There were fewer than five-hundred examples of the 1937 Dodge Westchester Suburban Wagon constructed. During this time in history, Ford had a strong hold on this market. Dodge realized this and decided to exit the woodie station wagon business in 1939, which left Plymouth to capture some of the market.
The woodie wagon was born from functionality and served as a utility vehicle to carry guests from the train station to their hotel. These vehicles were known as depot hacks. The popularity of these people and cargo haulers increased thoughout the years. Soon they were being used throughout citys and in rural and country areas.
Marque's often sent a rolling chassis tbe completed by third-party coachbuilders that specialized in this craft. Dodge sent nearly completed vehicles, from the A-post forward, to specialists such as the U.S. Body and Forging Company who would then fit the wooden body and add the interior. After it was complete, it was sent back to Dodge for final assembly and trim.
This 1937 dodge Westchester Suburban Woodie Wagon was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island Florida where it was estimated to sell between $100,000 - $125,000. It is powered by a 217.8 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine capable of producing nearly 90 horsepower. There is a three-speed selective sliding gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brarkes. There are three seats which can accomodate up to seven passengers. Since new, it has been treated to a complete restoration.
At auction, the car was sold, selling for just under the estimated value. The vehicle found a new owner for the price of $99,000.