikorsky launched its First Helicopter. Lou Gehrig would retire from Baseball with a nervous system disorder (later named after him), and Hollywood would produce an amazing 2,012 Feature Films- 483 in the United States. Seldom was the list of nominees for Best Picture Academy Award so full. It included: "Dark Victory", "Goodbye Mr. Chips", "An Affair To Remember", "The Wizard of Oz" , "Wuthering Heights".... just to name a few but, the winner : "Gone With The Wind" featuring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh swept the Awards. This film became a Cinematic Legend catapulting its Stars into a frenzy never to be seen again. Still, the Great Hopes of the American Public still could not wipe out the reality of the impending War.

Ford decided, once again, to divide its Model line-up into two parts, the Standard Body and the Deluxe. But, this time ...despite the fact the difference in price was just a measly $65-85 (that was a lot of bread at 5 cents a loaf), FORD gave consumers a unique choice. They could basically choose the previous years ('38) design front clip with grille / sail panel and hood changes, or choose the new, substantially revised, body style fresh off the drawing board. It was a safe gamble for Ford, as he never risked being shunned like the folks did at Chrysler with the Airflow ( that little indiscretion just about bankrupted Chrysler and they were years in recovery). Henry Ford, forever the Genius at marketing, even offered two different V8's: the 60 Horse Flathead or the 85 Horse version. Only Four Body Styles were offered in the Standard Series and that included a Coupe, Tudor Sedan, Fordor Sedan and the Station Wagon ("Woodies", sometimes called "Woody's")...while the Deluxe Series offered SIX different body-styles. The "Story" goes that, Murray Corp. President C.E. Avery, had a major falling out with Henry Ford. Henry's Dearborn Body Building Dept. Head, A.M. Wibel accused Avery of price gauging, quality problems and slow production. While Avery countered that the quality problem was due to Labor Strikes, and the frugal Ford supply of "poor quality Soy-Bean Oil Varnish he was forced to use". It ended with Henry pulling the entire Station Wagon body building operations and moving them to Iron Mountain, Michigan. Murray Body works was left with only the front-end sheet metal works, frames and seat springs for the Mercury model. Sadly, Avery had just expanded to a huge, new Press Steel building at it's colossal Rouge Plant in Dearborn.

Options were not plentiful. Our car is pretty loaded by 1939 Standards, but you could also get a Spotlamp, Grille Guard, Clear or Yellow Sport or Foglamps (as seen on Clark Gable's car), Radio, Heater, Clock, Seat Covers, Sideview Mirror, and Fender Skirts. Not a lot of 'window dressing' in 1939.
1939 was the First Year for the Lockheed Aircraft Designed Hydraulic Brakes and that may be the reason Henry Ford finished the year with an amazing 532,152 cars produced- 481,496 registered. Incidentally, the President of Ford Motor Co. was- Edsel Ford. * The information above is documented by multiple books on Ford Motor Co. including  "Standard Catalog of Ford 1903-1990 (1st Edition), Lorin Sorenson's:  "Famous Ford Woodies" and "The V8Times". We assure you there were TWO separate bodystyles in '39.