1949 Dodge Coronet

1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon

In a previous post I mentioned how rare the 1949 Dodge Coronet was, with less than 300,000 Dodge passenger vehicles manufactured for that model year. Additional research indicates that only 800 Coronets were wood-sided station wagons. Yes, the 1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon was a rare vehicle from it's inception so finding one today, running and in good condition is really awesome.

I showed the front and grille section of today's vehicle in a bit of a teaser post here. Today we get a better look at this vintage car as I saw it on the parking lot of an automotive repair and maintenance establishment in Baltimore County, Spicer Motors.

1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon
1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon

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So here she is in all of her 2013 beauty, some 64 years after leaving the assembly line. This car is stunningly elegant considering it's age and the fact that everything seems to be original.

One of the first post-war body styles offered by Dodge, the Coronet Woody Wagon was outfitted with a 230-cubic inch engine cranking out 103 horsepower and a top speed of 90 miles per hour.

1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon
1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Wagon

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Above is a shot from another angle that I processed with an artistic touch using Topaz Lab's Simplify plugin.

This wonderful vehicle must make it's current owner(s) quite proud every time they look at it. I understand that this very vehicle was once owned by the Gambino family of New York, adding another bit of history and intrigue.

1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Steering Wheel
1949 Dodge Coronet Woody Steering Wheel

A quick peek inside shows the original steering wheel and instrumentation of the classic car. The odometer currently shows 32284 in this shot but with more than six decades under her belt, who knows what the true mileage is.

For some odd reason I find the pitted chrome on the horn section of the steering wheel attractive. Seems to add a little character and speaks to the vehicle's age.

I truly enjoyed seeing this car and having the opportunity to photograph it. I hope you enjoyed seeing the photograph's as well.

Thanks for clicking by!

1949 Dodge Coronet

Vintage cars are often seen at car shows, museums and auctions but it's the really rare ones that garner the most attention and intrigue. I immediately begin to think about the vehicle's history, where it's been and who may have owned it. If there is someone around like the current owner or a mechanic, that is usually an opportunity to strike up a conversation. Few vintage car owners will pass on a chance to talk about their car and share some of it's history. Such was the case some weeks ago while driving past an auto shop known for it's restoration work and attention to detail. I always look forward to passing this location because you never know what may be sitting out front.

On this particular day the car out front sitting in the 100-plus degree heat was a rare piece in extremely outstanding condition. This baby was manufactured before I was even born, yet it looked like it was barely a year old. Furthermore, fewer than 300,000 passenger vehicles were manufactured by Dodge in 1949, making this car truly a rare find.

1949 Dodge Coronet
1949 Dodge Coronet

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I have several other shots of this beauty to share but this is the first one processed. There is also a tid-bit of history associated with this car, as relayed to me by the shop owner and mechanic who has worked on it. We will cover that in a future post soon.

Image processed in Lightroom 5

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