Ford Super Deluxe Woodie Station Wagon
Probably few people were surprised when United States automobile production was halted on February 10, 1942. War preparations had been in the air for months, indirectly boosting the sales of 1941 cars, as the public sensed that it might be their last chance for a new car.
In May 1940, President Roosevelt chose William Knudsen of General Motors to head a new National Defense Council. Already automakers were searching for substitutes for metals likely to become scarce: zinc, nickel, and chromium. On May 24, 1941, the President declared a state of national emergency. Shortly thereafter the nine auto manufacturers made an agreement with Knudsen to reduce 1942 production by 20 percent from projected schedules. Later, the reduction rose to 50 percent, and GM announced there would be no new models for 1943.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan, in January of 2012 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 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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