Arizona | Lot 110
1947 Ford Super DeLuxe Station Wagon
$56,000 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
16 January 2020
- Optional Wonderbar radio, heater, fog lights, and backup lights
- Retains its original 1947 California Year of Manufacture license plates
- Refreshed in 2014–2016, including repainting and refinishing the wood
- Regularly driven and enjoyed
Ford announced in March 1946 that there would be no 1947 model. A change of heart and good business sense by management set the new model year to begin on 19 February 1947. Cars were essentially unchanged from the previous year, though they did receive new round parking lights below the headlights, with costs increasing about $100 per car. Ford fell behind rival Chevrolet to number two in industry sales; however, it produced more station wagons than the bowtie brand—16,104 wagons in total at a base cost of $1,972. All were equipped with Ford’s ubiquitous 100 hp, 239 cu. in. flathead V-8.
Wood bodies featured white ash ribbing and birch over mahogany-look paneling fashioned by some 300 craftsmen at Ford’s Iron Mountain facility. The Super DeLuxe series was the top trim level and included chrome moldings around all windows, a horn ring, two sun visors, armrests on all doors, passenger assist straps, and horizontal chrome trim on the body.
This Super Deluxe woodie was purchased by the consignor in 2007, reputedly part of the Nethercutt Collection in its earlier history. During 2014–2016, the vehicle was disassembled by Alex DeUlla, a retired employee of the esteemed Nick Alexander Collection. Of note, all the wood is original to the car except for some replacement work done to the roof. During the disassembly, all wood was refinished and the vehicle repainted Glade Green. It is described by the consignor as being in exceptional condition.
Equipped with a Wonderbar radio, heater, and both fog lights and backup lights, it also retains the original California 1947 Year of Manufacture license plates and includes an owner’s manual. The consignor adds that it is properly sorted, as he regularly drove and enjoyed the car during his ownership.