1941 Cadillac Woody Wagon
Lot No. 7110
Auctioned on Sunday, September 4, 2011
From a prominent private collection
It is reported that George Stockton Strawbridge, Department store scion of The Strawbridge and Clothier Stores in greater Philadelphia, commissioned the one-off Cadillac Woody from a private craftsman for use as an estate car at the family's summer home in Bar Harbor, Maine. The car was re bodied from a 1941 Cadillac Series 61 sedan sometime during WW II by a noted craftsman of hand-made wood station wagons in the Bronx, New York. The brass tag documenting the name of the builder can be found on the inside above the tailgate. The Strawbridge Cadillac Station Wagon was in use by 1946 or earlier and was pictured with other fine cars in an interesting 1977 article entitled ''Bah Habbah' in Special Interest Autos. Stored every winter, the Cadillac remained in Bar Harbor for at least two decades when it was sold to a New England collector who brought it to Hershey in the early-to-mid 1970s. The Cadillac was sold at Hershey to Alex Wars in California and a decade later to Charles Biddle of Woody World of Ocala, Florida. Shortly after that, it joined the famous Richard Kughn Carail Collection in Detroit. In 2005, the Cadillac Woody wagon was acquired by a prominent collection in northern, California.
After dormant winters in Maine and years within careful collectors' hands, this elegant period custom wood station wagon features remarkably low mileage. The current owner performed a sympathetic restoration to renew cosmetics, while preserving as much originality as possible. The intricate wood ceiling inside the car shows the wonderful patina of the original wood. Fabulous bird's eye maple and mahogany were originally used on the outside body. Although refinished as a maintenance function, the outside wood all remains in excellent original condition and virtually without flaws.
This may be the only authentic period 1941 Cadillac Woody in existence. As such, it was invited to participate in the General Motors Woody Class at The Pebble Beach Concours to mark GM's 100th anniversary.