1937 Dodge Westchester Suburban

Woodie Wagon
Chassis Num: T3828109
Sold for $99,000 at 2007 RM Sothebys.
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.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2007
Woodie Wagon
Chassis Num: 8178600
Engine Num: T38-28I09
Sold for $88,000 at 2012 RM Sothebys.
Dodge, like many other manufacturers that built cars for professional use, would send a finished, fendered chassis with complete bodywork from the cowl forward. A specialist coachbuilder would complete the work, fitting the wooden body and add the interior. The completed task would then be sent back to Dodge for final assembly and trim. Dodge tasked this specialized work to the U.S. Body and Forging Company. A trademark of theirs was the fitting of a red gumwood trim strip.

This particular Suburban Woodie Wagon was once part of a large collection when it was completely restored in 1993 by Woodie World in Florida. The white ash framing and maple paneling was replaced where necessary, as was the tongue-and-groove woodwork. Inside, the three seats of the seven-passenger wagon were completely restored and finished in burgundy. The exterior is finished in dark Brewster Green paint.

The current owner purchased the Westchester in 2007 and commissioned RM Restoration to rebuild the engine. It won Best in Class at the 2008 Willstead Concours d'Elegance.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the St. Johns sale presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $100,000 to $125,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $88,000, including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
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