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Lot 632
1939 Ford DeLuxe Station Wagon


Selling on Saturday Evening

From The Tom Sharp Collection

CHASSIS NO: 184894175

• Expertly restored, maintaining all-original woodwork
• Sought-after Folkstone Gray exterior
• Ford’s first hydraulic brake woodie wagon
• Best in Class at the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance

239 cid flathead V-8 engine, 85 HP, three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, solid front axle with transverse leaf springs, 3/4 floating rear axle with transverse leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 112”

The beautifully hand-built 1939 Ford V-8 DeLuxe station wagon represents, in many ways, the best of both the old and the new - new features including leather-faced seats and hydraulic brakes and the old being the floor-shifted transmission, an indoor spare, “suicide”-style rear doors, and pleasantly old-fashioned ride and handling. Ford was on a roll in the ‘30s with massive production numbers, and these hand-assembled wagons were becoming less of a priority, with just 6,155 built, or about 128 for each U.S. state at the time. Collectors have always cherished these late pre-war wagons, not only for their classic styling but also for their rugged and durable drivetrains.

This lovely example was in solid condition before a comprehensive restoration began, with just over 53,000 miles showing from new. It was originally configured as an ambulance, in private service at a huge lumber mill in Burns, Oregon. It was stored and maintained in the local fire station for decades before our consignor purchased it in 2011. Maybe most remarkable, the lovely wagon offered here sports all of its original Northern Michigan woodwork, which was painstakingly refinished and restored in 2012 by renowned experts, Veley’s Restoration in Boring, Oregon. Their work is highly accurate and remains in pristine condition.

The paint and bodywork were handled by Kevin Hanson of Kent, Washington, beautifully recreating the original Folkstone Gray finishes throughout. Every piece of chrome trim is also original, fully restored, and accurately presented, and all of the items such as the top, window seals, and running boards are just like new. The windows are clean and clear, and a ride in this wagon is like a time capsule for all the occupants. The interior is likewise beautifully accurate, with fresh leather surfaces and amazing woodwork throughout, all handled by Paul Reichlin from Mt. Vernon, Washington. His work stands tall, from the sumptuous leather seating surfaces to the properly finished door panels and the incredible dash. Original features include the factory radio and accessory heater, both of which work perfectly.

With under 10 miles since the thorough restoration, the engine bay and underside of the car remain in pristine condition, the benefactors of the skills of Troy Green of Puyallup, Washington. Done to a very high standard, the accuracy of the components and finishes is simply outstanding. The Columbia overdrive transmission is original and performs very well, and mechanically, everything is recently sorted. The car starts easily, runs silently, and the new owner will certainly enjoy the fruits of all these efforts. It’s a wagon that will certainly elicit stares and cheers wherever you enjoy it, whether that’s the Early Ford V-8 events or nearly any concours in the country.

Thoroughly restored to a very high standard, this iconic Station Wagon was a winner at the only concours it has entered, winning Best in Class at the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance just a few miles from where it has resided. It is otherwise unshown and stands ready to garner attention and awards at all future outings. Collectors know that there is just something special about highly original cars with great 'bones' and this all-original wood “Woodie” is one of those very sought-after examples. Great cars such as this are accordingly recognized by sophisticated collectors and enthusiasts for their rarity and intrinsic beauty. Potential new owners will no doubt be pleased upon inspection of this great offering.

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