Got Wood? The 2009 Ford Flex Does

August 20, 2008
You waited long enough for the 2009 Ford Flex--and now you want that authentic Country Squire look without having to resort to shelf paper, scissors and a keen eye for straight edges. No need to worry--an aftermarket company's all set to Woody-fy your Flex and make it into something we all predicted would happen (hell, we even ran spy shots of a Flex with some kind of wrapping paper applied to it).

Auto Tech Plastics is the maker of the new Flex Woody kit. For $899, they'll give you a set of contact appliques and plastic trim that extend over the tops of the doors and the hatch area for a more seamless Woody look. The simulated grain apes teak and oak for a classic appearance not unlike that seen at this past weekend's Pebble Beach Concours, right alongside several Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang replicas and Colonel Klink's staff car. The Woody kit's guaranteed for three years, so peeling worries should be confined to your pasty skin.

You will have to apply the textures yourself--it looks easier than an Ikea bookshelf, but maybe some help would be a good thing. Auto Tech also offers professional installation, though they claim an 80-year-old grandmother has installed one.  Call 800-447-8410 if you're itching to one-up her, or cruise to their Web site.

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