Ford Super Deluxe Woodie Station Wagon
Very significant changes made to the 1941 Fords had a big impact on the station wagon models. The Ford design team headed by E.T. Gregorie undertook a complete redesign, not only of Ford but also its two-year-old sister car, Mercury. Gone was the “pointed prow” look that had characterized Edsel Ford’s thinking and Gregorie’s drawings since the mid-1930s. “We had so much of that pointy effect…that we decided to pursue a fresh-looking effect – a fuller, rounder, more bloated and horizontal effect,” he later recalled for historian Henry Dominguez. “I sold Mr. Ford on the horizontal effect.” He did so with good reason: all manufacturers were “going horizontal” by 1941, and keeping the status quo would have left Ford looking antiquated.
The wheelbase of the Ford was increased two inches, to 114. Body designs were made smoother, with higher fender lines, the effect most pronounced on the coupe. The frontal aspect, however, was a compromise, for manufacturing reasons, with which Gregorie was less than happy. “It had that hangdog look,” he once said.
To blend with the new cowl and fender shapes, the station wagon bodies had to be modified. This meant a new roofline and body contours. The doors were flared out at the bottom to partially cover the running board, and vent windows were added to the front doors. Bodies were framed in maple, with panels of either birch or gumwood. There were still two series of wagons, but “series inflation” had crept into their names. What had been Standard and Deluxe became Deluxe and Super Deluxe, respectively. The entry-level Ford had become a new low-priced Special series, not offered as a station wagon. All Fords were now available with a new six-cylinder engine, replacing the small 60-hp V8. The number of six-cylinder wagons is not recorded. Production levels of the two wagon series were almost the same, 8,128 Deluxe models, slightly more than 2,000 of them built in Canada, and 9,485 Super Deluxes.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania 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: 114".
Source: RM Auctions
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