Ford Standard Woodie Station Wagon
For 1940, Ford continued the policy of modeling the forward sheet metal of the Standard model on the previous year’s Deluxe. This maintained corporate identity, while exhibiting an obvious distinction to those who purchased the upscale car. As in previous years, the Standard lacked bright windshield moldings, and had a subdued grille. Further, while it shared with the Deluxe model the new steering column shift and sealed beam headlamps, the latter were surrounded by painted rims.
Inside, the seats were artificial leather, while the Deluxe had genuine leather facings, and the dashboard was painted in the single color Briarwood Brown. As before, there was no armrest for the center seat. The $75.00 price differential did not dissuade many buyers, as Deluxe wagons outsold the Standard 8,468 to 3,257.
The Standard station wagon appealed to commercial and government users because of its low price. All its practical aspects were the equal of the Deluxe, and such customers as the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water found it entirely satisfactory.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in June of 2012 at the Dingman Collection, Hampton, New Hampshire.
85 bhp, 221 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with Columbia rear end, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112".
Source: RM Auctions
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