Ford Super Deluxe Coupe
The sales success of Mercury, introduced in 1939, highlighted consumer desire for more interior room, and it significantly influenced the design of the Ford model line in 1941. The most significant change was a longer wheelbase of 114 inches, a move that was mirrored by archrival Chevrolet. In addition, the headlights were repositioned higher up and farther to the outside of the front fenders, providing vastly improved road lighting.
For 1942, yet another styling revision brought a more integrated grille, along with new front fenders, a new hood and fully concealed running boards. These carefully refined cars were also one inch lower than before, with lower and wider leaf springs, a wider tread and dual stabilizer bars. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, however, civilian automobile production ended altogether on February 4, 1942 to redirect America’s massive manufacturing capacity to the war effort. Consequently, few cars were produced for the 1942 model year and even Ford’s production volumes were held to about 43,000 units during the 1942 calendar year.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
96bhp, 221 cu. in. V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, ¾-floating rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114".
Source: RM Auctions