1939 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Station Wagon
Sold For $77,000Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 9 - 10 OCTOBER 2014 - Offered from the collection of Jeffrey Day
- Offered from the collection of Jeffrey Day
- A ground-up restoration with original wood
- Correct fit, finish, and detailing throughout
- Fewer than 22,000 miles, believed actual
85 bhp, 221 cu. in. flathead V-8 engine with a two-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with a transverse leaf spring, three-quarter floating rear axle with a 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, with the new features being hydraulic brakes and leather-faced seats and the old being the floor-shifted transmission, an indoor spare, “suicide”-style rear doors, and pleasantly old-fashioned ride and handling. As it was 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.
The vehicle offered here underwent a ground-up restoration in Washington Blue and features excellent paint finish, with no visible flaws or orange peel and a great shine. Its rubber running board covers are in like-new condition, as are its wide whitewall bias-ply tires, which are on painted steel wheels that have stainless trim rings and center caps. Ford script bumper-mounted fog lights have been added. The excellent brown leather interior is surrounded by all-original, correct Ford etched glass and is complemented by a beautifully finished wooden roof covered in proper grained black vinyl.
The dashboard is in excellent condition and features exquisite gauges and a banjo steering wheel that shows only a couple of minor cracks in its paint. Under the hood, the engine bay is nicely detailed and has been converted to a 12-volt electrical system, which allows the car to be driven regularly without trouble.
Most importantly, the body’s beautiful woodwork is original, solid, and in beautiful condition, with doors that still shut and fit beautifully, as-new.
This Ford Wagon is beautifully presented in excellent condition but is still set up to drive and enjoy, making it the best of all possible woodie worlds!