Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible
Although Ford was the first American automaker to return to production after World War II, starting the assembly line on July 3, 1945, it was months before cars became available to customers. The first public showing of the Ford line took place on October 26. The new Sportsman models took even longer to reach production. Although announced in September, the first car was not delivered until Christmas.
So even though the 1946 model year was long, a full 18 months, Sportsman production reached only 1,209 units, barely half that achieved in 1947. Restyling from 1942 was modest: a new horizontal four-bar grille, new hood ornament and bumper guards. Nearly everything else was the same. The engine gained ten horsepower, courtesy of Mercury’s 239 cubic inches, and the entry-level Special series was laid to rest. Rationalization of the product line left fewer distinct body styles, despite addition of the Sportsman to the top-line Super Deluxe catalog.
To paraphrase an old adage, the beauty was in the details. The grille, taillights, hubcaps, wheels, dashboard and instruments all had nice delicate red accent lines, regardless of exterior color. There was even a red-outline Ford oval on the rear bumper.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
100 bhp, 239.4 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with Columbia overdrive, 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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