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ORIGINAL RITZ CARLTON STATION WAGON
One of 13 known to exist
This car is the only survivor of three wagons
purchased new by the Ritz Carlton Hotel in 1940. When
retired of service sometime after the war it remained
in the underground parking for decadesuntil the owners
son acquired it from his dad during the high point
of the California surfing culture around 1963. Stoked
about moving to California with his Woodie he settled
somewhere on the Southern California coast and raised
a family. The car was always garaged when not in use
and in 1986 they decided to sell the Woodie to make
room for their new Maserati so it was driven to a
corner lot in Corona Del Mar with a for sale sign
in the window. Shortly after, my friend and fellow
classic car collector purchased the wagon.
When I first saw this Woodie I loved it and the great
part about it was it's not the usual Ford But instead
it was a extremely rare MoPar woodie and soon I was
able to strike a deal with my friend to purchase the
car .Finally, after three decades of wishing I owned
a Woodie, the dream came true.
I immediately started collecting Woodie toys and Woodie
literature and learned all I could on all makes and
models and attended practically all the Southern California
Woodie events for well over twenty years.
During that time I had the rust free sheet metal professionally
re-painted from the drab beige to another 1940 Plymouth
color..."Charlotte Ivory" that is a actually
a beautiful butter cream .The wheels were painted
deep red, accented with original hand painted cream
pinstriping and mounted on a set of Lester wide whitewalls.
These upgrades uplifted the car from a somewhat utility
looking station wagon to a classic looking Woodie.
The original ash frame with maple panels are beautiful
with its aged varnish amber color and patina ,and
to find any woodie with its original wood still intact
is far and few between and this character can not
be duplicated with new or over restored wood and is
a testament to the care this car has had.
The original flathead high torque 215 C.I. six was
completely rebuilt in the early 90's and has only
approximately 3500 miles on it. The ultra smooth,
simple, reliable and quiet running Plymouth 6-cylinder
is a joy to drive, especially when you get on the
freeway and engage the factory Borg Warner Overdrive.
This transmission is a smooth-shifting three-speed
on the column with an extra .78 overdrive giving it
a highway friendly 4th gear and the ability to split
first and second gear ratios for mountain road climbs.
Recent upgrades include replacing all the front steering
rod ends and suspension bushings.
The Plymouth suspension, consisting of front independent
coil springs with twin parallel rear leaf springs
and aircraft style tube shocks were way ahead of its
competition in both ride and stability . A Four row
high density brass radiator , 6 blade fan and full
pressure cooling system never overheats even on the
hottest days .
The dash still has the original factory Hampton beige
paint with nickel trim in amazing condition. The original
gauges and steering wheel complete with a vintage
The running boards still sport their original rubber
in great solid shape .
The wiring and gauges are original and have always
worked well and the only upgrade to the electrical
system is to a modern alternator, high torque starter
and deep cycle battery.
Also highlighting this Woodie's beautiful exterior
is a pair of extremely rare Auto-Lite "bullseye"
sealed beam head lights and at the rear is a rare
and unique accessory chrome fold down tailgate protector.
The interior wood is the original un-restored maple
panels and mahogany belt line trim and shows very
minor wear true to its originality and care. The elaborate
and un-restored wooden skeleton headliner with its
ash crossbows and dozens of basswood roof slats is
unique in design from the competition and hands down
the most beautiful headliner of all the woodies. Also
all of the pre- war MoPar woodies feature stunning
oak floorboards running from behind the front seat
all the way to the rear . You will not find any Ford
or General Motors woodies with this feature.
The three original oil cloth seats were recently redone
in a rich age- mottled brown soft-touch leatherette
that looks and feels like leather without the worry
of staining,and the seat mountings allow either seat
to be quickly interchanged.
This Woodie is solid, rattle free ,mechanically sound
and runs like a Swiss watch and is truly a well preserved
original and classy looking Woodie that the whole
family can have fun in with tons of charm and character
showing only minor wear and patina.
No need to ever worry about somebody approaching with
kids, just invite them to climb on the running boards
,feel the wood and take a look inside at the gorgeous
As a four time trophy winner including the surf city
trophy presented by Dean of Jan and Dean fame ,this
old woodie receives lots of thumbs-ups from the crowd
whenever you take it to a show or out for a Sunday
drive. Offered for $75,000.00. Reasonable offers considered.
Specifications: 1940 (P-10) Special Deluxe Station
1. Units produced: 3,126 (plus 80 built for export)
2. Base Price: $790.00
3. Engine: Flathead Straight 6-Cylinder
4. Displacement: 215 C.I.D.
5. Weight: 3144 lbs.
6. Wheelbase: 117 inches
Optional Borg-warner Overdrive transmission
Four row high density radiator
Rare chrome steel accessory folding tail gate
Registered un-restored 1940 plates
period correct accessory fog lamps
Period correct brass Pyreen fire extinguisher
Rare Trico vacuum operated accessory drivers