1939 Ford DeLuxe Station Wagon

Sold For $60,500

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - ST. JOHN'S 27 JULY 2013

Chassis No.
  • An iconic design with original wood
  • Fewer than 22,000 miles, believed actual
  • Complete with upgraded 12-volt electrics

85 bhp, 221 cu. in. flathead V-8 engine, two-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse leaf spring, ¾-floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112 in.

The 1939 Ford DeLuxe Station Wagon represents, in many ways, the best of the old and the new: new with hydraulic brakes and leather-faced seats, and old in the floor-shifted transmission, indoor spare, “suicide”-style rear doors, and pleasantly old-fashioned ride and handling. Beautifully built from lumber harvested at Ford’s own timber mill in Iron Mountain, Michigan, it was essentially a magnificent piece of rolling, functional furniture, displaying workmanship that would never be seen today in such a proletarian vehicle.

Only 6,155 DeLuxe Wagons were built in 1939, and as most survivors were driven into the ground over passing decades, well-restored examples are seldom seen today. These are among the most highly desirable of all Ford wagons, and they are sought by collectors the world over.

Well-sorted and extremely attractive in its overall presentation, the DeLuxe offered here has been restored in the correct color of Washington Blue, with a brown interior, and has been upgraded with a 12-volt electrical system for ease of operation and greater touring enjoyment. Importantly, it reportedly retains its original woodwork, saved during the restoration, and is still in very good condition. Other accessories include dual bumper-mounted Ford script driving lights, a driver’s side mirror, full wheel covers, and a dashboard clock, giving the wagon an extremely authentic appearance.

The “woodie” shows 21,384 miles, and it would be perfectly appropriate for one’s summer home, picking up your Christmas tree, or simply carrying one’s family around in high style. The possibilities are limitless.

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