Ford Deluxe Woodie Station Wagon
The 1938 model year was doubly significant for Ford station wagons. It was the first year that Ford’s Standard and Deluxe series were differentiated by their front end sheet metal. Through 1940, each year’s Standard cars had hoods and grilles similar to the previous year’s Deluxe, with slight differences, while Deluxe cars had a completely different look.
Standard model cars had a modified 1937-style grille and hood, while the Deluxe models, the first to be styled by E.T. Gregorie’s new design section, adopted a heart-shaped motif. Sedans also got new bodies, with a curved fastback contour. All cars were available with the 85-bhp V8, while Standard models could be ordered with the economy 136 cubic inch 60-bhp unit, which had become available in 1937. In mid-year, Ford upgraded the 85-bhp engine by adding three head bolts per side – these became known as “24-stud” engines.
On station wagons, the spare tire was moved inside, behind the driver’s seat and furnished with a canvas or artificial leather slip-over cover. The body was newly revised, the five horizontal panels of 1935-37 giving way to a two-panel configuration. For 1938, the station wagon was built only as a Deluxe model, with 6,944 built.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona 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 two-speed rear end, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112".
Source: RM Auctions
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