Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible
Ford rolled out new “spring models” keeping the same model nomenclature, they had new round parking lamps below the headlights and a new hood medallion. The hub cap design, too, was changed, as were the bumper guards. Gone were the red accents, perhaps missed the most. In typical pragmatic Ford fashion, the changes were introduced incrementally on the assembly line, as parts became available, so there was no specific date or serial number on which the “spring models” began.
Early experience with the Sportsman had shown that the crosspiece on the trunk lid, mounted high, where the lid was almost horizontal, collected water, to its detriment. For 1947 the crosspiece was lowered somewhat and beveled on its upper edge, to better shed moisture. The exact phase-in of this change is not recorded, and in any case some early cars were modified to make them more weather resistant.
Even in 1947, when production rates had increased, the Sportsman sold at disappointing levels. In the summer of 1947, prices were reduced by $100, to little effect. Model year production reached only 2,250, one-tenth the volume of the steel-bodied Super Deluxe convertible. Although the Sportsman remained in production for the early part of the 1948 model year, except for their chassis numbers those early ‘48s were identical to 1947s. The last Sportsman built, for example, does not have the new ignition lock that was the principal differentiation for 1948 models. By the end of October 1947, Sportsman production had ended for good.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, 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.
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 and Gooding & Company
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