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50 cars in 50 days, celebrating 50 years of Old Cars: Day Forty-Nine

Old Cars wants to celebrate our 50-year anniversary by bringing you "50 cars in 50 days." Today we offer up a 1933 Ford woodie station wagon.

Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!

 DAY FORTY-NINE: 1933 Ford woodie station wagon


Roland Foss admits he never would have guessed how rare and valuable his 1933 Ford woodie station wagon would become when he stopped and made that impulse buy 46 years ago. He seems to have developed a knack for spotting valuable old cars before anyone else and getting them for bargain basement prices. Foss made similar deals years ago for a low-mileage 1934 Ford and a 1936 Packard, among others.

He wasn’t sure what he was going to do with the station wagon when he first got it, but Foss wasn’t in a hurry, either. 

“It was in pretty rough shape,” he said, “but very few pieces of wood were rotted at the time. The running boards needed be recovered and the upholstery was gone. I put new tires on it, but that was about all I did to it at the time. I would say 95 percent of it was very presentable, but there was, like, three pieces of wood that were rotted and they were replaced at a boatyard."

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“After that, it pretty much sat in the barn. I’m gonna say it was in that barn until ’95 or ’96. I didn’t do a thing to it, but I had other cars — a ’62 Corvair — and I didn’t have any money to do anything. Then I retired from the State Police and I got a couple other jobs after that and my income changed a lot and one day I told my wife, ‘I’m gonna dig that car out and see if we can do something with it.

In the next few years, Foss spent much of his free time tending to the venerable Ford. 

“I spent so many hours on a creeper under that car paint and sanding — I can’t even tell you,” he said. “As far as my time, you couldn’t pay me for it. I spent hours and hours under that thing.”


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