Ford Super Deluxe Woodie Station Wagon
Ford’s 1948 model year began and ended early. Work was feverishly progressing on the all-new models designed by George Walker. Thus the older cars were continued almost without change. Cars were given a new model number, 89A, and serial number prefix beginning in October 1947. The only other significant change was to the ignition switch.
Station wagon production halted at Iron Mountain in March 1948. The facility was slated to build the new hybrid steel-wood bodies for 1949 Fords and Mercurys, and the Mercury came on line first, in April. Thus total Ford wagon volume for the 1948 model year was much reduced, just 8,912, barely half that of 1947 in a season half as long. The era of the all-wood wagon had ended, but a new one was beginning. Production of the new type bodies at Iron Mountain would soar, the output for 1949 more than doubling the previous record.
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 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
100 bhp, 239.4 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with Columbia rear axle, 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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