1940 Gar Wood 19ft Custom Runabout – SOLD

1940 Gar Wood 19ft Custom Runabout – SOLD


1940 Gar Wood 19ft Custom Runabout

Gar Wood Boats’ success was directly tied to owner Garfield Wood’s dominance in winning almost every race he ever entered. His hands-on designs and special engine configurations were considered the leading technology of the era. Gar Woods are among the most sought-after and valuable boats on today’s classic wooden boat market.

This 1940 Gar Wood Custom Runabout named “Cracker Jack” was purchased by the Kilpatrick Sales Corporation and received on July 2nd, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri. It was used for recreation and transportation on the Mississippi River in the Clarksville area. In 1964 the boat, along with a collection of antique cars, was involved in a warehouse fire where is suffered damage. It was finally restored in 1984 when the original owners moved to Spokane Washington and had Sid Young of Stan Craft perform the work. The current sellers purchased the boat from the original owners on October 19th, 2012 and transported it from Spokane, Washington to Nevada City, California where Curtis Bauman and Aaron Gack completely restored “Cracker Jack” to its original condition.

“Cracker Jack” is powered by a Chrysler Crown 6 cylinder with 103 hp. It was rebuilt by John Allen in 2012. Stanley Marshall provided the upholstery work using real leather throughout.  The boat features a “no soak” fiberglass bottom which was done during the restoration in 2012 as well. The deck, hull sides and transom varnish are in excellent condition. The upholstery has been meticulously maintained and is original in styling. The boat is protected by a custom full waterline cover and comes with a 2013 California Trailer Works dual axle custom trailer.

“Cracker Jack” won “BEST GAR WOOD OF SHOW” award in the 2016 Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance boat show.

Records available as well as a complete book with pictures of the restoration in 2012.

  • Year: 1940
  • Builder: Gar Wood
  • Model: Custom Runabout
  • Length: 19’
  • Engine: Chrysler Crown 6 Cylinder, 103 hp
  • Trailer: 2013 California Trailer Works dual axle trailer
  • Price: $125,000.00